A healthy lifestyle is an important part of healthy pregnancy. During pregnancy, you must be more careful about everything you do from eating habits to physical activities. This is the time when you need to take care of yourself for the well-being of your unborn baby. Here are some tips on what a pregnant woman should do and avoid during pregnancy:
Diet and Nutrition.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables as these provide vitamins and minerals. They are an important source of fiber. Wash your fruits and vegetables properly before eating. Avoid fruits and vegetables like bitter melon, noni juice, and unripe papaya.
- Meat, fish and dairy products are the major source of protein for a pregnant woman. About 70 grams of protein should be consumed by her on a daily basis. Do not eat uncooked fish, seafood or meat. Not all fish are considered safe during pregnancy. Fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish are high in mercury so should be avoided during pregnancy. It may harm the growing brain of your fetus. Have fish like Shrimp, Crab, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, Canned light tuna, Salmon etc.
- Avoid eating raw eggs. Soft-boiled or raw eggs may carry salmonella bacteria which may not be harmful for the baby, but may cause you severe vomiting and diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache and high temperature etc. So, cook your eggs till hard and white before eating.
- Avoid raw sprouts of any kind, for example mung bean, radish, clover etc.
- Avoid unpasteurized milk, juices or soft cheese. Stick to pasteurized milk and hard cheeses like Cheddar and Parmesan.
- Cook your food properly to prevent foodborne diseases.
- Take prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement everyday as per doctor’s advice.
- Avoid having junk foods.
- Avoid readymade or store made food items.
- Do not take any medication without your doctor’s guidance.
Keeping track of weight gain during pregnancy is very important. The weight gain during pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy weight.
- Expectants who were underweight before pregnancy may gain between 12.5 and 18 kgs.
- Expectants who were at a normal weight before pregnancy may gain between 11 and 13.5 kgs.
- Expectants who were overweight before pregnancy may gain between 6.5 and 11.5 kgs.
- Expectants who were obese before pregnancy may gain between 5 and 10 kgs.
Alcohol & Smoking
If you are an alcohol addict or chain smoker, you need to give up these habits to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Both alcohol and smoking have bad effects on the baby. Consuming alcohol and smoking during the pregnancy increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, causes birth defects, slow down the baby’s growth, affect the baby’s brain, etc.
Quitting alcohol and smoking may be difficult, but you can always do it with the help of your doctor and counseling.
The effects of caffeine on pregnancy and the baby are unclear. But, it is assumed that too much consumption of caffeine during pregnancy may cause preterm birth or miscarriage. So, it is recommended to take guidance from your doctor regarding the consumption of caffeine.
Gone are the days when pregnant ladies were asked to limit their physical activities during pregnancy. Now everyone is aware of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. It helps in controlling the mood swings, improves sleep, reduces pregnancy aches and prevents & treats gestational diabetes. Low impact activities like walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics, dancing, yoga and stretching are considered ideal for a pregnant woman.
It is usually safe to have sex during pregnancy. But, consult the doctor if sex causes pain, vaginal bleeding or fluid leakage. You may find certain positions a bit uncomfortable, speak to your partner and avoid them.
Wondering whether you can travel during pregnancy? Your doctor’s consent and some small preparations from your side are enough for you to hit the road. Preparations you need to do before going to the trip are:
- Taking immunization shots, if any needed.
- Carry your medical record with you.
- Make sure the place you are going has good medical care facilities.
- Opt for a comfortable journey, sitting for long hours in a car or air travel may affect the blood flow in your legs. Make sure you take frequent breaks to stretch your legs, stand up, and move here and there.
As a would-be-parent, it’s your responsibility to secure your baby’s future. Saving your baby’s umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, or placental tissue must be a priority for you. It will not only help to secure your baby’s life, but also may help his/her siblings or other family members in the future.
A mother and baby relationship is the strongest bond in the world. It is a relationship beyond words and built even before the child is born. A mother is incomplete without her child and a baby is connected to the mother more than anyone else. A mother and baby relationship is a true example of selfless love and immense care. Cryobanks International India salutes this mother and baby relationship and gives you an opportunity to celebrate your relationship with your baby.
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Pregnancy is a crucial time period when you have to be careful about your health. Regular prenatal checkups are very important to keep a track of your and the baby’s health. These regular checkups and tests ensure that both the mother and the baby are healthy. It monitors the growth and development of the fetus and keeps you informed about the complication during pregnancy and the delivery process, if any.
Regular Checkup Schedule
Pregnancy (in weeks) Checkup Plan 4 – 28 Once a Month 28 – 36 Twice a Month 36 – birth Weekly
Your First Visit to the Doctor
It is always better to fix an appointment with a doctor you are already familiar with. It helps in maintaining the level of comfort between you and your doctor. Generally, the first visit involves lots of interaction. Your doctor may ask you questions regarding your lifestyle, relationships, health habits, etc. He may also discuss with you about pregnancy stages, pregnancy diet, etc. The doctor may conduct some physical examinations and tests like breast examination, pelvic examination, cervical examination, blood test, Pap test, etc. Ultra Sounds and Urine Tests are also conducted to check on if there is any sign of health problems in baby or would-be mother. He may also check your blood pressure, weight and calculate your pregnancy due date.
The subsequent prenatal checkups may include measuring abdomen to check baby’s growth, check baby’s heart rate, etc. You may also go through some tests throughout pregnancy to check on your baby’s healthy growth and development.
There are certain tests which a would-be mother has to undergo to ensure the safety of the fetus. Most of the tests are common for every expectant whereas some are recommended by the doctor on the basis of age, personal or family health history, ethnic background, the results of routine tests etc. Some of the common prenatal tests are:
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), First Trimester Screen, Amniocentesis and Maternal Serum Screen (AFP) help in diagnosing the high risk of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome and trisomy 18 and Neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
Glucose Challenge Screening and Glucose Tolerance Test help in detecting the risk of gestational diabetes to the pregnant mother and the baby.
Non-Stress Test (NST) is conducted to track the unborn baby’s health. Whether the baby is getting enough oxygen or showing any symptoms of distress.
Group B Streptococcus Infection test is taken to check for the bacteria that can cause pneumonia or serious infection in newborn.
Pregnancy (in weeks) Checkup Plan 10 – 14
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
First Trimester Screen
14 – 20
Maternal Serum Screen (AFP)
24 – 28
Glucose Challenge Screening
Glucose Tolerance Test
After 28th week Non-Stress Test (NST) 35 – 37 Group B Streptococcus Infection
All these tests are very important to keep a track of your baby’s healthy growth. So, make sure you don’t miss any of them.
Motherhood is a divine gift to the mankind. It is a wonderful experience to become a mother, but, at the same time challenging responsibility. And one usually gets petrified by the thought of pregnancy or motherhood. If prepared well, these challenges turn out to be fun. It will be nothing less than an adventure trip. Motherhood is a journey where you will encounter with something new every day. Each day will teach you a new lesson.
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Being a dad isn’t a child’s play. Trust us, your life will get upside down. This new addition to your family will even make you go crazy, but just for a few weeks. Becoming a father changes a man’s life completely. Don’t get scared. Being a father is the most wonderful feeling a man can ever experience. Bringing a tiny person in your life and taking care of him, seeing him grow is life’s best moments. But at the same time, it is essential for you to be prepared for this new role.
Get ready to spend sleepless nights: Once you step into the shoes of new daddy, the primary change that comes into your life is the sleepless nights. A newborn baby sleeps all day and all night, but 1 to 2 hours at a time. That means you will have to get up every time the baby wakes up. Furthermore, midnight diaper changing, and playing with the baby at 12 AM to soothe him when crying will become your part-time job. But all this will be temporary, until your baby gets 3 months old and starts taking 5 to 6 hours sleep at a time.
Be your partner’s Support system: Giving birth to a child is physically as well as emotionally stressful for a woman. It is your duty to be there as her support system. Work as a team. Help her out with household chores such as grocery shopping, laundry, dinner preparations etc. Be patient with her. Give her hugs and kisses regularly to appreciate her. Let her know you love her and be there for her always.
Share the responsibilities: Parenting is a full-time job. So, make sure you do your part. Take an active participation in bathing and feeding baby, changing his/her diapers, putting him/her to sleep or even sing her/him a song. Keep a check on your working hours and if possible restrict it. Take out some time for baby. This may give your partner a break to relax. Use this chance to bond with your tiny tot. And, you will discover the joy in fatherhood.
Sex would be the last thing in the mind: Your partner has gone through the delivery process and medically advised to stay away from sex for around 4 to 6 weeks. Apart from this, the physical changes she has gone through during and after pregnancy may restrict her emotional capacity for sex. But you can always cuddle her. This is the right time to deepen your relationship with your partner. Also the addition of the new member in your family will keep your partner so busy that you would hardly get any time to spend with her.
Fatherhood will definitely be the best change you experience in your life. A baby will teach you the true meaning of unconditional love. Whether you are an expectant father or a new daddy, your life might have already changed to some extent. Relax and take your time to adjust to the new changes and responsibilities. And, soon you will start enjoying being a father.
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