A pregnant woman, usually the first-time mom-to-be, will have a million, no, a zillion question in their mind. Can I do this, can I have that, is it good or bad etc. And of course, there will be thousands of opinions from friends, families, aunties, uncles, grandparents, and parents. Here are a few of those questions pop in a pregnant lady’s mind and reliable answers for it.
- What is my due date?
The due date actually counts from the last menstrual cycle. And usually, the due date comes after the 40 weeks of pregnancy. An ultrasound scan can predict the tentative date, though only 5 percent of women deliver the baby on the due date.
- How to deal with morning sickness?
Some people may not experience morning sickness while some experience severely. Everything is dependent on the individual and pregnancy. Instead of focusing on the discomforts, try to see the other part. Have your diet accordingly like avoid the morning tea, and then you may not vomit.
- Can I travel on a bike?
Traveling on a bike while you are pregnant is not recommended by doctors. It is advisable to use car or bus as it would be more comfortable and out of danger.
- Can I take day time naps?
Yes, you can take daytime naps when you feel fatigue. But don’t sleep long as it may affect your night sleep.
- What all foods should I avoid?
Avoid food that causes health risks. It includes sea food, unpasteurized milk, processed food with fat, unripe papaya, pineapple are to be avoided among fruits.
- Can I have sex?
Of course, you can. Have a comfortable position of you and your partner. Sex during pregnancy strengthens your bond and also helps in inducing labor in the last week of pregnancy.
- What all vitamin supplements should I take?
Folic acid, Iron, and Calcium supplements are the usual ones. The Gynecologist will prescribe it after conducting urine and blood tests.
- Can I take a long journey or trip?
Since the first trimester is a danger zone with worries of miscarriage and morning sickness, it may not be comfortable. During the second trimester, consult with your doctor and plan a babymoon. You may find traveling a bit difficult during the third trimester as you get near to the due date.
- What all vaccinations should I take?
Tetanus vaccine of two doses and influenza vaccine against any seasonal outbreaks will prevent health risks during pregnancy.
- Can I have a normal child birth?
If the whole pregnancy terms complete without any complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, then it is considered as a low-risk pregnancy. A low-risk pregnancy usually has a vaginal birth or normal birth.
- When is it called a high-risk pregnancy?
A high-risk pregnancy is the existence of any pregnancy complications like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and multiple pregnancy. A high-risk pregnancy will be monitored closely with frequent checkups than low-risk pregnancy.
- How much weight gain during pregnancy?
Usually, in a normal pregnancy, the mother can put on about 10 to 12 kg on an average. It will be different depending on the pre-pregnancy weight and whether the pregnant woman is obese or carrying twins.
- Can I use a mobile? Does it harm my baby?
Using mobile phone simply may not harm the baby. But, it indirectly causes different issues like radiation exposure, screen light and its effect on sleep, etc.
- What all exercises should I avoid?
Heavy lifting exercises and overdoing the exercises should be avoided during pregnancy. Rigorous workouts in the first trimester may end up in miscarriage.
- Is it normal to have too much of vaginal discharges during pregnancy?
It is the hormonal functions that cause the heavy vaginal discharges during pregnancy. It changes as the pregnancy progresses.
- What will I do if I get bowel movements during labor?
It is quite natural to get bowel movements during the child birth. Many women experience it, and the mid wife or hospital staff would be equipped to deal with it.
- How to ease my indigestion during pregnancy?
Follow a diet rich in fiber and work out daily. Indigestion or constipation may occur during pregnancy. Don’t use laxatives without consulting doctor. It can be cured with simple diets.
- When should I announce the pregnancy to family members?
Usually the eight weeks are important as the pregnancy yet to confirm. There are chances of miscarriage during this time, and it is recommended to announce the pregnancy at least after two months.
- How will I know a miscarriage?
The woman gets menstrual like cramps or vaginal bleeding after the confirmation of pregnancy through a test or after the menstrual date. The vaginal bleeding may contain tissues indicating the chances of a miscarriage. An ultra sound scan will confirm a miscarriage.
- How long can I work?
The pregnant woman can work as long as she feels like strong enough to work. If the job is risky with so much of physical activity or traveling, it is advised to take maternity leave after seven months.
- How will I know when I go into labor?
The pregnant woman will get contractions on a frequent interval. Sometimes, the water may break. If the contractions get intense, then it will be a sign of labor.
- Can I watch movies in a theatre? Will the loud noise affect the baby?
Since the baby is well protected inside the amniotic sac, even the loud noises will be heard after a filtering. But so much of loud noise on a daily basis, like working in loud environment daily, may pose some health risks. And researches are yet to have a say on this issue.
- Do I have to attend any prenatal classes?
It is always good to be aware of the pregnancy changes, labor, and childbirth. Prenatal classes help you meet other pregnant women and establish a connection. It also makes you feel better and helps you clear your doubts.
- Should I consume any protein powder?
In general, doctors may not prescribe you any protein powder as the nutrient requirement during pregnancy can be met through a well-balanced diet. At the end of the day, it is dependent on the health of pregnant woman and the doctor.
- Can I have a hair removal (waxing) or often visits to the beauty parlor?
The skin will be more sensitive during pregnancy. Hence the hair removal procedures may feel more painful for you. But, there is nothing harmful in taking your parlor visits. If you are taking any special treatment, consult it with your doctor and go ahead.
- How much water should I drink?
On an average, a woman should drink 10 to 11 cup of water. During pregnancy, it is recommended to drink 12 to 13 cups of water every day to stay healthy.
- Why my feet get swollen?
It is quite normal and nothing to be worried about. When you are pregnant, the whole body fluid increases in volume in an effort to nurture the mother and the baby. As a result, the whole pressure on the pelvic region will be felt by the feet also. This makes it swollen.
- Can I have coffee or tea?
Too much of caffeine may increase your morning sickness in the first trimester. A large amount of caffeine may affect your blood pressure and heart rate, according to American Pregnancy Association.
- Will I get any support in case of breastfeeding difficulties?
It is important as many women these days face difficulty in breastfeeding in the first few days after childbirth. Usually, hospital staffs would be trained to support the mother in breastfeeding, but verify it with your health care provider.
- What do I do if the water broke before the due date?
It can happen in some pregnancies. There is nothing to worry about. Rush to the hospital at the earliest and prepare the mind for childbirth soon.