Guide to a happy & healthy Pregnancy

What to expect when you are expecting?

 

02/07/2021

1. AM I PREGNANT? DON’T PANIC, WE’VE GOT YOU

When you first discover you are pregnant, it is natural to feel overwhelmed with emotions of excitement, happiness, disbelief, elation, scared and even surprised. You might have been feeling nauseous or missed your monthly period. Don’t panic – you can confirm your hunch with a pregnancy test.

The BETA HCG blood test is used to determine if you are pregnant. The HCG hormone is generated, specifically in the early embryos. Since the hormone is found in maternal blood and urine, it is the basis of many pregnancy tests.

2. IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR GROWING BELLY

Pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, each lasting for approximately 3 months. During your pregnancy you may experience morning sickness, heartburn and even food cravings. Did you know that 60% of pregnant women have food cravings? All women experience pregnancy and symptoms of pregnancy differently.

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Hormonal changes will affect almost every organ in the body:

  • Morning sickness.
  • Mood swings.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Constipation.
  • Weight gain or loss.

The baby bump & pregnancy glow:

  • Baby bump will start to show.
  • Back aches & pains.
  • A line on your belly.
  • Stretch marks on belly & thighs.

Final countdown:

  • Swelling of ankles, fingers & face.
  • Baby “dropping”.
  • Belly button may protrude.
  • Sleeping difficulties.
  • Frequent urination.

3. NOURISH YOUR BODY: VITAMINS & MINERALS

Your doctor or gynaecologist may prescribe vitamins to give your body the boost needed for a healthy pregnancy.

Here are 5 antenatal vitamins and minerals you can consider:

  • Folic Acid helps with neutral tube development and can help prevent Spina Bifida.

  • Vitamin D helps support healthy bone development and your immune system.

  • Iron helps prevent anaemia, which can affect delivery of oxygen to your baby.

  • Calcium helps to circulate blood, move muscles and release hormones.

  • Zinc helps wound healing, DNA synthesis, growth and development.

4. TOP 3 PREGNANCY MYTHS BUSTED

Most pregnant women have been told to “Eat for 2” or that “Having frequent heartburn indicates that the baby has a lot of hair”, but how many of these myths are true?

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Myth 1: Eating for two

Truth: Eating frequently and from various food groups will keep your blood sugar in constant range, which is healthy for you and your baby.

Myth 2: Say goodbye to seafood

Truth: Eating seafood is super-healthy during pregnancy however you should avoid anything uncooked such as sushi.

Myth 3: Skip the gym

Truth: Low impact workouts are a great way to prep your body for baby’s arrival. Talk to your doctor about pregnancy-safe workouts.

5. HOW COMPLICATED CAN A PREGNANCY GET?

It is very important for women to receive health care before and during pregnancy to decrease their risk of pregnancy complications. Many pregnancy symptoms are mild and do not progress. Always contact your doctor or gynaecologist if you have any concerns during your pregnancy.

BACK ACHE

  • Avoid long standing and lifting heavy weights, high-heeled shoes.

  • Apply hot or cold compression on back.

LEG CRAMPS

  • Take a walk every day.

  • Rotate ankles and wiggle toes when sitting.

HEART BURN

  • Chew the food well and eat slowly.

  • Avoid spicy, greasy and fatty foods.

VARICOSE VEINS

  • Reduce sodium intake to minimize swelling of the veins.

  • Reduce sodium intake to minimize swelling of the veins.

FREQUENT URINATION

  • Regular pelvic floor exercises.

  • Lean forward when urinate, this helps to empty the bladder better.