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.
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.
Hormonal changes will affect almost every organ in the body:
The baby bump & pregnancy glow:
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:
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?
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.
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.