Considering the sheer amount of changes taking place during , every day presents a new symptom. And it's too easy to be scared by it. You have a lot of questions and are too confused by the insights of well-meaning loved ones. We're here to help by answering all pregnancy related queries. Read on.
Vaginal discharge is completely normal during pregnancy, as it is a result of raging hormones and increase in blood flow towards your uterus. It’s only a problem if your discharge has a green/brownish colour accompanied by a foul odour. Similarly, mild spotting and cramps are fairly common in the first trimester. However, if your spotting feels more like menstrual flow and the cramps limit your movements, call your doctor immediately.
While most over-the-counter medicines like a paracetamol are safe for short term use during pregnancy, it is always wise to consult with your gynaecologist first. Pain – from headaches to backaches and joint pains – will be your constant companion during pregnancy, and you will find yourself reaching for that painkiller more often than not. Therefore, it’s only prudent to ask your gynaecologist to prescribe some pregnancy-safe medications along with the recommended dosage and frequency.
There’s no telling what could cause an emergency C-section. However, if you tick off any of the conditions from this list, a C-section may be on the cards for you. Conditions include: narrow pelvic bones, past history of C-section, lack of foetal growth, the baby is not lying in a safe position, high levels of amniotic fluid in the water bag, your placenta covers the opening of the cervix, blocking the baby’s passage.
For starters, you and your partner will undergo blood tests to determine your blood group and presence of any infections. The mom will have to undergo urine tests to check for blood sugar levels and diabetes. As your pregnancy progresses, you may have to undergo a vaginal screening to check for infections, and blood count tests to check for genetic or chromosomal defects.
There are some nutrients that even a healthy wholesome diet cannot provide for in adequate quantities, especially during pregnancy when your body needs more than the usual amount of nutrients. As such, you will have to take Folic Acid supplements, which ensure your baby’s healthy growth and development. In addition, you will also require Vitamin C and D, iron and calcium supplements too. However, make sure you consult with your doctor about the dosage and frequency.
While morning sickness subsides on its own, it can cause tremendous discomfort in the weeks that it does happen. It can cause dehydration, frequent headaches, loss of appetite and so on. You can’t do much to prevent it, but you can ease it in a few ways. Drink plenty of water, stay away from spicy, heavily flavoured foods. Eat small but frequent meals instead of large meals. To-be dads, make sure you’re around to help the mom out, ensure she gets enough water, healthy snacks and rest. If you notice extreme dehydration and headaches, call your doctor.
Yes. You will not only have frequent urges to pee, but also struggle with controlling your bladder as your pregnancy progresses. Invest in panty-liners to help you out in case of a leakage. Also, undertake to strengthen your pelvic muscles and help you control your bladder and urine flow.
It is common for couples to worry that sex will harm the baby. However, you can have all the sex you want during pregnancy, without even disturbing the little human. You may only have to hold off in the advanced stages of pregnancy, to avoid discomfort to the mother. Although, it is important to keep an eye out for excessive bleeding and intense pain during and after sex, which may be signs of a problem. Aside from that, if you go at your own pace and make sure you both are comfortable, there shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Even though everyone around you is , it’s completely normal to experience sadness, anxiety and even depression during pregnancy. And this isn’t limited to the mother alone. Dads-to-be are also prone to feeling particularly low. Hormones and the overwhelming feeling of whether or not you’ll be able to be a good parent can have this effect. It is important that you talk it out with your partner, a trusted loved one or even a professional therapist.
This is an exciting time for you as a couple, but it’s also filled with a lot of questions and doubts. Remember, in these matters, there’s no such thing as a silly question.
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