The news of pregnancy comes with different feeling it could be that overwhelming feeling of joy, shock or simply a combination of both. Well irrespective of the way you feel about it, we are here to help you get through this stage successfully.
All you need to do is relax and give us the privilege to help you get through the early stage. Below are five things to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Fix An Appointment With A Midwife
The moment you discover you are pregnant, inform your GP about it so you can book an appointment with a midwife as early as possible. Your environment or where you live will determine when you get to book your first official antenatal appointment which is referred to “booking appointment.” The first booking appointment should take place when you are 10 weeks gone, but for any reason, it can also be done within eight weeks and 12 weeks.
Your booking appointment can be conducted anywhere convenient bet it your home, clinic, hospital or your GP’s surgery room and this could last for about two hours. There are certain things your midwife is expected to do during the appointment which includes:
- Ask you vital questions centered on your medical health, if you’ve previously been pregnant and your general lifestyle.
- Provides you with important information on how to take care of yourself during this stage, such as healthy way of eating and the right of exercise your body needs.
- Calculating your body mass index by measuring your height and asking you to weigh yourself.
- Check your blood pressure
- Inform you about the necessary antenatal screening tests
Quit smoking if you do
Miscarriages, premature labor, and ectopic pregnancy are more prevalent for women that smoke during pregnancy. The growth of the unborn baby can also be affected the kind of smoke you inhale during this period and might result to low birth weight.
If you find it challenging to quit, talk to your midwife or doctor about it, they will be able to help you out by linking you up with the stop-smoking support scheme in your vicinity. Or you can put a call across to the smoke-free advice line.
We can’t say for sure the how dangerous the use of e-cigarettes are during pregnancy, but they are best avoided as nicotine, and other toxins are contained in the vapor emitted. Rather than using an e-cigarette as a means of quitting smoking, talk to your doctor or midwife to help you with other healthier alternatives.
Do Away With Alcohol
As one cannot say for sure the amount of alcohol that is not harmful during pregnancy, it is therefore advisable to do away with it completely while pregnant. Even if you must have a little alcohol while pregnant is should after your first trimester. Alcohol intake during the first 12 weeks puts you at a high risk of miscarriage. After your first trimester, your alcohol intake should not exceed one or two units within the week.
Cut Down On Caffeine
Reduce your intake of coffee while expecting to a minimum of 200mg worth of caffeine a day. This means you are only allowed to take a cup of brewed coffee or just two cups of instant coffee. Taking anything above 200mg of caffeine regularly will put you on a high risk of having a miscarriage.
The 200mg isn’t only limited to coffee. This means whatever source of caffeine you’re having such as teas, cola, energy drinks, and chocolates should not exceed this limit daily.
Eating healthy means eating the right proportion and combination of food at the right time. This will help you get all the nutrient your unborn child needs to grow healthily. Make enquires about healthy pregnancy diet and choose those that best suits you.
Avoid meals that would make you put on extra calories during your first and second trimester. Also for the health of your baby, certain foods should be avoided as they may contain parasites, bacteria or toxin. Some of which are raw or undercooked meat, cheeses, unpasteurized dairy products, raw shellfish, liver, and pate. Raw or lightly cooked eggs with the red British Lion Quality mark are good to go.
Get Reliefs From Pregnancy Sickness
A lot of pregnant women suffer from different forms of sickness during their first trimester. Eating very little but more often helps to ease nausea. Pay closer attention to the kind of food that best suit your body during this stage and avoid those that upset you. The sickness is expected to ease between your 16 and 20 weeks.
If you keep throwing up several times in a day contact your midwife or doctor to proffer a lasting solution for you. You may likely suffer from a severe morning sickness called “hyperemesis gravidarum.”
Learn The Danger Signs
Certain symptoms experienced during pregnancy should not be overlooked. Contact your midwife or doctor if you keep experiencing cramp to ascertain what it is. If the cramp is accompanied by bleeding, reach out to your midwife, GP or the early pregnancy unit (EPU) of your hospital right away.
Rest As Much As You Can
The rapid change in the hormone level of your body could continuously make you feel tired or exhausted during your first trimester. Get as much rest as can during this stage although it could be a bit of a challenge if you’ve got a job to keep. Try to get to bed early, and you don’t necessarily have to sleep off immediately, you can relax your mind with soft music or a book. Just disconnect yourself from work whichever way you can. Catch as much sleep as you can before your baby arrives because things would take a different turn afterward.
The best position for sleeping during pregnancy would be sleeping on your side so try getting used to it. Lying on your back is not advisable because it can affect the quantity of blood that reaches your baby whereas lying on your stomach becomes more difficult the bigger your bump gets. The risk of stillbirth is significantly reduced during the third trimester by sleeping on your side as against sleeping on your back.