A Quick Read
Pregnancy is a wonderful experience as well as intimidating when it is your first time. Here in this blog, we will answer the top 15 pregnancy-related questions. This will be helpful for every pregnant woman.
#1 When will the baby start moving?
Answer - The majority of pregnant women feel the baby’s movement by week 17 or 18 and it can last until around week 25.
It usually feels like ‘flutters’ or ‘bubbles’ as many women explain it. It can occur at a certain time during the day although it may not be the case for everybody. Sometimes you can expect to wake up suddenly because of those quickenings.
What to do in case you don’t feel quickening frequently?
Well, not everybody feels it but if you think that you never felt quickening not even once by week 17-21, or maybe you experience the decrease in the number of kicks, it will be time for you to consult your gynaecologist. Who will inspect the baby is alright or not by running tests.
#2 How much will I weigh during pregnancy and what is the right weight to gain?
Answer - According to Tommys.org, every pregnant woman gains weight differently so there are no official guidelines for how much weight you should gain. The most important thing is to keep your weight gain to a safe and healthy level for you and your baby.
Only some of the weight you gain in pregnancy will be body fat. The other things causing weight gain will include:
- your baby
- the placenta
- the amniotic fluid (the water surrounding your baby)
- your growing breasts
- the increased blood you need
- natural fluid retention.
Well, it is necessary to eat a good diet during pregnancy for every mom-to-be. The misconception that it is necessary to eat for two is not valid.
Really! You need to clear your confusions that being pregnant doesn’t mean eating double! So taking the right calories will help you with gaining the right weight!
#3 Can I or shall I exercise during pregnancy?
Answer - This one is totally dependent on your conditions. You may consult your doctor before doing any activity.
If your pregnancy is healthy what you need is 150 mins of aerobic activity or what we call as cardio, every 7 days a week.
Activities which can be done are as follows:-
- Walking: The most efficient and the most popular one which every pregnant woman must try and is also the best to start with if you are new to cardio. Also do take proper care of the surroundings where you are working out! Make sure that you don’t slip or fall.
- Yoga: Yes this ancient practice is beneficial in every possible way. Which not just limits pregnant women but for everybody. And you can also start with the easy yoga poses which are extremely simple yet efficient and useful.
Also, you need to make sure that you don’t do any yoga which involves the following:
- Lying on the abdomen
- And the vice-versa that is lying on your back for too long
And of course, you need to know that you are not going to accomplish every possible milestone in a single day. It takes time hence, keep increasing the time from 5 mins to 30 mins. Like that.
- Swimming: Yes if you are previously familiar with swimming then you can pick it up and start over.
Now the benefits of workout:
- It will help to keep the body strong
- It will help boost your emotional levels
- It will help you prepare for delivery
- It will help you with constipation, sleep and other gastrointestinal problems common during the pregnancy period.
- It will improve heart rate, cardiovascular conditions and will be an asset in the stress management
You should always be aware of certain things which include:
- Being away from contact sports
- Never exercise until you get completely exhausted. Like whenever you are not able to talk during the workout session you should quit.
Although these were recommended to you. You must consult your doctor before doing anything heavy or just in general you know :)
#4 How to know if I am pregnant?
Answer- The most common indication is a missing period. It is also accompanied by other indications such as nausea, constipation and frequent urge to urinate.
#5 Can I have sex during pregnancy?
Answer - Yes you simply can have sex.
Long answer- Yes again it is normal. As while having the intercourse the penis of your partner will only penetrate the vagina and will never reach the baby. The baby is protected by the amniotic fluid and the muscular walls of the uterus. So you can have sex.
#6 What foods to eat and what to avoid during pregnancy?
Answer- Here is a shortlist of all eating FAQs.
- Salmon - Because it has high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which have numerous benefits some of which are promoting a healthy condition of the heart and preventing heart diseases.
- Eggs - As you probably know it has proteins, it is also a good supplement to add to your diet during pregnancy.
- Green vegetable - Important source of the essential nutrients in the body during pregnancy and in general.
- Dairy products - It is essential for ensuring the little one's proper development. It has calcium(which ensures bone strength), zinc and magnesium.
- Dry fruits
- Hydrogen Dioxide aka H2O aka Water - It is easy to understand because you are two now. Hence you must drink water and avoid dehydration. 2.5 litres is enough although it depends upon your body-weight.
What not to eat:
- Fish and meat have higher amounts of mercury. Some of those fishes to look out for are Marlin and tuna.
- Undercooked food
- Avoiding too much vitamin A
So these were some facts for you. :)
#7 When will tiredness go away?
Answer- Being tired is a common aspect of being pregnant. Only resting in this condition can help. After the first 12 weeks, you might seem to gain strength and stop feeling much tired. And most importantly if you feel something which is disturbing your sleep. Just try to forget about it. Otherwise, unnecessary tension can be harmful to the baby in the tummy.
#8 When will the bump become visible?
Answer- It depends on your condition and is unique to everybody. But generally, if you are being pregnant the first time you are most likely to show that small bump around 12 weeks. If you are expecting twins/multiples it is most likely to start before 12 weeks.
#9 How to ease my constipation during pregnancy?
Answer- It is common to experience constipation during pregnancy. You can try to ease them by:
- Drinking enough water. The juice is also a good option for you.
- Make your diet to include more fibre. It helps in smooth and clear bowel movements.
Those foods include green vegetables, beans and fruits.
- Always look forward to maintaining a good workout plan.
Before using any laxative or stool softener you should be consulting your doctor.
#10 What is the specific reason for being gassy during pregnancy?
Answer- During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone is produced even more and is the main culprit and reason for being gassy during pregnancy. The body produces it to relax the body and also affects the intestines. Thus as they become slow-moving movement stool becomes rigid.
#11 Is it safe to fly during pregnancy?
Answer - According to NHS.UK, It's usually safe to fly while you're pregnant and it shouldn't harm your baby if pregnancy is straightforward. Most airlines will not let you fly after week 37 of pregnancy, or week 32 if you're pregnant with twins or more babies.
#12 Is there anything I can do about the frequent urges to urinate?
Answer- A simple thing you can do is to lean forward as much as you can while peeing and emptying the bladder.
Avoid caffeine please, it’s not useful and will cause an increased number of frequent urges to urinate. Also, you should avoid drinking water just before bedtime.
#13 Is there any need to take supplements or prenatal vitamins?
Answer- According to WebMD, prenatal vitamins are supplements made for pregnant women to give their bodies the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor may suggest that you take them when you begin to plan for pregnancy, as well as while you’re pregnant.
Eating a healthy diet is always a wise idea--especially during pregnancy. It's also a good idea to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in your diet.
You should look for proper folic acid in the supplement as it is necessary for the baby’s birth to be defect-free.
Last but not least, you must consult your doctor before starting or doing something new during pregnancy.
Thanks for staying till the end
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