pregnancy health care
Know the signs of labour
. a) Read about child birth and know the signs of labour.b) Communicate it to your partner
Prepare the nursery or a child s corner in your home
. a) Getting a child's corner or a nursery ready at home gives the ?to ? be mom' a great pleasure.b) Both you and your partner can shop together for the things required for it
Be careful while taking any medication
. a) Inform your practitioner about your pregnancy if you need to take any medication.b) Many medicines are not allowed during pregnancy so be informed
Have an alcohol free pregnancy
. a) Avoid taking alcohol during pregnancy as it is seen to cause developmental problems in the foetus.b) If you are addicted, reduce the intake to the minimum
Travel guidelines during pregnancy
. a) Travel should be avoided during the first trimester as there are chances of a miscarriage or other complications.b) Travel in the second and third trimester is safe up to 30-32 weeks.c) Travel after 32-33 weeks becomes dangerous as there might be chances of pre mature labour. Ask your practitioner and travel only if you must.
Take your parents advice
. a) Talk to your parents and take their advice. They are experienced and will advise you correctly.b) Make them also a part of your pregnancy. Ask for any help and they would be happy to give it. Be grateful to them.
Your thoughts matter a lot
. a) Read a good book during pregnancy.b) Your thoughts have a great effect on the child growing inside you.
Babysit your friend s baby
. a) You may babysit a friend's baby and learn a few tips from her. Playing with a baby is known to be a great stress buster.
Make a birth plan ready
. a) Keep your registration card and all your reports handy in case of emergencyb) Keep a birth plan ready before the arrival of the baby.c) Keep the cameras, picture albums handy
Adequate Physical Exercise
. a) Light floor exercise during pregnancy helps you maintain your weight.b) Pelvic exercises strengthen your pelvic muscles which help in the smooth delivery of the baby.
Shun your smoking habit
. a) It's time to get rid of your habit of smoking. It not only harms your lungs but also affects the foetal growthb. b) Avoid places that allow smoking as even passive smoking affects the foetus adversely.
Take adequate sleep
. a) 8 ? 10 hours of sleep is a must in pregnancy.b) Avoid watching horror movies before sleeping
. a) Keep the channel of communication open with your partner.b) Regularly talk to your practitioner and update him/her on any new developments in your pregnancy
. a) Living in a clean environment and taking care of your personal hygiene is paramount to having a hassle free pregnancy. b) While bathing, take care against slipping on wet floor.c) Take care of your dental hygiene. Complete all dental procedures if any by the 2nd trimester.
Stay away from strong smells
. a) Avoid using strong smelling insect killers, detergents, solvents and paints as it may expose you to chemicals present in them.b) A particular smell may irritate you in pregnancy, avoid it.
It s time to become a parent
. a) Prepare yourself physically and mentally to become a parent.b) Be happy and know about the healthy behaviour. Discuss them with your doctor and partner. You may attend classes on foetal development, its growth and child birth.
. a) You must avoid any stressful activity during pregnancy. It could be excessive physical activity or any house hold chores.b) Avoid negative thoughts and feelings.c) Practice relaxation exercises like closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.d) Make a habit of going for a morning walk preferably in a park or a garden.e) Do light exercise. It's a proven stress buster.f) Build positivity in your home and surroundings. Meet cheerful people.g
Manage your diet
. a) Eating nutrition - rich food is vital in the development of your baby. A balanced diet will keep your pregnancy free of risks and complications.b) Consumption of protein, calcium, folic acid, iron and vitamins like A, C, E and B in right amounts is mandatory.c) Eating fruits like apples, pomegranates and seasonal fruits give adequate minerals and vitamins to your body.d) Fluid intake has to be optimum to prevent dehydration, indigestion or oth
. a) Once the pregnancy is tested positive, consult a good practitioner who will appraise you about the different stages of pregnancyb) Record the medical history of yours and your spouse's family so that if there is a complication, it can be treated immediately