Scheduling your 1st pre-natal visit
You should schedule your 1st pre-natal visit after 8 weeks from LMP or Last Menstrual Period. To simplify it, visit the doctor immediately as you come to know you are expecting. As every time the condition is different, pre-natal visits are important even when it’s not the first childbirth.
Be ready to face the series of essential questions your doctor is going to ask about your medical history.
- Height, weight and blood pressure
- Hemoglobin count
- Accurate date of your LMP and other gynecological details
- History of abortion and miscarriage
- Any birth control methods applied before
- Cases of hospitalizations or other medical history
- Family’s medical history, etc.
Also, you and your partner can ask any question regarding this new phase you are going to experience. Do not hesitate to clear your doubts, as this will help you to prepare for both expected as well as unexpected surprises.
Why is prenatal care so important for the would-be mother?
At the very initial stage when a couple visits a doctor, they are counseled with a pre-conception to discuss everything regarding gestation and recommendations. But why is it important?
It is because prenatal care is not just about monitoring the health of the mother, but also about the unborn child’s health. Certain possible issues like high blood pressure, insufficient weight gain, diabetes (due to gestation) can be harmful to the fetus if left untreated.
The doctor further checks weight, heartbeat and position of the fetus in the uterus. Early detection of any problem or risk factor can be cured safely, if monitored in due time.
Some of the benefits of proper prenatal care (or say, more reasons) are –
- Monitoring and assessment can give accurate nutritional information.
- Keep constant track of the baby’s development through USG or other examinations.
- Both of your health conditions depend completely on proper pre-natal care.
- Helps learn the accurate date of labor and delivery.
Now, what else should you do to take care of your baby?
Would-be-mothers should consider the following things for taking care of their baby.
- Avoid these habits during this period
During this gestation period, make sure to quit these following habits.
- Drinking alcohol
- Drug usage of any kind
- Watching television while having your meal
- Not sharing your stress with the doctor
- Eating junk food
- Shifting duty
- Ensure to cut down on caffeine
- Avoid hot baths
Engaging in sexual activity
During gestation, engaging in sexual activity is considered as a low-risk factor. However, sexual intercourse should be strictly avoided if the doctor recommends to, for any specific medical reason.
According to research, the frequency of sexual engagement and desire reduces while a woman is expecting. However, studies also indicate an increase in sexual desire during the 2nd trimester.
Doctors, in normal conditions, recommend exercises that are safe for the particular individual. Some of those are – walking, running, yoga (specifically prenatal), swimming, etc. Besides these, you should follow a healthy diet to avoid any complications.
Apart from those your gynecologist has prescribed, make sure the other medicines you are taking (if any) are safe for your child. For instance:
- Herbal supplements
- Medicines for acne treatment
- Regular vitamins and amino acids
- Medicines for skin disease
- Specific antidepressants
- Medicines for asthma, etc.
These are not safe for a would-be mother; ensure to consult with your gynecologist before continuing or stopping abruptly. Both can have harmful effects on the body.
Few other things to do to take care of your unborn
- Increase your intake of folic acid. It helps in the development of the central nervous system.
- Consume iron supplements.
- Do not eat red meat frequently.
- Avoid cleaning your cat’s litter or getting exposed to other toxic substances.
- Never lift any weight or do any heavy work.
- Take proper rest and sleep early.
- Avoid using the stairs in the last month (Or it may result in immature birth).
- Exposure to bright light at night can be harmful.
- Putting on excessive weight can also adversely affect.