Pregnancy is a remarkable and transformative journey filled with joy, anticipation, and a multitude of questions. Expectant mothers, fathers, and their families find themselves with a head full of questions and many answers to sift through. To ease your concerns, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to some of the most frequently asked questions about pregnancy.

 

  1. What Should I Expect in the First Trimester?
  • The first trimester typically spans from weeks 1 to 12 of pregnancy.
  • Symptoms during this period often include morning sickness – (nausea and vomiting), fatigue, breast tenderness, frequent urination, and mood swings.
  • This is a critical and exciting time for the baby’s development, with major organs and structures forming.

 

  1. How Much Weight Should I Gain?
  • The recommended weight gain varies based on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI).
  • Mediline highlights that most women gain around 11.5-16kg during pregnancy.
  • Weight gain should be gradual, with the majority occurring in the second and third trimesters.
  • Weight gain will vary from one preggy mom to the next, so please don’t compare your weight gain to anyone else’s. If your doctor is happy, then you should be, too.

 

  1. Are There Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy?
  • This is a big one; as we know, there are cravings and foods you cannot stand when pregnant, so exercise caution. Avoid certain foods, such as raw seafood, unpasteurised dairy products, undercooked meat, and raw eggs, to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  • High-mercury fish should also be limited, as should caffeine and alcohol intake.

 

  1. Can I Exercise During Pregnancy?
  • Exercise is encouraged during pregnancy to help alleviate discomfort and improve overall health.
  • Consult your healthcare provider to determine what exercises are safe and appropriate for your situation.
  • Low-impact activities like walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga are often recommended.

 

  1. What Prenatal Vitamins Should I Take?
  • Prenatal vitamins provide crucial nutrients like folic acid, iron, and calcium.
  • Most prenatal vitamins available over-the-counter contain these essential nutrients, but your doctor can provide a personalised recommendation.

 

  1. How Will My Body Change During Pregnancy?
  • Pregnancy brings various physical changes, including weight gain, breast growth, skin changes (such as darkening of the areolas and the “linea nigra”), and potentially stretch marks.
  • These changes are a natural part of the pregnancy process, and embracing them is part of the journey.
  • Embrace the changes, and if anything concerns you, consult your healthcare practitioner.

 

  1. When Can I Feel the Baby Kick?
  • This is one of the best parts of pregnancy. This is when you realise you’re never alone in this period of your life. “Quickening,” the first sensation of foetal movement, typically occurs between 18 and 25 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Initially, these movements may feel like gentle flutters or bubbles popping, and they gradually become more pronounced.

 

  1. Is It Safe to Travel While Pregnant?
  • Travel during pregnancy is generally safe but may require some adjustments.
  • Consult your healthcare provider, especially if you plan to travel long distances or by air, to receive specific guidance and recommendations.
  • Flying after a certain period or taking long-distance road trips is also prohibited.

 

  1. What Are Some Pregnancy Warning Signs?
  • You should report severe abdominal pain, heavy vaginal bleeding, severe headaches, changes in vision, or any other unusual or worrisome symptoms, to your healthcare provider immediately.

 

  1. How Do I Choose a Healthcare Provider for Prenatal Care?
  • Healthcare providers for prenatal care include obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs), midwives, and doulas.
  • Research the options, consider your preferences, and consult with potential providers to make an informed choice.
  • Check out our Bestcare Directory for various options, from gynaes to midwives and lactation consultants.

 

  1. What’s the Best Way to Prepare for Labor and Delivery?
  • Childbirth classes, birth plans, and discussions with your healthcare provider can help you prepare.
  • Childbirth classes provide information about labour, delivery, and pain management options.
  • A birth plan outlines your preferences for labour and delivery, but flexibility is vital, as things may go differently than planned.
  • There are tons of online articles (check out our archives) with excellent advice from trusted voices. 

 

  1. Can I Have Sex During Pregnancy?
  • You’ll be relieved to know that in most cases, yes, it is, unless your doctor advises otherwise.
  • Mama, you may experience an inevitable increase in libido during your second trimester.
  • Communication with your partner and awareness of any discomfort or complications are essential.

 

  1. How Can I Relieve Common Pregnancy Discomforts?
  • Natural remedies like ginger for morning sickness, prenatal yoga or physical therapy for back pain, and relaxation techniques can help alleviate common discomforts.
  • Consult your healthcare provider before taking any remedies or over-the-counter medications.

 

  1. What is Lightning Crotch
  • The name pretty much says it all! It’s that zing or sudden shooting pain you might feel in your vaginal or pelvic area. 
  • It’s intense, but the good news is it usually comes and goes. This lightning-like sensation is often due to pressure on your pelvic region and some extra nerve excitement. Even though it can catch you off guard, as long as you do not notice other worrisome signs like bleeding or contractions, there’s usually no need to fret.

 

  1. What is Postpartum Care, and Why Is It Important?
  • Postpartum care involves monitoring your physical and emotional well-being after childbirth.
  • Address any concerns or complications and ensure a smooth recovery for the mother and the baby.