Pregnancy and delivering a child is a typical issue that is accompanied by loads of queries and questions. As a pregnant woman, the entire time-period, starting from conception till delivering the baby, you may feel quite weird and of course, quite a lot of scared. But, the good news is you are not alone! Like you, there are millions of women, wanting to ask several questions that may sound embarrassing but do need to be answered. Here is a small list of ten questions that definitely needs to be asked and discussed with your gynecologist when you are pregnant.
“Is there any special diet that I should follow during my pregnancy?”
This question might be very common, but definitely needs to be asked and understood thoroughly. Dieting or rather maintaining a diet during pregnancy definitely does mean restricting calories for the sake of losing weight. In fact, on an average basis, it’s important to consume 300 calories per day. Your diet definitely must include lots of fresh fruits and of course, vegetables ensuring to include important pregnancy nutrients like Folic acid as well as Vitamin C. On a daily basis, pregnant women need at least 70 mg Vitamin C along with 0.4g of Folic Acid, for preventing neural lube defects. Along with these two major nutrients, it is also important to know about the best foods for proteins and carbohydrates. Additionally, consult your gynecologist about prenatal vitamins that can help you fill the minor and gaps with respect to the intake of vitamins and other nutrients.
“How much weight I am about to gain?”
Although this can be a touchy subject, it is actually very important to know about, not just for yourself but also for your baby. As Applegate says, “Being overweight or obese during pregnancy can increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes, problems with blood pressure and complications with delivery, such as preterm birth.” On a rough analysis, your respective diet should include at least 300-450 calories per day. Roughly, an average woman must put on 25-35 pound post pregnancy, an underweight woman must put on 28-40 pounds and an overweight must add on around 15-25 pounds. However, since bodies and systems can definitely differ, it’s always wise to get this issue clean-checked by your personal gynecologist.
“Can I have intercourse with my husband? And will it be safe for my baby?”
This can be quite a personal issue though, but it’s always better to be steered clear off with your gynaec than following the internet solutions regarding the same. While some women may be thinking have intercourse as a last option, some pregnant women actually crave for sex. As Dayna Salasche, an associate professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine of obstetrics/gynecology says, “Sex during pregnancy is extremely safe for most women with uncomplicated, low-risk pregnancies.” Since the baby is basically surrounded by amniotic fluid, present in your uterus, sexual intercourse with your husband won’t quite a lot affect your baby. However, it is important to know about it along with the positions to be avoided during pregnancy.
“How can I ease morning sickness?”
Starting at an early pregnancy stage, morning sickness is very, very common. But it can also make you feel sick, if not, then turn you into one. From having plenty of rest to eating small but regular meals, there are several ways with the help of which you can make yourself feel better. Ask your gynaec some of the foods that can make you feel better during this stage or if you can schedule a vacation to feel better. After all, it’s important to stay healthy physically and mentally.
“What screenings do I need to do?”
There are several prenatal tests and screenings to be done during pregnancy. While your doctor tells you to do them, don’t forget to ask about the details, including these procedures and the required outcome. Some of the recommended screenings include two maternal serum tests, Alpha-fetoprotein screening, Chorionic villus sampling, fetal monitoring and glucose tolerance test.
“How can I ease my indigestion issues?”
Next to morning sickness, indigestion issues is yet another most common problems faced by a pregnant woman. With symptoms like feeling nauseous, feeling full, burping, heartburn,regurgitation and bloating, around 8 out of 10 pregnant women are known to have suffered from this typical pregnancy issue. You can definitely chart out your own diet to ease yourself. But it’s always recommended to ask your gynecologist regarding the same to ensure a safer health.
“Which exercises can I do and which I should avoid?”
Exercises during pregnancy are not only considered safe for the mothers, but also for the unborn child. In fact, women who have a low risk pregnancy are recommended to engage themselves in exercises of moderate intensity for around 30 minutes per day, around 4 times a week. While simple exercises like walking and running are often recommended, there are also some of them that are strictly prohibited. Ask your gynaec regarding both of them.
“What should be my sleeping position?”
It’s definitely not at all easy to sleep with a big belly! Like exercises, there are also some sleeping positions that should be avoided at all costs. A slight pressure on some of your blood vessels can actually slow down your and your baby’s blood circulation. Lest you face any kind of complications, get it cleared with your gynaec.
“What can happen after the water breaks?”
For most of the cases, the breaking of water is a sign of the labour phase. The procedure basically involves the tearing of the bag that is full with the amniotic fluid, that helps protecting your baby. Breaking water is a sign of pre or early labour, following which your contractions may start up. But it can also happen during your labour. Get yourself acknowledged everything including contractions, what should be done and what if there are no contractions.
“What can be the risks of no induction post 48 hrs of breaking water?”
Soon after the water breaks, you should brace yourself for the labour stage. In case your labour stage does not start 48 hrs post breaking the water, there can be serious issues like the infection being spread. To get in hold of such a situation, take heed and ask your gynaec what can be the problems related to that and what should be done if such thing happens.