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Conception & Pregnancy FAQs

Planning pregnancy?

Consult a gynaecologist before you plan a pregnancy. They will ensure that thorough checkups are done to help the couple.

What should I do before I get pregnant to ensure healthy pregnancy?

  • Make sure you are perfectly healthy
  • Avoid drinking and smoking
  • Talk to your partner about having a child

How to detect pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be detected using a pregnancy detection kit that analyses the urine samples. If it shows a positive, it can be confirmed at a laboratory.

Diet and Exercise?

The diet should be a simple ,nutritious one .The person should not  exercise unless with the consultation of a doctor.

Smoking

The sooner a person quits smoking, the better it will be for conception. Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth and also means your baby can be born smaller and weaker.

Genetic Issues

Before a person decides to get pregnant, she has to consult her family doctors regarding the chances of the baby being born with a high degree of deformities. Especially if the marriage is within the family.

Antenatal Care

Antenatal care is the expert help offered by physicians to pregnant women. A person is offered appointments with a midwife or a doctor who specialises in pregnancy comes to help.

Morning Sickness, breathing trouble, nose bleeds, varicose veins, heartburn

Morning sickness – Morning sickness is prominent after week 6.It subsides by the second trimester.

Breathing trouble – Feeling out of breath is common in late pregnancy when the enlarged uterus pushes other organs out of the way and the lungs have little room to breathe.

Nose bleeds – Caused by increases oestrogen levels, nasal congestion starts in the second week and ends quite late into the pregnancy.

Varicose veins – They become very prominent in the second trimester.

Heartburn – Also called acid indigestion is a burning sensation caused by hormonal changes in the body. It comes and goes until a baby is born.

Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the loss of the foetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. The symptoms are

  • Severe cramps
  • Back pain
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain

Eating during pregnancy, do’s and dont’s?

Do’s

  • Get all essential vitamins daily
  • Fill your plate with green leafy vegetables and whole grains

Dont’s

  • Avoid eating raw or uncured meat
  • Cold ready-to-eat foods
  • Alcohol consumption

Exercise during pregnancy, do’s and donts?

Do’s

  • Follow the advice of the doctor
  • Perform simple exercises that are easy to be done

Dont’s

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights
  • Avoid stretching yourselves too much

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

  • A pregnant woman does not need to actually “eat for two”. She only needs to eat 300 calories per day.
  • An average weighing woman needs to gain only 11-15 kgs.
  • Under-weighing woman should gain up to 18kgs
  • Overweight women should gain 5-11 kgs

Risk of Smoking/drinking during pregnancy?

Smoking/Drinking may have a damaging effect on the developing foetus and contribute to other medical problems as it grows.

Risk of Drugs during pregnancy

Taking drugs increases the chances of birth defects. Drugs have a direct impact on the foetus.


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