Pregnancy is always an exciting time, but it can also come with stress and even fear of the unknown. It may be your first pregnancy or maybe you’ve had one before, but a lot of people have some concerns and questions about it. In this article, we’ll try to answer some of these questions and concerns.
When should I tell people I am pregnant?
Most of the miscarriages that occur in pregnancy happen during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is usually the critical period, so you might want to wait until this period is over before telling others the exciting news. However, keeping such secret to yourself might be difficult. So, if you have an ultrasound at 8 weeks of pregnancy and see a heartbeat, your chances of a miscarriage are less than 2 percent, and you may feel safe to share your happy news.
What foods should I avoid?
Eating healthy pregnancy foods is very essential. You are required to have at least three well-balanced meals each day. You should also eat healthy foods that are clean and also well-cooked. Always try to avoid the following foods so as to prevent listeria infection:
- Raw meat, such as sushi
- Undercooked eggs
- Undercooked beef, chicken or pork, and hot dogs inclusive
- Unpasteurized cheeses or milk
- Improperly washed vegetables and fruits
Foods or beverages which contain NutraSweet or Aspartame, are safe when taken in moderation (about one to two servings in a day), and if you don’t have a disease called phenylketonuria.
During pregnancy, some women develop a condition known as pica. This gives them unusual cravings to eat clay, chalk, crayons and even talcum powder. Always try to discuss these unusual urges with your doctor and also try to avoid these substances.
Some ladies develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, while some others may have had it before. If you fall into this category, you should try to follow the American Diabetes Association (ADA) diet, and also avoid juices, fruits, foods with high-carbohydrate like candy bars, cookies, cakes, and sodas.
Should I drink coffee during pregnancy?
Some doctors advice that you don’t drink any caffeine during pregnancy, while others advise you limit the consumption. Caffeine acts as a stimulant, which increases your heart rate and blood pressure. All of this is not good in pregnancy. Caffeine can lead to dehydration, so always make sure to drink lots of water.
Caffeine is also capable of passing through the placenta and get to your baby, which can affect them. It can also disrupt your sleep patterns, and also your baby’s.
Can I take alcohol?
Always avoid any intake of alcohol during pregnancy, mostly during the first trimester. The first trimester is always a critical period, and alcohol consumption may lead to fetal alcohol syndrome which is a very serious condition. It is not clear about the amount of alcohol consumption which causes it, so it’s always better to stay off it. However, at the end of pregnancy and with the onset of early labor pains, your doctor may advise you take a little wine and also take a warm shower, which is also known as hydrotherapy. The wine and warm bath will help to ease your discomfort.
What can I take for headaches and pain?
Taking Acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy is generally safe, although it is always better you consult your doctor first. You can also take about two extra-strength tablets, 500 milligrams each, every four hours, up to four times a day. The maximum consumption in a day should be limited to 4,000 mg or even less.
Acetaminophen can be taken to treat body aches, headaches, and other pains during pregnancy. Contact your doctor if the headaches persist despite taking the maximum doses of the drug. These headaches may also be a sign of an underlying disease.
Ibuprofen and Aspirin should not be taken when you’re pregnant. There can only be taken if you have been specifically instructed to by your doctor. Some medical or obstetrical conditions requires the intake of aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents when you’re pregnant, which is only under the strict supervision of your doctor.
Should I take progesterone supplements?
Progesterone helps to prepare the endometrium and the lining of the uterus for the implantation of the pre-embryo. Its production in the ovaries is usually critical until about the 9th or 10th week of pregnancy. After the endometrium and the lining have being prepared, the placenta produces enough progesterone that is adequate enough to maintain the pregnancy.
Are hot tubs safe?
This is not safe while you’re pregnant, especially during the first trimester. Always try to avoid hot tubs and saunas, as the excess heat may predispose your baby to some neural tube defects. Taking warm showers and also tub baths are safe and can also provide some soothing relief for body aches.
What about cats?
When you’re pregnant, always let your doctor know if you keep cats especially an outdoor cat so there can be tested for toxoplasmosis. You should let others change the cat’s litter box, and also be meticulous with washing your hands after any close contact with your cat or after contact with dirt from working in the garden.
Toxoplasmosis can be transmitted to humans from infected cat feces or from eating poorly cooked meat from an infected animal. When you become infected, the infection can also be transmitted to your unborn baby, leading to some devastating complications, like a miscarriage.
Treatments for toxoplasmosis are very complicated, and require getting a special permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a medication that is not readily available in the United States. But, the good news is that most women are already immune to the disease as a result of prior exposures in childhood and therefore cannot be re-infected.
There are plenty of resources you can get out there about any concerns during pregnancy. Be sure to do some research on the internet, read books, talk to friends who’ve had kids, and most importantly, talk to your doctor about your concerns, and also ask questions.