Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy

The Do’s & Don’ts of Pregnancy

Do’s of Pregnancy:

    1. Consult your doctor once you miss your periods and confirm pregnancy by urine or blood test as recommended.
    2. Visit your doctor regularly once every month till 28 weeks, once in a fortnight till 36 weeks, and weekly once thereafter till delivery.
    3. It is common to have the following symptoms in the first trimester (First 12 weeks)
        • Fatigue
        • Nausea / Vomiting
        • Painful and heavy breasts
        • Constipation
        • Headache
        • Craving or aversion to certain foods
    4. Ultrasound is the best way to determine the estimated date of delivery. It is best practice to perform the following USG during entire pregnancy:
        • Dating Scan 7 – 9 weeks
        • NT Scan (11 – 14 weeks)
        • Anomaly scan (20-22 weeks) and a third trimester scan as per your doctors advice.
    5. Have blood tests atleast once every 3 months.
    6. Take folic acid throughout pregnancy which lowers the risk of birth defects.
    7. Have small split frequent meals to overcome nausea and avoid vomiting.
    8. Take iron rich food including drumstick leaves, green leafy vegetables, jiggery, liver, spinach, dates and raisins.
    9. Get moving! Physical Activity is good for you and your baby.
    10. Drink extra fluids, especially water (3L/day).
    11. Get enough sleep, atleast 7 – 9 hours every night. Resting on your left increases blood flow to your baby. Using pillows between your legs and your belly will help you get comfortable.
    12. Closely follow fetal movements in the third trimester (after 28 weeks)
    13. Report immediately if there is decreased fetal movements, leaking / bleeding per vaginum or pain abdomen anytime during pregnancy.

Don’t of Pregnancy:

    1. Do not miss your regular antenatal visits.
    2. Do not miss your antenatal vitamin supplements
    3. Do not consume excess tea or coffee
    4. Do not stand for long hours
    5. Do not undertake long journeys
    6. Avoid smoking or alcohol intake
    7. Avoid exposure to X-Rays
    8. Do not take any medication without your doctor’s advice.

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