Are you planning a baby? Do you think you are ready for everything it entails? Find out all about the three stages of pregnancy from an expert doctor.
Himalaya FOR MOMS conducted a Webinar with Dr. Hema Divakar on the Himalaya BabyCare Facebook page. In this insightful session on the 3 stages of pregnancy, the obstetrician and gynaecologist elaborated on the care and precaution that new and expectant mothers should take.
For many first-time mothers-to-be, pregnancy can be a worrying phase, because let’s face it, this means change on multiple levels. With so much information out there, how do you know what’s the best thing to do?
Dr. Hema broke down the before, during and beyond of pregnancy and shared useful tips and advice at each stage.
3 stages of pregnancy: Tips & advice
- Get a complete body check up
- Consult a doctor about irregular periods
- Monitor your BP & haemoglobin
- Invest in a health regimen
How many of us went for a complete body check-up before we planned for a baby? The doctor opened her webinar with this crucial piece of advice about getting the body in shape to be able to nurture a healthy life within.
Obesity, anaemia, BP fluctuations or disorders like PCOS are dampeners in the path to pregnancy. A sedentary lifestyle, stress and poor eating habits are usually the complicit factors. But they don’t mean that you cannot conceive. They just require a change at the very outset.
The myth that irregular periods mean difficulty in getting pregnant was busted by the spirited doctor who clarified that regular ovulation cycles are very important. An irregular cycle can be rectified with ovulation- inducing drugs. Poly cystic ovarian syndrome would need a more thorough examination and treatment.
A woman embarking on pregnancy should also make sure that her haemoglobin levels are within the normal range.
A healthy diet, exercise routine and a positive frame of mind are essential factors for a safe and healthy pregnancy and these are to be initiated even before pregnancy.
Yoga is highly recommended as a physical exercise since it enhances the physical and mental well-being of the mother-to-be. Certain ailments like high blood pressure or high blood sugar can be safely kept in check with the help of yoga therapy. Please consult with a doctor before you begin any exercise routine.
- Monitor your BMI
- Watch what you eat
- Continue a safe health regimen
- Discuss your birth plan with the doctor
The Body Mass Index (BMI) or the height to weight ratio of a woman should be within the range of 23 (min) to 30 (max). The ideal weight gain during pregnancy is between 8-10 kg and if the woman is already overweight, then the gain should be restricted to between 6-8 kg.
When an overweight woman gets pregnant, she inadvertently puts herself and her unborn child at risk because curbing the calories after one is pregnant is much tougher. This is because the pregnancy hormones directly conflict with the sugar-controlling enzymes. Excess weight can also lead to rashes on the skin which can be effectively soothed using aloe vera and/or almond oil.
If we were to consult a good nutritionist on the right diet during pregnancy, this can be avoided.
While most women discuss their reports and physical discomfort during pregnancy with doctors, many fail to address concerns regarding the birth method until the last minute and are fraught with apprehension and worry.
Dr. Hema advises all mothers-to-be to have an open chat with their doctors well in advance and have their fears put to rest. She also gives a thumbs-up to those opting for painless delivery or the use of an epidural.
A vaginal birth after a caesarean (VBAC) needs to be discussed with the doctor at length during the second pregnancy. If the reasons that prompted a C-sec during the first pregnancy are absent during the second, the doctor may suggest a VBAC option, based on the individual’s specific situation.
- Eat healthy food
- Re-start your health regimen
- Use simple home remedies
One of the biggest worries for most new mothers is the shedding excess weight soon after pregnancy. While nutritious and healthy food is important for both the mom and the infant’s sake, consider starting a simple exercise regimen, after checking with your doctor.
Most new mothers can safely embark on a light exercise routine after 6 weeks or 42 days of delivery irrespective of the nature of childbirth. Yes, that early!
Of course, be sure to slowly build up the intensity and not jump into strenuous activities right away in all your enthusiasm. Yoga is highly recommended as is walking to get your body back into shape. So is gentle and regular massage, which will lift the loose skin and tighten the abdomen. Choose massage oils that have a combination of ingredients like sesame seed, aloe vera, winter cherry and country mallow.
Other factors such as dry skin during breastfeeding or excessive hair fall post pregnancy are common troubles that plague new moms. Simple solutions such as a combination of cocoa butter, and pleasant fragrances will soothe the skin and keep it supple while keeping your mind relaxed.
Cracked nipples can be painful if not treated at the right time. Fortunately, the combination of coconut oil and kokum butter is perfect to treat this condition. It’s safe for nursing but do clean the nipples before feeding the baby.
Did you know?
- That being a thalassemia minor does not automatically spell trouble for a woman unless the partner is also a thalassemia minor?
- ‘Eating for two’ is a myth that encourages unhealthy eating habits and adds to excess weight gain?
- Yoga is known to alleviate stress for expecting moms and new moms?
It’s amazing how much information we could glean in just a 30-minute session with an expert like Dr. Divakar. We hope this has helped answer some of your worries about the stages of pregnancy. Feel free to ask any more questions you may have, in the comments. We’ll be sure to check with the expert and get back to you.
Missed the webinar? You can catch the entire video here on this link.
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