Before The Final “Yes” The Vital Points You Need To Consider About Pregnancy

For a woman giving birth is regarded as the highest blessing in all cultures and traditions throughout the world. “Sau Putrawati Bhava” is a common blessing in Hindu culture for newlywed women. Almost every married woman desires to start a family of her own. Motherhood is a state of bliss and the desire to have healthy babies one at a time is natural. It’s rational for a woman to want her family tree to flourish with healthy new members.

A few questions that frequently arise in the minds of newlywed women or women wishing to have their first child are “Am I ready for this?” and “Am I ready for this now?” or “Is my health going to suffer as a result of my pregnancy? What should I do?” and the list goes on… The most important question, however, is from where should I start the planning?

Let’s start with the fundamentals. The World Health Organization defines the quality of life as an individual’s perception of life in the context of their culture and moral values, as well as their goals, expectations, standards, and concerns. Aside from these, a person’s physical health, psychological state, level of independence, social relationships, and relationship with their current environment all play a significant role during pregnancy and after the baby is born. Pregnancy is a time of transition with significant physical and emotional changes, so it is critical for you and your partner to take care of your physical and mental health while pregnant. These changes can have an impact on maternal and infant health even in uncomplicated pregnancies (pregnancy outcomes, maternal postpartum health).

To have a healthy birth, you must first have a healthy pregnancy, which means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and faithfully attending your doctor’s appointments. Make your first appointment as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Tell them about your symptoms, if any (it’s fine if you don’t have any major ones). Blood and urine samples will be taken during your first appointment, and they will be taken at subsequent appointments as well. The blood samples would be used to check your blood type, blood cell count, low iron levels, and infectious diseases, whereas the urine tests would be used to check for bacteria, high sugar levels, and high protein levels, and you would be prescribed medications if necessary.

 On your first visit, you may be subjected to additional tests, such as:

  • A pelvic exam to assess the shape and size of the uterus.
  • A pap smear to check for cervical cancer.
  • An ultrasound to check on your baby’s development and position.

Following your initial visit, you should return to the doctor every four weeks for routine checkups.

SOME DIRECTIVES/REGULARLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • You should consult your doctor if you are gaining weight. Every person has a different body type, so weight gain or loss will vary, but it will be around 20-25 pounds at the very least.
  • What food should I eat: A balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby, but keep the following in mind:
  • Meat, eggs, or fish that has not been cooked: Food poisoning can occur if food items are not fully cooked. Do not consume more than 2-3 servings of tuna per week.
  • Before chopping fruits and vegetables, make sure they have been thoroughly washed.
  • Consume at least four servings of dairy per day. It will benefit both you and your baby in terms of calcium.
  • Caffeine and sugar are both fine in moderation, but no more than 1-2 servings per day.

In conclusion, make sure to take proper care of yourself because if you will be healthy your baby will be healthy too.

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