Frequently Asked Questions
What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
There is practically no food that you need to avoid during pregnancy, unless you are allergic to something specific before pregnancy (eg peanut, fish, milk intolerance etc). The common concerns are about papaya, pineapple, mangoes, sesame seeds etc. There is no scientific reason to any of these foodstuffs.
If there is anything that needs to be avoided, it would be deep fried stuff and sweets ( as they may escalate your pregnancy weight gain), chats from road side vendors ( may be unhygienic and give you a tummy infection) & unwashed fruits and raw vegetables.
It would be good to limit your intake of tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages as too much of these may lead to a small birth weight baby.
It is wise to stick to fresh, home cooked food with plenty of fruits and vegetables ( 4-5 servings a day) and indulge in all the above mentioned food stuff occasionally.
Should I avoid travel?
No. This is an often encountered question. If your pregnancy is progressing well with no concerns for you or your baby, then it is okay to travel by any mode of transport. In some cases, (as in women with vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, placenta previa etc), your doctor will specifically ask you to avoid travel.
Air travel is generally restricted after 32-34 weeks of pregnancy (depending on airline policies). This is to avoid the risk of the rare chance of laboring/delivering on flight or at a strange destination. Before 34weeks, it is safe to travel by air. You should however, make sure to drink plenty of fluids and walk/do leg exercises at regular intervals during long haul flights. This is to avoid blood clots in your veins, otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis. DVT)
Can I drive?
Yes. As long as you are confortable, it is okay to drive. Make sure you were a seat belt and avoid rash driving. The seat belt goes above and below your bump and not over it.
Should I avoid sex?
No. Not if your pregnancy is going on well without any problems. You may feel uncomfortable during the last few months because of your growing tummy. If you have a bleeding episode after sex, please consult your doctor for further advice.
What position do I sleep in?
Any position is fine to sleep in before 20 weeks of pregnancy. After that, it is advisable to sleep on your sides to avoid the uterus from compressing on blood vessels which lie below it.
Sleeping on your back may cause your blood pressure to drop and the worry is that it may reduce the blood flowing to the baby. So sleep on your sides after 20 weeks.
Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
Yes. Exercise has a lot of benefits for you during pregnancy. It helps to limit weight gain, and reduces the risk of High blood pressure and Diabetes during pregnancy. It is especially important if you are overweight or obese at the start of pregnancy. It also makes you flexible and women who exercise regularly, go through labour with greater ease.
If you haven't exercised before pregnancy, we recommend that you start of with walking for 30-40min a day, 4-5 times a week. Start slowly (say 15- 20 min) and slowly increase your time if you are comfortable. If you feel breathless, giddy or pain in your chest, then you may be over exerting yourself. Consult your doctor on what needs to be done.
We staunchly promote yoga during your pregnancy. It had a lot of benefits, a few of which are increasing flexibility and endurance, reducing mental stress and enhancing physical well being.
For yoga classes, contact our in house yoga instructorsat Rangadore Hospital and make an appointment. Ph 080 26621642/43/44
When will I start feeling baby movement?
If it is first pregnancy, then you will start feeling small fluttery movements by 20-22 weeks. The movements are well appreciated and definite after 24 weeks. If this is your second or third pregnancy, then you may recognize it earlier, by 18-20 weeks.
Should I count baby movements?
No. It is not routinely recommended that you count baby's movements regularly. Not unless you have been specifically advised to do so by your doctor.
How should I tackle vomiting in pregnancy?
It is well known that vomiting is a common problem during the early months of pregnancy. It is okay if you have one or two episodes of vomiting in a day. You may avoid medications if you follow this:
- Eat / drink something that you like every 2-3 hours in small quantities.
- Avoid spicy, deep fried food.
- Sip on cold milk/ Cold water to reduce nausea.
- Snack on fresh fruits, salads, nuts, bread toast, ginger candy etc.
- If you unable to keep down anything including water, contact your doctor immediately.
How should I tackle backache?
Backache is common in pregnancy especially during the last few months. The stretching of your ligaments and the forward bending of the spine due to your growing uterus are the main reasons. You can avoid backache by exercising regularly. Yoga is known to prevent/ treat backache as well.
Is it normal to have vaginal discharge?
Yes. Increase in vaginal discharge is common during pregnancy. It it looks greenish/ yellowish or if it is associated with itching or foul odour, then it may be due to an infection and you need to contact your doctor.
How do I avoid stretch marks?
You cannot avoid it completely. You can reduce it by keeping your skin well moisturized using creams and oils. Avoid tight fitting, synthetic garments and opt for loose fitting cotton clothes. Most stretch marks disappear after delivery.
Antenatal Parentcraft classes - Interactive, enjoyable sessions are held on a third saturday of every month between 3 and 6 pm
- I session ( In the first three months) Pregnacy care- What to expect when you are expecting, Dos and Don'ts
- II session (After 30 weeks) Labour and delivery care- What to pack, Pain relief, types of delivery, care after birth and breast feeding etc
Brochures are available with our secretaries. Kindly register at the earliest.