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Realistic antenatal advices

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
Aug. 27, 2010

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


Pregnancy brings along a new change in life, a mother’s every step is directly linked to the developing foetus. Any wrong decision can lead to complications. The write is not to traumatise but to make a mother aware of some simple things. Often pregnant females keep worrying heedlessly about diet, regime and activities under the shadow of unknown. Being cautious is wise but leading a life in constant scrutiny is tough. The following an array of practical advices to be followed in a normal gestation:

  • The foremost is to value regular checkups. Every couple should meet up their gynaecologist at regular intervals to ensure well being. Even if healthy then too; a medical support is integral to explain and even plan the further proceedings.
  • Never hesitate to be examined: a checkup doesn’t mean anything wrong they are just a tool to ensure the inside. So whether it is manual or some laboratory investigations go for it from time to time if advised.      
  • Diet: the topic is vast and individualistic as well. For sure there is an increased calorie requirement but every diet should be planned according to the mother’s food habits and taste. For instance experts advocate eggs to fill up the protein requirement but for females who don’t have it; should be advised for substitutes’. A pregnancy diet should be light, nutritious, easily digestible and rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins. Further in addition to the principal food a mother takes; she should include at least half a litre if not 1 litre of milk, one egg and lots green leafy vegetables and fruits on daily basis.    
  • Rest and sleep: compromising on the sleep is not what is advised. Females generally take up their routine activities however strenuous work is to be avoided in the first and last three months and rest is advised. On an average a complacent 8 hours sleep at night with a 2 hour mid day nap is sufficient though things may vary on individual basis.    
  • Constipation is experienced by many during pregnancy with backache and abdominal discomfort. For regular bowel movement diet should include plenty of fluids, vegetables and milk. Sometimes a mild laxative may have to be used to ease off difficulties.
  • Hygiene: daily bathing is suggested but a female should be careful against slipping in the bathroom.
  • Clothing should be loose and comfortable. High heels are a strict no.
  • Breasts should be kept clean and dry.   
  • Pregnancy and sex: coition is to be avoided in the first three months as it may harm and facilitate abortion possibilities. Also last 6 weeks act crucial and a coupe should be vigilant as sex may cause infection or even induce a premature labour.
  • Travelling should be preferably avoided in the first three months and last 6 weeks.
  • Smoking and alcohol is not an inclusion to be made. Smoking can provoke the undesired in form of abortion or an unhealthy baby.
  • Get yourself timely immunised: immunisation schedule should be followed without any miss.
  • In case of any unusual symptom a female should report to the doctor, pain, bleeding, excessive vomiting, restlessness all call for medical help.
  • Emergency conditions include painful contractions, sudden gush of watery fluid per vaginum and active vaginal bleeding, however slight it may be.


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