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Frequently Asked Questions About Pregnancy

I'M GOING TO MY FIRST CHECK-UP. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

When a pregnant woman comes to a check-up for the first time, she can expect to have a lengthy appointment. It's likely to include a medical history review, a blood and urine test, pap smear, and a general health check to make sure that the woman has no problems with her overall health.

CAN I CONTINUE TO WORKOUT?

DO I HAVE TO TAKE ANY VITAMINS?

Even though some women think that it's enough to eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies during pregnancy, specialists recommend taking supplements as well. Pregnancy isn't easy on the body. Just think about it: there's a brand new organism growing inside the body, and this organism needs a lot of vitamins and minerals for healthy growth.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A HEADACHE?

It's common for pregnant women to have headaches. Most often, they don't signify any issues and happen due to hormonal changes. But whatever the reason for their occurrence, no woman likes to tolerate the pain.

HOW CAN I PREVENT OR RELIEVE HEARTBURN?

Heartburn is also common for pregnant women. It happens because the uterus is growing and the production of progesterone is increasing, which results in more relaxed stomach muscles and more acid in the esophagus.

HOW CAN I RELIEVE CONSTIPATION?

About half of pregnant women frequently suffer from constipation. Like other issues, it can also be caused by hormonal changes in the body. Some of these changes make food go through the digestive systems more slowly, and it results in this bathroom discomfort.

HOW SHOULD I EAT DURING PREGNANCY?

Most people know that a pregnant woman's diet needs to be healthy. However, some women think that since a new human being is growing inside of them, they need to eat for two people, but it's better to eat in moderation.

WHAT FOODS SHOULD I AVOID?

There are plenty of foods a pregnant woman should avoid. This includes any raw or undercooked meats and seafood because they contain harmful bacteria. These bacterias won't do anything bad for other people but can be dangerous for a pregnant woman and her future baby.

IS HONEY SAFE FOR ME AND THE BABY?

Honey is unsafe for babies aged under 1 year because it contains the bacteria that can cause food poisoning at this early age.

WILL I GIVE MY BABY AN ALLERGY IF I EAT PEANUT BUTTER?

Some pregnant women avoid eating peanut butter because they don't want to cause an allergy in their future baby. However, this risk exists only if the future mother or father has any food allergies, eczema, hay fever, or asthma. If neither of the parents has these conditions, peanut butter, most likely, won't harm the child.

What are my chances of miscarriage?

This is usually the overwhelming fear, so let’s break it down. Once you’ve heard a heartbeat, chances of miscarriage breakdown like this: 9.4% at six weeks
4.6% at seven weeks
1.5% at eight weeks
0.5% at nine weeks
0.7% at ten weeks

I heard I shouldn't eat chocolate mousse – why?

No, you can’t. You’ve already said goodbye to sushi and now you need to say goodbye to chocolate mousse (sigh). Eggs often carry salmonella bacteria, which can cause meningitis in newborns. You can eat well-cooked eggs, but chocolate mousse contains raw egg. You also shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough or homemade ice cream.

Are there kinds of make-up I should avoid during pregnancy?

Unfortunately, yes! But before you hit panic mode, we don’t mean you can’t wear make-up for the duration of your pregnancy – you just need to check through your products. Avoid make-up with parabens or fragrances. Also make sure to throw away any expired make-up products. Other than that, make-up is a good friend during pregnancy and works wonders to cover up discolourations and spots.

I always donate blood. Is there any reason I can't do this anymore?

Definitely don’t donate blood. While you may still want to serve the greater good, pregnancy is a time when your health and wellbeing is top of the list. A lot of women experience anaemia during pregnancy and have a low iron count – you don’t want to worsen this by giving blood.