FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PREGNANCY
Pregnancy, especially for a new mom, is an exciting, yet daunting journey. Even if it’s not your first pregnancy, you may still be faced with new situations and questions. This is because every pregnancy is different.
While you can’t anticipate how your pregnancy would turn out, our quick 9 month pregnancy breakdown can help you in understanding what to expect, how you may feel and what you can help.
In addition to this, we have put together a list of FAQs with insights from our team of gynecologists to help address some of the concerns you may have.
SHOULD I GET ANY PRE-PREGNANCY TEST DONE?
Yes there are some pre-pregnancy tests that should be on your to-do list. These tests are important because they can help identify potential risks for you and your baby and enable your doctor to help you in mitigating those risks.
ARE THERE ANY TIPS TO INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING PREGNANT?
The probability of getting pregnant is something which is hard to calculate. It is different for different couples. Though, there are some things that you can do to help increase your chances of concieving sooner. Here are seven expert approved pregnancy tips that can be helpful.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD I IDEALLY GAIN DURING PREGNANCY?
You need to gain weight to have a healthy pregnancy. Though, the amount of weight gain recommended for you depends on your current body mass index (BMI).
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has recently changed the guidelines around weight gain in pregnancy. Read this article to learn more about pregnancy and weight gain.
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE MEDICINES WHEN PREGNANT?
Generally speaking, it is better to avoid taking medications during pregnancy. Though, if you have questions about a specific medication, it is recommended to discuss them with your doctor.
To keep you and your baby safe, we have put together a list from the American Family Physician of safe medicines which can be consumed during pregnancy and those which should be avoided. Read more here.
WHAT IS PRECLAMPSIA AND CAN I AVOID IT?
Preeclampsia is a serious condition women face during pregnancy. It can cause abnormal placenta development, high blood pressure, and high protein levels.
There are a few factors that increase your risk for preeclampsia but there are also some preeclampsia prevention tips that can help too. The most important tip any women can take to heart before, during, and after pregnancy is talk to a doctor. You can chat with a doctor for free here and read more about preeclampsia in this article.
IS IT SAFE TO HAVE SEX DURING PREGNANCY?
It is natural to feel aprehensive about sex during pregnancy. Though, not only is sex safe during pregnancy, it can also offer several health benefits for both the mother and the baby. It also helps release stress and resolve insomnia during pregnancy.
If you’re worrying about the impact of sex on your baby, you don’t need to worry at all. The baby is protected by your abdominal and uterus’ muscular walls. Not to forget it also has the amniotic sac of fluid to cushion and protect it.
Here is a list of sex positions which may be more comfortable during pregnancy.
Knowing about STDs and sexual infections can be quite useful, especially when you’re pregnant. Here’s a guide that can help.In some cases, the doctor on call may transfer you to a specific physician if they determine another physician could provide better insights for your particular medical concern.
WHAT DO LABOR PAINS FEEL LIKE?
While the distinct stages of labor are easy to explain, there isn’t a definitive guide to labor pains. Hence, sometimes we have to rely on analogies. It’s easier to explain the labor pain one experiences right before delivery because it’s sharp, intense, and in quite unbearable.
What’s harder to explain, are the labor pains experienced in the early stages of labor. These are less intense and may not even be noticeable at times. A lot of women feel that they are like menstrual cramps or constipation.
You may even experience Braxton Hicks contractions, which are often called “false labor pains”. These are sporadic contractions of the uterus during pregnancy.
If you have any specific questions about pregnancy, conception, labor or any other similar topic; feel free to chat with one of our doctors today.