WHEN SHOULD I VISIT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER FOR PREGNANCY ADVICE?
When you decide that you want to have a baby, you should visit your doctor to complete pre-pregnancy checklist.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I MISS MY PERIOD?
If you miss your regular periods, most likely you are already pregnant. Your additional complaints may be nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
WHAT IS ECTOPIC PREGNANCY?
If pregnancy is located outside womb, it is known as Ectopic Pregnancy. Most common presentation is around 2 weeks of your missed periods. You may suffer from vaginal spotting, lower abdominal pain or fainting attacks. This situation requires immediate attention.
HOW I CAN COMBAT WITH MY NAUSEA AND VOMITING?
It is the most common complaint, you should not stay empty stomach for long time, and you should take easily digestible food items with short intervals. If excessive you should visit your doctor.
MAY I CONTINUE HOUSEHOLD CHORES DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes, you may, unless you have vaginal spotting or severe abdominal pain.
AM I ALLOWED TO TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes, travelling is allowed for the first 28 weeks, provided that you are not facing any complications. After this gestation, you have to consult your physician before travelling.
MAY I USE A SEATBELT?
Yes, you must! The seat belt should not cross abdomen directly. The diagonal strap should pass between your breasts and the lap strap should pass below the bump.
WHEN I MAY START PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AFTER DELIVERY?
After vaginal delivery, as soon as you mobilize its good for your health, as it will decrease the risk of deep venous thrombosis.
After caesarean section, most probably you will be discharged from hospital on 3rd post-operative day, you have to start mobility to minimize the risk of deep venous thrombosis .Before starting your routine activity, you have to consult your doctor most probably around 2 weeks post-operative.
WHEN I SHOULD START CONTRACEPTION?
Well, as ovulation starts at 28 days in breastfeeding moms and at 21 days in non-breastfeeding moms, you have to get advice accordingly.
WHEN MY MENSES WILL START AFTER DELIVERY?
It varies widely, you may get it either immediately after your puerperal or it may take 1 to 2 years. The menstruation is usually delayed in breastfeeding mothers. First menses after delivery are usually heavy.
IF MY MENSES ARE MISSED FROM FEW MONTHS AM I AM GAINING WEIGHT THEN WHAT SHOULD I DO?
If you are not pregnant and you are experiencing pregnancy such symptoms then you should contact your healthcare provider.
WHEN SHOULD I START BREASTFEEDING?
You should start breastfeeding within an hour of normal vaginal delivery.
CAN I DO ANY SELF-MEDICATION DURING PREGNANCY?
Self-medication is not safe at all particularly in pregnancy so it is better to consult a doctor.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF BLOOD GROUP OF BOTH PARENTS?
It should be known beforehand as it helps to prevent any serious complications.
IF THERE IS A COMPLAINT OF PER-EXISTING DIABETES, HYPERTENSION, AND EPILEPSY ETCETERA, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
In such situations you should immediately consult your doctor.