About Your Pregnancy
The nine months before your baby arrives are exciting and sometimes daunting at the same time. This is because of the expected joy and the uncertainty that comes with it. Some mothers experience some changes in character as well as physical changes that can be overwhelming although completely natural. There are a few things to consider about your pregnancy but most of them are harmless for you and your baby.
Your physical changes
The first sign is usually delayed menstrual periods. When your period is late, you should visit your doctor and take a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant and rule out any other problems. Another sign is that your breasts become tender and swollen, and they may be sore at the nipples. This is because of the increased hormone production as they get ready for your baby. You may feel fatigued and drowsy due to increased progesterone in the body. Some mothers experience light spotting or bleeding as the fertilized egg implants itself. Morning sickness is an early sign of pregnancy that is a common sign that you should not worry about during your pregnancy since it generally passes after the first few months. You may also realize that you run to the bathroom regularly during the first trimester of your pregnancy.
The interesting thing about your pregnancy is that now you are pregnant; your body is shared between two people so your health becomes top priority. Your general lifestyle will affect the growth and the health of your baby as well. Make sure that you eat a well-balanced pregnancy diet and drink lots of fluids to prevent dehydration. Eat foods that are rich in calcium and iron so that you increase the blood in your body, and help the development of your baby. Take energy giving foods, which are low in fat and calories and increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. Make sure you exercise regularly so that your body has good circulation, suppleness and fitness as you prepare for delivery day. Keep up with your doctor’s appointments so that you can get advice about your pregnancy.
Complications that may occur in your pregnancy
All mothers look forward to pregnancies without pregnancy complications, however on some occasions more medical advice is required. If you experience pain and bleeding, then you should seek medical attendance immediately. This could be caused by an ectopic pregnancy that occurs when the embryo attaches itself in one of your tubes before it gets to the uterus. This can be dangerous for the mother and the child. Other concerns during your pregnancy may include anemia. It can be harmful for your baby and it is important to have this under control before delivery. High blood pressure is another condition that needs to be closely monitored. Ensure regular contact with your GP and Maternity hospital to ensure you and your baby are monitored closely.
If you have underlying conditions that could pose complications in your pregnancy such as asthma, diabetes, HIV and AIDS, epilepsy, mental disorders and many others, you should be careful about your pregnancy and keep medical contacts close at all times. Make sure that your baby is having regular checkups to ensure that the babies development and babies health is fine so that you do not overlook any complications that they may have.