Your Pregnancy Questions Answered
Pregnancy is a time of many questions and can be both a trying and exciting time in every woman’s life.
While we can’t tell you everything about pregnancy in sixty seconds we can answer some of your most common and vital pregnancy questions. Read on to find the answers to some of your most important pregnancy questions . . .
I’m sick morning, noon and night! Is this normal?
Yes. Unfortunately, while every pregnancy is different, some women do get exceptionally sick during the first three months of pregnancy. Sometimes that incorrectly named “morning sickness” can last all day long, come on in the middle of the night or never go away at all. If you are experiencing severe nausea consult your doctor. They can prescribe a safe medication to help take the edge off morning sickness.
How much should I be eating?
It is recommended that women consume an extra 300 calories per day; however, if you are also nursing an older child while pregnant you will need an extra 800 calories per day.
I’m crying all the time. Am I bonkers?
No. You are not bonkers. Hormone changes in pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s emotions. Jealousy can be driven by hormonal changes as well as a subconscious fear of the changes going on with her body. Weeping and lashing out is also common. Speak with your family about these symptoms when you aren’t feeling particularly hormonal and explain that you need their support even when you seem irrational.
When can an ultrasound predict my baby’s gender?
Around 18 to 20 weeks an ultrasound tech can determine the sex of your baby; however, this all depends on the way the baby is positioned. Your ultrasound tech may try to press on your tummy gently to get them to wiggle and get a clear look at whether your baby is a little girl or a little boy.
What tests will I have to have while I am pregnant?
At your first visit you can expect to have a routine blood test. As your pregnancy progresses, you will be asked to take a blood glucose test. This consists of fasting overnight, drinking a sugary drink provided by the doctor and taking a blood sample. At around 18-20 weeks you will have an ultrasound; however, this may come sooner if your doctor suspects a problem. You can expect to have both a blood test and urine test at every visit though the blood tests after the first initial test are usually simple finger sticks. Amino tests are optional.
Am I really in labour?
First time mothers may have a harder time deciphering false labor from real labor but veteran mums can have trouble determining which one is which as well. A good rule of thumb is to time your contractions. If they vary in strength, length and pattern then chances are it is false labor. If contractions become severe or you notice bleeding or a trickle of fluid contact your doctor.
When it comes to pregnancy guides, while there is a standard for symptoms and what is considered normal, pregnancy is a very personal thing for each woman. What is abnormal for one might be a common occurrence for another.
This is why it is so important to discuss your questions with your doctor so they can point you in the right direction to a healthier and happier pregnancy.