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Hello mummies-to-be! We’re back today with a write up on some tips to help guide you along the pregnancy dos and don’ts. As you already know, the folklores and horror pregnancy stories are ceasing to exist in this modern age. However, this does not make it ok to do everything you’ve been ‘warned’ not to do by the older generation. For example, it is still unsafe for a pregnant woman to be out on the streets in the night—not because of the ghosts that’re lurking in the shadows but due to the dark streets and how it will affect your vision thus, ensuring you avoid anything mishaps if they were to occur. Let’s get on to it, now.

Dos:

Multivitamin: studies have shown following a healthy diet alone may not be enough for pregnancy. Hence, it is always good to take a multivitamin on top of following a balanced diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals to provide your baby and you with the appropriate amount of nutrients it needs. That way it’s beneficial for your baby and you. Do take note of the ingredients of a multivitamin before purchase though. And bear in mind that omega-3 fats are important for your baby’s brain development.

Ample rest: being sleep deprived doesn’t work well with anyone. Let alone a pregnant mummy. Once your newborn arrives it’ll make sleep elusive. Therefore, it’s always advisable to grab as much rest as you can. If a deep slumber isn’t attainable, schedule naps whenever you can. Change up your bedtimes to achieve the required 8 hours of sleep each night. Fatique is a sign that your body needs more rest, so ditch the worrying and get as much Zzz’s as you can.

Work out: remember when women were told to avoid lifting a finger whilst pregnant? Well, gone are those days. We know that ample exercise is good for mummy and baby. Regular exercise also helps with insomnia, muscle pains, excessive weight gains and mood swings. If you were quite a health nut before being pregnant, continue the good habit. If exercise isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can opt to give yoga shot.

Don’ts:

No smoking: yes, we know you already know this. But, being around smokers could also be harmful to yours and your baby’s health. Hence, it is advisable to stay away whenever possible. Also, babies born to women who smoke whilst pregnant are most likely to have a lower birth weight and are more likely to incur learning disabilities as compared to those mummies who don’t smoke.

No raw meat: ditch the steak tartare and opt for well, cooked dishes. As we know undercooked meat and eggs have a higher risk of foodborne illnesses. Also, food poisoning is quite the common occurrence and these conditions can cause serious and life-threatening illnesses.

No deli meats: this is inclusive of storebought or frozen sausages, salmon, nuggets and other cured means. Due to the various kinds of toxins they are possibly injected with to last longer – it may not work well with a pregnant mummy’s body.

Remember if anything is bothering you, do follow it up with your Gynae. Have a smooth sailing pregnancy, mummies!

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility. As we know, everyone goes through a different process of pregnancy. Some go through it with ease others, not really. With your body going through a massive series of changes within this 9 months it is only viable for you to be self-aware and understand whether what you’re going through is as normal as the sun rising from the east. We have decided to help all you pregnant mommies out by giving you a heads up! Bear in mind, we are not here to scare you; we are here to ensure what you’re going through has been dealt with by many preggy mommies. So, take a deep breath in and know that it is always crucial to know which symptoms warrant a visit to the doctors’ and which of it are normal.

Spotting And Bleeding–We know what you might be thinking. How is it possible to have any signs of blood whilst being pregnant? Well, first thing you’ve to know is whenever any sign of blood is noticed, you have to find the source of it. Do take note that during the first 8 weeks of a pregnancy, spotting is usually a normal occurrence which means that the embryo is implanting in the uterus. However, this bleeding could also be from a vaginal tear if you recently had sex or a cervical infection, both of which that isn’t harmful to your pregnancy. BUT if the spotting is followed by pain, it is advisable to ring up your doctor and follow up with an appointment.

Contractions–The biggest worry amongst first time mommies. Unlike labour contractions, pregnancy contractions are usually painless and irregular. Highly likely to occur during the third trimester, it can be present during the second trimester as well. Do take note that dehydration can also cause you to feel them. Always remember to hydrate yourself, mommies!!

Depression–Studies done by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have shown that between 14 and 23 percent of women suffer from depression. If you have depression now, your chances of post-partum depression can be higher. Although it is perfectly normal to be going through this, it’s advisable to speak to someone about it. Mental health above all else, ladies!

Vaginal Discharge–It is perfectly normal to have an increase in clear discharge during pregnancy. However, if it is followed by blood, pain or pressure, do consult a professional. Always better to be safe than sorry.

Shortness of Breath–With, the increase of progesterone and your pregnant belly growing at a rapid speed, this is completely normal!

Headaches and swelling are completely normal symptoms to be facing during pregnancy too. However, if you’re concerned about anything, always remember your doctors are always there to help guide you through this journey. Remember mommies, always trust your gut. Or in this case, ALWAYS trust the little cutie in your belly!