The most common questions in early pregnancy that you don’t dare to ask

Pregnancy is one of the most emotional moments a couple can experience.

If it’s the first experience, however, a flood of questions may arise that you often don’t have the courage to ask your doctor or midwife.

Here are some answers that can clear up your first doubts.

How do I know which week of pregnancy I am and when I will give birth?

The calculation is simple thanks to the calculators or obstetric rulers that we have available.

Pregnancy lasts about 280 days (40 weeks) but the first ultrasound you do within 12 weeks (also called dating ultrasound ), allows you to date your pregnancy more precisely, especially if you have an irregular cycle, and to roughly define the date of childbirth.

How can I find relief from nausea?

Nausea can be present not only in the morning but also during the day. For most pregnant women, they appear in the morning upon waking and can be debilitating.

Many are happy with ginger in the form of biscuits for example or products found in pharmacies or herbal medicine.

It is advisable to always eat small meals on a regular basis.

If the nausea is strong and you are unable to drink liquids and eat  enough , you should  contact  your gynecologist or midwife. This is   because some women need hospital   care   if they have hyperemesis gravidarum . 

What should I avoid during pregnancy?

  1. Smoking , drugs and alcohol : qhis doesn’t mean I can’t toast Christmas or a wedding with a little wine. The problem arises when the intake of beer or a glass of wine occurs regularly because in this case alcohol has a negative impact on the child’s health.
  2. Pâtés and soft cheeses such as Camembert, Brie and Gorgonzola because  they are not pasteurised
  3. Raw eggs
  4. Raw meat and sausages if you are not immune to toxoplasmosis

Can I indulge my cravings?

There are many women who experience cravings during pregnancy . Some people eat cans of cucumbers and others kilograms of Brussels sprouts that maybe before she was pregnant she had never tasted.

Of fundamental importance, however, is a balanced and healthy diet in order to be sure of assimilating the necessary quantities of carbohydrates and proteins.

If you ate healthy before pregnancy keep it up.

Do you gain weight? It’s perfectly normal but remember that you don’t have to eat for two.

Can I play sports while pregnant?

Pregnancy is not a disease and if it has a physiological course you can go for nice walks and swimming for example.

We do not recommend new or too strenuous/aerobic activities but simply moderate physical movement.

How do I sleep with a bump?

There are  women  who find it difficult to find the  best sleeping position  as their  belly  grows.

The recommended position is only on the left side, perhaps with the help of cushions.

Can I have sex while pregnant?

It’s one of the first questions that comes to me after a couple has discovered the pregnancy.

Some are afraid of harming the baby, but in general, if the pregnancy goes smoothly, making love does not cause problems (as long as it is done with the appropriate delicacy).

What happens if the baby is not yet born at the dpp? What can I do to help labor?

Due date is an approximate date. The baby can safely be born before or after the due date.

After the deadline, you will have to do hospital monitoring (cardiotocography / CTG) to monitor your child. If labor does not start on its own by 41 weeks, they will probably induce labor.

How do I know if labor has started?

Labor may begin suddenly with the water breaking, contractions onset, or mucus plug loss.

If contractions occur every 5-7 minutes or your water has broken or you are bleeding, go to the hospital right away.

How long can labor last and what can provide relief?

The duration of labor depends from woman to woman, whether it is the first birth or one of the following ones. It can last a few hours up to even 24 but rarely more.

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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