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  • One of the easiest and best ways to avoid problems and complications during pregnancy is to get regular medical exams from your doctor.
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    One of the easiest and best ways to avoid problems and complications during pregnancy is to get regular medical exams from your doctor.

  • A pregnant woman diet needs to include plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber and so on, just as it normally should. Both you and your baby need plenty of vitamins during pregnancy. A healthy diet provides such ingredients which are essential for the development of the baby and may help protect against preeclampsia during pregnancy.
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    A pregnant woman diet needs to include plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber and so on, just as it normally should. Both you and your baby need plenty of vitamins during pregnancy. A healthy diet provides such ingredients which are essential for the development of the baby and may help protect against preeclampsia during pregnancy.

  • Fat and cholesteral, which you normally try to avoid, are important for absorbing the fat soluable vitamins (A,D,E, and K) and for strechable skin. Fat is also necessary for the developing baby brain. Therefore, two tablespoons of fat a day is recommended for pregnant women.
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    Fat and cholesteral, which you normally try to avoid, are important for absorbing the fat soluable vitamins (A,D,E, and K) and for strechable skin. Fat is also necessary for the developing baby brain. Therefore, two tablespoons of fat a day is recommended for pregnant women.

  • Weak kegal muscles can contribute to pain during birth, premature flexion of the baby
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    Weak kegal muscles can contribute to pain during birth, premature flexion of the baby's head and a prolonged second stage. Childbirth can also weaken these muscles and cause discomfort afterwards. So, to keep kegal muscles strong, one must do kegal exercises during pregnancy.

  • During pregnancy, you should let your doctor know about the problems you are suffering from, so that he/she can take appropriate action.
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    During pregnancy, you should let your doctor know about the problems you are suffering from, so that he/she can take appropriate action.

  • You also need to exercise and watch your weight as your normally would.
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    You also need to exercise and watch your weight as your normally would.

  • Staying healthy during pregnancy requires you to arm yourself with information about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. For this, their are certain "don
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    Staying healthy during pregnancy requires you to arm yourself with information about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. For this, their are certain "don't s" that you must be aware of.

  • Cut down on caffeine as excess consumption of coffee or caffeine products during pregnancy is associated with prenatal risks.
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    Cut down on caffeine as excess consumption of coffee or caffeine products during pregnancy is associated with prenatal risks.

  • Pregnant women should completely avoid junk foods. Have nutrient rich foods to support the development of maternal organs such as uterus, placenta, breast tissue and to build up body reserves to be utilised at the time of delivery and subsequently during lactation.
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    Pregnant women should completely avoid junk foods. Have nutrient rich foods to support the development of maternal organs such as uterus, placenta, breast tissue and to build up body reserves to be utilised at the time of delivery and subsequently during lactation.

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    Don't take over-the-counter medications (OTCs) or herbal remedies without consulting your obstetrician/gynaecologist.

  • It is important that you work to reduce your stress and anxiety levels during pregnancy as much as possible. Try staying happy and calm.
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    It is important that you work to reduce your stress and anxiety levels during pregnancy as much as possible. Try staying happy and calm.

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    Don't do anything that can raise your body temperature too high. Hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms should all be avoided.

  • Commercial and aerosol paints should be avoided during pregnancy, as the chemicals contained in the paints might increase the risk of prenatal disorders.
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    Commercial and aerosol paints should be avoided during pregnancy, as the chemicals contained in the paints might increase the risk of prenatal disorders.

  • In case there is a cat in your house, carefully handle cat litter because it can cause toxoplasmosis and other allergies.
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    In case there is a cat in your house, carefully handle cat litter because it can cause toxoplasmosis and other allergies.

  • Women should avoid alcohol intake during pregnancy as alcohol consumption might undesirably affect the fetal development.
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    Women should avoid alcohol intake during pregnancy as alcohol consumption might undesirably affect the fetal development.

  • Smoking during pregnancy multiplies the risk of deformities to unborn child.
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    Smoking during pregnancy multiplies the risk of deformities to unborn child.

  • A pregnant woman does get a lot of unsolicited advice and predictions, from family and strangers. Most of these are nothing but common myths about pregnancy. Read on to know some popular myths and misconceptions about pregnancy that have been handed down from generation to generation.
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    A pregnant woman does get a lot of unsolicited advice and predictions, from family and strangers. Most of these are nothing but common myths about pregnancy. Read on to know some popular myths and misconceptions about pregnancy that have been handed down from generation to generation.

  • Myth1: The shape and size of your belly can indicate your baby
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    Myth1: The shape and size of your belly can indicate your baby's gender. It is believed that a woman carrying a boy has a low belly, while a woman carrying a girl has a high belly. Fact: The shape of your belly during pregnancy is determined by the original shape of your abdomen, the amount and distribution of the fat, the strength of the abdominal muscles, the number of babies conceived, and the position of the baby.

  • Myth 2: The glow on your face indicates the sex of your baby - a glow on the face indicates you will deliver a baby girl, while a lack of any glow indicates you will deliver a boy. Fact: Most pregnant women start sporting a glowing face during the second trimester. This is because the morning sickness ends for most after the first trimester, the mother-to-be eats well, blood circulation improves and there is a general feeling of well being. It has nothing to do with the sex of the baby.
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    Myth 2: The glow on your face indicates the sex of your baby - a glow on the face indicates you will deliver a baby girl, while a lack of any glow indicates you will deliver a boy. Fact: Most pregnant women start sporting a glowing face during the second trimester. This is because the morning sickness ends for most after the first trimester, the mother-to-be eats well, blood circulation improves and there is a general feeling of well being. It has nothing to do with the sex of the baby.

  • Myth 3: Heartburn indicates that your baby will have lots of hair. Fact: Heartburn is a common pregnancy complaint. It is mainly because of reflux oesophagitis, during which the contents (food particles and acid) of the stomach come back up the food-pipe. Due to the acidic nature of the content, it causes burning, which is commonly known as heartburn.
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    Myth 3: Heartburn indicates that your baby will have lots of hair. Fact: Heartburn is a common pregnancy complaint. It is mainly because of reflux oesophagitis, during which the contents (food particles and acid) of the stomach come back up the food-pipe. Due to the acidic nature of the content, it causes burning, which is commonly known as heartburn.

  • Myth 4: Sex during pregnancy induces labour. Fact: Sex during pregnancy is totally safe if not otherwise advised by the doctor. Most women can have sex right until the last month of their pregnancy if they do not feel uncomfortable. Sex does not induce early labour.
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    Myth 4: Sex during pregnancy induces labour. Fact: Sex during pregnancy is totally safe if not otherwise advised by the doctor. Most women can have sex right until the last month of their pregnancy if they do not feel uncomfortable. Sex does not induce early labour.

  • Myth 5: Methods of delivery are hereditary. Fact: Mode of delivery has nothing to do with heredity. It depends on the number of babies conceived, presentation or the position of the baby, the mother
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    Myth 5: Methods of delivery are hereditary. Fact: Mode of delivery has nothing to do with heredity. It depends on the number of babies conceived, presentation or the position of the baby, the mother's pelvic bone structure and conditions, if any, complicating the pregnancy.

  • Myth 6: Morning sickness means the baby is not getting enough nutrition Fact: Morning sickness during the first trimester of your pregnancy is very common. The baby is safe and well nourished even if you puke out every morning. If you were healthy before getting pregnant, and don
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    Myth 6: Morning sickness means the baby is not getting enough nutrition Fact: Morning sickness during the first trimester of your pregnancy is very common. The baby is safe and well nourished even if you puke out every morning. If you were healthy before getting pregnant, and don't notice any warning signs like dehydration, severe weight loss or severe morning sickness, there is no need to worry. Just follow general health guidelines and be regular with your folic supplements.

  • Myth 7: Having sex will hurt the baby Fact: It is safe to have intercourse since the baby is protected by a thick mucous plug that seals the cervix and guards against infection. Some of the medical reasons which require abstaining from sex are: • Recent vaginal bleeding • Preterm labour • Ruptured membranes (broken water bag) • Placenta praevia • Infection with STDs
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    Myth 7: Having sex will hurt the baby Fact: It is safe to have intercourse since the baby is protected by a thick mucous plug that seals the cervix and guards against infection. Some of the medical reasons which require abstaining from sex are: . Recent vaginal bleeding . Preterm labour . Ruptured membranes (broken water bag) . Placenta praevia . Infection with STDs


  • You have to take precautions like never letting your heart rate go too fast, not more than 140 or breathing too hard. You should always have something known as a talk test that means you are actually able to have conversation while exercising. So if someone can actually teach you the process it is much safer.'>Myth 8: Exercising puts strain on baby Fact: Pregnancy is the time when every woman is motivated because she wants to do her best for herself and for her baby so even women who have never exercised must start during their pregnancy and the exercise don
    You have to take precautions like never letting your heart rate go too fast, not more than 140 or breathing too hard. You should always have something known as a talk test that means you are actually able to have conversation while exercising. So if someone can actually teach you the process it is much safer.' title='Myth 8: Exercising puts strain on baby Fact: Pregnancy is the time when every woman is motivated because she wants to do her best for herself and for her baby so even women who have never exercised must start during their pregnancy and the exercise don't have to be vigorous or strenuous. If a woman has never exercised before, she can do some very simple exercises, just stretching, relaxation exercises, meditation and learning deep breathing, learning to concentrate at a particular spot. It's more of an education. It's more of relaxation and stretching. These things help you relieve back strain. They help you for simple problems like varicose veins, swollen legs and constipation. Exercises relieve all these little day-to-day issues of pregnancy. But exercises should always be supervised. You just can't start exercising one fine day. You should go very slow, warm up and then do about 45 minutes of exercise. Then again cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    You have to take precautions like never letting your heart rate go too fast, not more than 140 or breathing too hard. You should always have something known as a talk test that means you are actually able to have conversation while exercising. So if someone can actually teach you the process it is much safer.' />
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    Myth 8: Exercising puts strain on baby Fact: Pregnancy is the time when every woman is motivated because she wants to do her best for herself and for her baby so even women who have never exercised must start during their pregnancy and the exercise don't have to be vigorous or strenuous. If a woman has never exercised before, she can do some very simple exercises, just stretching, relaxation exercises, meditation and learning deep breathing, learning to concentrate at a particular spot. It's more of an education. It's more of relaxation and stretching. These things help you relieve back strain. They help you for simple problems like varicose veins, swollen legs and constipation. Exercises relieve all these little day-to-day issues of pregnancy. But exercises should always be supervised. You just can't start exercising one fine day. You should go very slow, warm up and then do about 45 minutes of exercise. Then again cool down for about 10 to 15 minutes.

    You have to take precautions like never letting your heart rate go too fast, not more than 140 or breathing too hard. You should always have something known as a talk test that means you are actually able to have conversation while exercising. So if someone can actually teach you the process it is much safer.

  • Myth 9: Travelling by air is unsafe during pregnancy Fact: It is perfectly safe to fly once in a while if your delivery date is more than six weeks away. There is no contraindication to travel by air, provided you do not have morning sickness i.e. vomiting during pregnancy, or have not had bleeding following conception. If your flight is a long one, move around a bit and stretch your legs to avoid formation of blood clots.
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    Myth 9: Travelling by air is unsafe during pregnancy Fact: It is perfectly safe to fly once in a while if your delivery date is more than six weeks away. There is no contraindication to travel by air, provided you do not have morning sickness i.e. vomiting during pregnancy, or have not had bleeding following conception. If your flight is a long one, move around a bit and stretch your legs to avoid formation of blood clots.

  • Myth 10: Pregnant ladies should avoid using cell phones and computers during pregnancy. Fact: One can use computers and mobile phones during pregnancy as no studies have revealed increased health risks from radiation. Nevertheless, one should be aware of the possibility of eye strain, back problems, etc from sitting in front of the screen for long periods. Anyone working with computers, whether pregnant or not, should take periodic breaks from the work station.
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    Myth 10: Pregnant ladies should avoid using cell phones and computers during pregnancy. Fact: One can use computers and mobile phones during pregnancy as no studies have revealed increased health risks from radiation. Nevertheless, one should be aware of the possibility of eye strain, back problems, etc from sitting in front of the screen for long periods. Anyone working with computers, whether pregnant or not, should take periodic breaks from the work station.

  • Myth 11: Pregnant ladies must not have coffee Fact: Coffee in small amounts will not affect the baby, but avoid drinking more than three cups a day. Very large amount of caffeine might result in a baby with a low birth weight.
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    Myth 11: Pregnant ladies must not have coffee Fact: Coffee in small amounts will not affect the baby, but avoid drinking more than three cups a day. Very large amount of caffeine might result in a baby with a low birth weight.

  • Myth 12: Less baby kicks means the baby is lazy Fact: One generally start feeling the kicks in the fifth/sixth month of pregnancy but this varies from patient to patient. The number of kicks a pregnant lady feels has nothing to do with the baby being active or lethargic.
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    Myth 12: Less baby kicks means the baby is lazy Fact: One generally start feeling the kicks in the fifth/sixth month of pregnancy but this varies from patient to patient. The number of kicks a pregnant lady feels has nothing to do with the baby being active or lethargic.

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