Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Some Pregnancy Tips For Expectant Mothers

belly of a pregnant woman

I understood that most of my women have good idea to know when they just got pregnant and would then consult their doctor to confirm their suspicions, while some of my women who upon discovering they are pregnant are filled with anxiety just because they consider it as an unwanted pregnancy or might not be ready to carry the pregnancy yet.

My other studies, shows that there are certain women who are desperately in need of a baby mimics some of the pregnancy signs and thereby assumes they are pregnant and would rush to their doctors for confirmation. Even when their health professional confirms to them that they are not pregnant, yet would not believe them. If you find yourself among these people please know that you're passing through what is called 'Phantom Pregnancy', and would require a Sympathetic Psychiatric therapy for some emotional counselling.
Most of our women encounters some emotional stress during their pregnancy and its due to the adjustment between single to parenthood, although it varies according to individual differences. Some women sees pregnancy as a joyous period of their lives while some sees it as a distressed moment of their lives which in wide cases lead them into depression both during and after pregnancy. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and must be cherished by all expectant mothers.

However, there are some stresses of which you can cope with or even enjoy doing when you're not yet pregnant of which you would lose taste for and find distressing doing pregnancy. You may find yourself overreacting emotionally to small issues or imagined insult. Based on my mental health survey I conducted in some healthcare center, my results shows that most mentally active women during their pregnancy period, seem to be mentally lethargic and thinking is done by effort.

In early weeks of your pregnancy, if you can listen to your conversations with people around you, you'll notice that you identify the tiny fetus and personalize it as 'my' pregnancy rather than saying 'the' pregnancy or 'it'. These happens because  perceive the fetus , that is the baby in the womb, as part of your body and therefore refuse to see it as a separate identity. When the fetus beings to move and to develop its own identity between 15th to 20th week of your pregnancy. You will also notice some changes in you as well as people around you would and that's when you will start calling your fetus, 'my baby'. During your late pregnancy, let's say about 35th week, a great changes must have widely taken place in both your health and body.

By then you will start to feel very impatient and having some sleepless night, most night you'll just feel some level of discomforts lying by the sides. I want you to know its normal to become anxious to give birth to your baby and see yourself carry and care for your new born baby.

During your late pregnancy, its also normal to become concerned of your increase in weight and fattness, your lethargy distended abdomen and your pendulous breasts of which you may think will adversely affect your partner's love for you. I actually felt that would affect my relationship with my partner but the way I overcame such emotions was my partner's reassureance of his love and showed me some affections. Of course, your partner needs to give his full assurance that you are never alone and also let you know that he is interested in the journey of the pregnancy and in the growth of your baby in your uterus. That way, you will not feel alone. Afterall, you two had a joint pleasure at the beginning of the pregnancy and that too must be shared.


Nausea during Pregnancy


a young pregnant woman having nausea in the toilet

Most pregnant women feel nausea in their early stage of pregnancy and only a few vomit. You can feel nausea in your first trimester and in your last trimester stage of pregnancy. Some sensitive hormones in a pregnant woman triggers the feeling of nausea. It can also happen if you are over-anxious or emotionally stressed. Oftentimes, nausea commonly occurs in the morning hours which is also called an 'early morning sickness' or at anytime of the day.

 However, when the stomach contains the overnight of accumulated gastric juices, it can trigger nausea in the next morning. You can reduce or even stop nausea by adjusting the composition of your diet.

Avoid hanging around smelling foods and within sight of food.

Eat small dry meals like snacks several times a day, ensure you don't eat too much of fatty and fried foods.

Try eating foods with fat and salt such as cheese and chip etc.

Don't drink too much fluid at the early hours of the day when nausea can be felt more.

Drink small fluid when eating, avoid eating too spicy foods, avoid the smell of food both at home and eateries,
reschedule your meal times when nausea is felt less.
You can prepare your meals at those times when nausea is less servere, if you are alone.

The way you respond to nausea is not the way other pregnant women would; it varies.


Antenatal Depression During Pregnancy

Some of my women confirmed to me of their depression during pregnancy, especially in their first baby. Single expectant mothers tend to develop depression. Women with poor partners or poor social background can also have depression during and after birth. If you encounter such, please don't just stay back at home, you need to visit your healthcare professional other than trying to cope with it. Another way to overcome it is by making friends and socializing with your friends. Get yourself busy with some fun filled environments.

Bathing During Pregnancy

During your last four weeks of pregnancy, its adviceable for you to indulge in shower baths or tub baths mostly when you feel like having long baths. The bath water may conceivable go into your vagina. Long baths are safe and make you feel pleasantly relaxed. Swimming is permissible and may be continued as long as you wishes to indulge in it.


 Backpain and ways to tackle it During Pregnancy

During your last trimester of pregnancy, most women tend to have backpain, its also normal to feel backache and that happens as a result of the relaxation of your pelvic joints and your ligaments. However, the growing weight of your Uterus changes the centre of balance, to enable you stand with your shoulder pushed back than normal. The further back position are known as 'Pride of a pregnancy'. Then your relaxed ligaments is what makes you to develop backpain. Most women who had between two to three pregnancies has the tendency to suffer an increased backpain during the daytime and the pain increases mostly at night hours thereby causing you to encounter sleepless night. The pain is felt most in the lower back or over your sacroiliac joint of your back.

If you find the pain excrusiating, you can talk to your doctor or your healthcare provider about it, and don't just try to manage it, so as to avoid it getting worse. You should also try to always maintain a good posture or seek advice on how to position your back at all times. Also, wearing of high heels during pregnancy can aggravate the strain on your back. Avoid self medication when having backache.

Causes of frequent Urination during pregnancy and ways to remedy it

During pregnancy, its normal for you to urinate frequently. It occurs because the bladder experiences some irritabilities and this happens mostly during your first trimester and your last four weeks of pregnancy. When your baby's head presses into your pelvis, it results passing out urine and of course you have to ease yourself. But if its accompanied with pain and scalding, you will need to consult your healthcare provider.


Heartburn remedy during pregnancy

Most pregnant women tend to have heartburn and that can be very annoying and common. Heartburn doesn't associate with the heart irrespective of its name 'heartburn'. Heartburn occurs as a result of the passage of small amount of stomach contents into the lower part of your Oesophagus( food tube). The food tube directs food from your mouth to your stomach. Due to the valve guarding the entrance to your stomach relaxes itself and the enlarging uterus pushes up against your stomach, thereby causing heartburn.

You can feel it mostly in the night hours, you feel the sensation in your upper abdomen and that can be very depressing. When you are having heartburn, take a glass of milk to bed with you. Also you can relieve it by eating small foods more often. Heartburn can also be relieved by drinking a glass of water and then relax, you will get relieved. A glass of milk worked for me when i had heartburn during my second pregnancy.


How to take care of your swollen legs and ankles during Pregnancy

Swollen legs and ankles occurs when your body tissues retails some fluids and its normal expected to happen during pregnancy. Averagely speaking, most pregnant women's body tissues retains upto six litres of fluid and abouabout three litres are retained during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy. Ankles are found at the lowest part of your body and is very common to have swollen ankles and when some fluid settles on your ankles, it causes them to swell up. It occurs mostly in the evenings and all you need to do is to raise your feet up horizontal, you can support it on a platform. And soon it will go down.


Sweating during Pregnancy

In the hot humid weather conditions, pregnant women sweat alot both during the day and at night hours. That happens toward their late pregnancy period. Most times you can sleep at night and woke up shocked with sweat. The excessive sweat is caused by some dilated blood vessels in your skin which dilate due to pregnancy. So far there hasn't been any treatment for the sweat rather it can be avoid by using air conditions, fans and taking cold bath. Avoid excessive exertion and always have sufficient rest at all time.


Sex during pregnancy

You can continue to have normal sex with your partner during your pregnancy only if your doctor had given you his assurance that you don't have any tendency of encountering premature labour or repeated abortions.

Most pregnant women desire more coitus during their pregnancy while others feel less stimulated. There are no specify reasons why some women loses interest in having sexual intercourse with their partner during their last weeks of pregnancy. But based on my personal experience, I lose interest during my last weeks of two pregnancies, and it was for the fear of my baby either getting hurt or afraid that our orgasm produced may damage my baby or even me having a premature childbirth, not minding my doctor's assurance to me that nothing will happen to me and my baby during or after sexual intercourse, yet I still get scared. Most women are also like that too.

Most women seem to be embarrassed by the size of their enlarged breast and swelling abdomen and therefore feel they are no longer attractive. While some other women just want to have a touch of their partner's but don't want to have coitus. You can minimize your sexual problems with your partner if both of you can discuss it extensively and reach an agreement.

The truth is that you can actually enjoy sexual intercourse with your partner throughout your pregnancy period if there are no identified complications by your doctor. From your second trimester, you will find it more relaxing and comfortable to have coitus from a rear position with your partner.

There are so many other things you can expect during pregnancy but only few of them are mentioned in this post.

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