Finding out that you’re having a baby can be a frightening and exciting experience, especially for new mothers. It is easy to feel lost when you do not know the first thing about caring and giving birth to a healthy baby. You must have prepared questions for your OB-GYN appointment for your first pregnancy, and do not be embarrassed to ask. When it comes to pregnancy, there are no stupid questions.
How much should I eat?
“Now eat for two” it’s a common phrase used to encourage pregnant women to eat more, but is it really accurate? This phrase implies that women should be eating twice what I ate before I knew I was pregnant, and that may not be the case. The Health News from the University of Cincinnati suggests that pregnant women only need about 300 more calories via a non-pregnant woman, but this can vary from person to person. Your weight, the quality of your health and the health of your baby can affect the amount of daily food. Talk to your doctor about your particular situation to be sure.
What foods should I avoid?
There are certain foods that most pregnant women should avoid. The Mayo Clinic warns against flesh and raw or under cooked eggs, and seafood. While some fish, such as swordfish and shark, should be avoided, there are other types of seafood, such as shrimp, salmon and catfish, which can and should be enjoyed by a pregnant woman, as it has been reported contributing to the birth of healthy babies. The list of foods to eat and those to avoid is long and can vary from woman to woman, so talk to your OB-GYN for relevant dietary information specific to your pregnancy.
Can I have sex?
Many pregnant women can safely have sex while pregnant, while others that are considered “high risk” are advised abstinence. Talk to your doctor about the health of your baby and if sex is safe or not for you and your partner option.
What are the signs of an abortion?
The signs of an abortion may be taboo for pregnant women, but it is an issue that must be treated. Talk to your doctor about the warning signs of an abortion and what to do if you notice any of these during your pregnancy.
Who will help me with childbirth?
It is natural to want to know who will help with the delivery. The physician who cares for you during pregnancy may not be the same to help you. If you want it to be that doctor, talk to your OB-GYN about it and discuss what would happen if that was not available when your little one decides to make his debut.
How much should I exercise?
Although exercise is recommended as a great way to maintain a healthy weight and stay fit during pregnancy, only your doctor can advise on the best type of exercise for you, and how often and during what hours. You might be advised to wait a quarter.