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How to avoid pregnancy complications:The do's and don'ts


Date Posted: 2/11/2017 3:28:25 AM

Posted By: lydiak  Membership Level: Silver  Total Points: 813

Pregnancy and child birth is a noble course. God created everything and then gave men and other living things the ability to reproduce and fill the earth. For a human being, it’s a journey that every parent should enjoy and behold the hand of the creator. How another life exists and lives inside another human being is a thing to marvel.

Pregnancy has three stages otherwise known as trimesters. The first stage occurs between the time of conception and three months after. The body goes through a lot of changes as it adjusts to the things happening inside the womb. It’s a moment of excitement for the parents, and their joy is indescribable. In this stage different mothers experience different things, which are signs of pregnancy. They include but not limited to nausea, vomiting, some are easily irritable and the most common one being missed monthly period, cravings.

In the second stage, a mothers belly starts to swell. Here involuntary announcement is inevitable. Friends and relatives can’t hide their excitement as they anticipate the baby’s arrival. The mother at stage starts to experience cravings and back and muscle fatigue though gradually.

In the last and final trimester, the parents can’t wait to hold their bundles of joy in their arms cuddle and celebrate their arrival. At this stage, even relatives and friends are on the lookout too and they also contact the parents often to announce the arrival of the visitor. Excess fatigue sets in as the baby increase in size and stature. Pregnant mothers’ experiences back pain and in some cases the feet start to swell. The mother prepares for the arrival by making sure they buy the baby clothes and cot shopping. In all the stages, the mothers have to go to clinics for pre natal check up almost every month

and it intensifies in the last trimester as the baby can come any time two weeks before or after the expected date of delivery (EDD). This day is usually arrived at after calculations from the day of conception using the monthly periods last day received and also through a scan done.

There are a number of things that pregnant mothers should and should not do while pregnant to reduce pregnancy complications and we shall highlight some of them in this article:

Pregnant mothers should take folic acid medicines and also pregnacare and osteocare supplements. Experts recommend taking folic acid when trying to conceive and during the first trimester. Pregnacare is recommended for the whole pregnancy period and even sometimes after. This helps to boost both the mothers and the baby's iron and calcium levels. It also helps reduce the risk of preeclampsia. In some cases mothers who don’t take this give birth to children with complications like children with a condition called spina-bifida , brain complications like anencephaly, cleft lip and cleft palate.

Pregnant mothers should avoid wearing high heels. Its recommended that pregnant mothers wear flat shoes and avoid high heels as this can expose them to the risk of falling due to reduced balance and probably hurting the baby and causing complications during pregnancy and to even fatal instances like still birth.High heels can also cause the feet to swell ,the muscles to stretch, back pain, calf cramps which can aggravate the mother and cause more complications.

Pregnant mothers should moderate exercises and walking. In most cases, pregnant mothers who engage in frequent walking and exercise activities, this has to be in moderation and those that are not rigorous and that can expose any risks to the unborn baby, don’t get into complications while giving birth and this has also been associated with faster opening of the cervix and dilation.

Pregnant mothers should avoid over the counter medicines: Some medicines are forbidden for the pregnant mothers as they can harm the unborn baby or interfere with the pregnancy process and therefore pregnant mothers should always go to a registered medic to get prescription for whatever illness they are suffering from.

Pregnant mothers should avoid some certain foods: Some experts say that certain foods are not suitable for the unborn babies and therefore pregnant mothers should avoid them. Foods like large species of fish contain too much mercury which can be harmful to the unborn baby. Other foods like liver should be eaten in moderation like once or twice in a month, according to some experts contain too much vitamin A or retinol which is also not suitable for the unborn baby.

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