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Query from: Meena, United Arab Emirates, 05/13/08
Topic: PREGNANCY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Pregnancy Tips

i am on the 43rd day of my pregnancy pls. guide with the care tips for this stage as this pregnancy is very important for me. pls. guide me. thanks

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Response from: Rajmi Arun,   
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Dear Meena,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

There will be lots of changes going on in your body during the first trimester and these changes are quite normal. They might cause discomfort but will go off once the pregnancy progresses.

The breasts will swell and become tender even to touch, this is just a preparation for the breast feeding after delivery. Wear a supporting bra to reduce the stretching and sagging of the breasts. Your breasts will be more sensitive and if you see bluish lines on your breasts dont panic as it is the increase in the blood supply.

You might feel extremely tired, you might have heavy mood swings within seconds too. Even a peaceful sleep in the night will not solve the problem of tiredness as the entire body is getting adjusted to the fact that you are pregnant. But still you need more and more rest. Sleep 8 hours in the night and apart from that you also could take naps during the day. Till the body gets adjusted this tiredness will persist and untill then keep resting more and more. And when you are tired dont resist to ask for help from others in the family, especially your husband.

If you have already started having nausea and vomiting they are the signs of morning sickness. Though the name is morning sickness, it need not be only in the morning. It comes in any time of the day. For some the smell of cooking makes them nauseate and for some, something else. It differs from person to person. Again if you are nauseating, dont worry, take it easy, relax, try to drink warm water and take salted biscuits or crakers when ever you have that feeling. You could also take salted pickle (uppu narthangai). Most of the time this morning sickness goes off after the third month. Eat many times than eating more at one time. You should definitely avoid oily, spicy foods.

The utres is growing quite rapidly in the first trimester and this will press the woman's bladder and during the first and the last trimester you will urinate a lot. Dont panic if you make more number of trips to the rest room. The growing utres could also make you constipate, so you should avoid constipation. Eat fibre rich foods like greens, salads. Avoid foods that create gas. During the first trimester it is better to avoid sweets also (but if you have a sweet teeth and if you have a craving for sweets then take a minimum amount). Eat lots of fruits, vegetables either raw or in the form of soups and juices. If it is possible you could also avoid coffee/tea.

Dizziness also occurs during the first trimester a lot. This is caused due to low sugar levels and also due to more of blood going down towards the utres and legs. To avoid this get lots of fresh air, avoid being in smoky or crowdy areas. While getting up from bed get up slowly avoid sudden movements.

As you need lots of energy, you will feel that you are eating more. This is quite normal, and it will not make you fat. Eat more, but eat healthy foods. Instead of eating calorie rich food, eat protein rich food. Eat nutritious food.

The best of all is to follow the advices of your gynecologist to the maximum extent. There may be elders advising you to follow certain norms, listening to them makes no harm, but if you want to follow some of their advices, make sure to check with your gynecologist.

ALL THE VERY BEST!!!

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Response from: sitaraman gupta,   
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please see the attached document for the information you asked ; it is also given below: A good guideline to remember is: Homoeopathy as the general rule; allopathy as a last resort.

Tips to prevent nausea and morning sickness Eat more often but smaller amounts. Try not to go more than four hours between eating. Get out of bed slowly Keep biscuits handy to eat before getting out of bed Avoid large meals Rest as much as you can as feeling tiredness makes the feeling worse Try to avoid smells and food that make you feel worse Clean, lemony smells may make you feel better Avoid eating spicy or fatty foods Try to wear loose clothes that don't put pressure on your stomach Tips to prevent heartburn Try putting a pillow between your knees to help ease the strain on hips and knees. Decrease your fluid intake in the evenings (but not during the day) and avoid caffeine to avoid heartburn. Use plenty of fresh fruits and green vegetables daily. Take Antimonium Crudum.30 [(Buy a phial of homoeopathic medicine of the company named “Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pvt. Ltd.”)] 1drop in a spoon of water when you feel nausea and repeat it every 5 minutes till you feel relief.

Take SYMPHORICARPUS RACEMOSUS 200 [(Buy a phial of homoeopathic medicine of the company named “Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pvt. Ltd.”)] 5drops in a spoon of water in the morning and at bed time.

Take ARNICA MONTANA-Q [(Buy a phial of homoeopathic medicine of the company named “Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pvt. Ltd.”)] 1drop in a spoon of water whenever you take food/tea/…

Travel tips The second trimester is the best time to travel. At this time, you are probably over the sick and nauseous feelings of the first trimester. The miscarriage risk is also minimum at this time. On the road or in the air, avoid sitting for extended periods of time, try to walk around at least every hour or two. On a plane or train, even a trip up and down the aisles can help get your circulation going. Also make frequent trips to the toilet. Carry light snacks so that you do not go without food for long periods of time. Keep munching a carrot, an apple or a sandwich every hour or so. In the sultry heat of India, keep water handy all the time to prevent dehydration and cramping. Miscellaneous If you suffer with piles during pregnancy ice packs covered with a soft cloth on the area can provide relief. Take SEPIA 30 [(Buy a phial of homoeopathic medicine of the company named “Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pvt. Ltd.”)] 5drops in a spoon of water in the morning to get relief in piles. To relieve backache, place a warm hot water bottle on the relevant area. Press your spine against a wall and keep in that position for a few seconds. For cramps, gentle exercise will help - swimming is particularly good. Raise your feet on a pillow when lying in bed. Pain relief during labour CALCAREA FLUORICA 3X 4tablets every two hours [Put the tablets in mouth and let them dissolve slowly.- start this homoeopathic medicine four weeks before labour to promote normal delivery] Having your back rubbed during labour helps with the pain. When you are in labour, try and walk around or at least stay in an upright position for as long as possible. This speeds up the process. Squatting, hands and knees or standing during delivery increases the pelvis size by over 30% giving you a faster, easier and safer delivery. Eating and drinking fluids during labour is the best natural remedy for labour pain. You can help your baby move into the optimal position for birth in your third trimester by making sure that your knees are lower than your hips when driving, sitting or relaxing.

Choose food wisely

Since there is an increased requirement of all the nutrients during pregnancy, it is suggested to consume a well balanced diet. A woman's need for calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water all increase during pregnancy. Your daily meals should consist of various food products from the different food groups, such as:

Milk and milk products: Dairy products provide numerous nutrients and are especially high in calcium and proteins. Calcium is essential in the formation of bones and teeth. If your intake isn’t sufficient, your baby can withdraw calcium from your bones, making you more at risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. If you don’t like to drink milk, try flavoring it with chocolate or a drop of vanilla or serving it chilled over ice. The other ways to enhance milk intake is to take milk products in place of milk as such. These include curd, cheese, butter, etc. One cup of curds contains the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk, so include it with snacks and meals or substitute plain curd for some of the mayonnaise in salad dressings. Another way to add milk to your diet is to choose pudding desserts. Cereals grains, DALS and other pulses: Protein, a major nutrient in this group, is necessary for growth of new cells and replacement of old ones. Vegetables: Vegetables provide vitamins A and C among other vitamins, minerals and fiber, which can help relieve constipation. Foods rich in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, green beans and tomatoes. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C helps the body absorb the iron in foods. The body does not store Vitamin C, so these foods are needed daily. Fruits: Fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, melons and berries are the best sources of Vitamin C. Deep yellow fruits like papaya and mango are good sources of Vitamin A. It is easy to eat three or more servings of fruit a day: juice or fresh fruit for breakfast, fresh or dried fruit for a snack, a fruit salad with lunch and a fruit dessert with dinner. Meat, fish and poultry: This food group like cereals and pulses provide with proteins necessary for growth and development of the baby. What to avoid Food poisoning

Pregnant women should be careful not to expose themselves to any risk of food poisoning, which is potentially very dangerous to the unborn baby.

If you follow the guidelines below, your risk of food poisoning will be low: Always wash your hands before preparing food. Keep kitchen surfaces, cooking utensils, tea towels and so on scrupulously clean. Store cooked and ready-to-eat food in separate containers and shelves in the fridge; don't let juices from raw or thawing meat or fish drip onto other foods. Use separate chopping boards for preparing meat or poultry, and fruit and vegetables. Wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt and soil. Never eat food that has passed its use-by or expiration date. Cook food thoroughly. Cool leftover food quickly and use within 24 hours. Wash your hands carefully after touching any animals.

Alcohol

Heavy drinking during pregnancy will harm the unborn child, and there is evidence that it's associated with birth defects and lower birth weight. Excess alcohol may also affect the mother's nutritional status by affecting or su

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Response from: Ms saipriya r,   
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Hello meena ,

First i would like to say CONGRATS , i think ur in the second month of ur pregnancy , In the second month of pregnancy (5-8 weeks), the embryo is under going development. At week 5, we will able to distinguish the facial features such as eyes, ears, hands and legs begin form. Most of this month is fetal organ formation. It is also called embryonic organ formation period.

In the first five weeks during pregnancy, the neural tube embryos gradually formed. This neural tube will grow into be the future brain and spine. Pregnancy at around seven weeks, the fetal length is now 2-3 cm and weighing about four grams, the fetal has grown the hands and feet, eyes, ears, mouth can be seen and also the outline of human preliminary facial

Second Month Pregnancy Pointers The list below are second month pregnancy pointers for pregnant women to take notes of during the second month of pregnancy. Usually most pregnant woman did not practice it due to their ignorance.

1. The first five weeks as the cell differentiation in the developing embryo, the greatest susceptibility for pregnant woman is to avoid viruses, toxic chemicals and radiation substance.

2. If your menstrual did not come and have pass seven days, you should go to your family Doctor to check and confirm whether you are pregnant.

3. In beginning of pregnancy between 4-7 weeks, you may have general pregnancy symptoms like nausea, anorexia, fatigue, dizziness and headaches or some cannot even bear the smell of fume or odor. 80 percent of pregnant women will have these general pregnancy symptoms but only a small number of pregnant women will have it serious and some of them have none. These pregnancy symptoms will disappear naturally after third month of pregnancy.

4. Pregnant woman might experience that you will sleep one hour more than usual. This is fine as you need and must have sufficient sleep. Do pay more attention on resting yourself.

5. You must ensure you get sufficient oxygen. I suggest taking a walk for one hour in the garden to breath in fresh air.

6. It is very important to keep yourself in happy spirit mood. Your baby can feel your emotions changes and affect your baby development.

7. As for your diet, you should choose light appetizers and food that easy to digest. At this time, just eat what ever you feel like eating. Never mind whether it is nutritional enough.

8. Do drink lot of water to let the body toxic substances discharged from the urine.

9. Most of the miscarriages occur during the first trimester. You should avoid any forced movement example like carry heavy stuff.

SPECIAL CARE DURING PREGNANCY

Tips for special care during pregnancy

Regular exercise during pregnancy can have special benefits. It can lessen the discomfort and fatigue.

For morning sickness, nibble on a few plain crackers when you wake up. Rest in bed for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up.

Taking a warm shower during labour may help you to relax or just feel better. Avoid hot water, it can raise your body temperature.

Eat several small meals each day. Avoid rich, spicy, acidic and fried foods. Keep healthy snacks available.

To prevent dehydration during labour, on the hour have something to drink and on the half hour go to the bathroom.

During labour a gentle backrub will feel good and help you to relax making contractions more effective.

When in labour relax as much as possible during contractions. Labour with your body, not against it. The more you can relax, the more effective the contractions will be.

Never change a cat's litter box when pregnant. It can contain toxoplasmosis that can cause birth defects.

Low lighting and soft music may help you relax during labour.

Walk around between contractions to help your labour move along.

Take your prenatal vitamin with dinner, or the biggest meal of your day, to minimize nausea.

Towards the end of your pregnancy you may need to buy a pair of shoes in a larger size.

Fat and cholesterol are important for absorbing the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E, and K), for stretchable skin, and is also necessary for the developing baby brain. Two tablespoons of fat a day is recommended for pregnant women.

Keep track of situations that trigger nausea so that you can avoid those things. Odors, sudden motion, etc.

Listen to your body. Your body will let you know when it is time to relax and rest.

A healthy diet and exercise program during pregnancy can help a woman maintain her self-esteem. Women, who stayed active throughout their pregnancy, have an easier time regaining muscle tone and losing weight after childbirth.

To help avoid high blood pressure during pregnancy you should lay on your left side, drink lots of water and avoid salt.

Are your feet and legs swelling? Walk often and sit with your feet up. Also sleep on your left side.

Take naps during the day or after work to help fight fatigue.

Childbirth classes are a great way to learn more about what is happening to your body and the birth process.

Keep a diary of what you are eating to ensure that you are keeping up with your daily requirements.

If you exercise when pregnant (within limits of course), you could have a shorter labour and recover faster.

In late pregnancy, swimming is a great way to exercise. It makes you feel weightless and it can help relieve a lot of aches and pains.

To reduce cramping while you are sleeping, place pillows under your knees and feet.

Be sure to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water each day. Be especially careful on hot summer days, you may need to increase your water intake.

When traveling by car, be sure to wear your seat belt. The bottom strap should go across your hips, not over your abdomen.

When having nausea and vomiting, if it lasts longer than 24 hours and you have the inability to keep any food or fluids down, call your doctor. Also call your doctor about severe pain in any part of your body.

Increase your calorie intake while pregnant, normally 300 calories per day. While exercising -increase even more.

good luck .

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Response from: Bond 007 James,   
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Prenatal care is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. Whether you choose a family physician, obstetrician or nurse-midwife, prenatal care is the key to monitoring your health — and your baby's health — throughout your pregnancy. Here's what to expect at the first few prenatal appointments. The first visit

As soon as you think you're pregnant, schedule your first prenatal appointment. Set aside ample time for the visit. You and your health care provider have plenty to discuss! Here are the basics:

* Medical history. Your health care provider will ask many questions — including details about your menstrual cycle, use of contraceptives, past pregnancies, and allergies or other medical conditions. List any prescription or over-the-counter medications you're taking. Share any family history of congenital abnormalities or genetic diseases. The information you share will help your health care provider take the best care of you — and your baby. * Due date. Establishing your due date early in pregnancy allows your health care provider to monitor your baby's growth as accurately as possible. To estimate your due date, your health care provider will count ahead 40 weeks from the start of your last period. * Physical exam. Your health care provider will check your weight, height and blood pressure. He or she will listen to your heart and assess your overall health. * Pelvic exam. Your health care provider will examine your vagina and the opening to your uterus (cervix) for any infections or abnormalities. You may need a Pap test to screen for cervical cancer. Changes in the cervix and in the size of your uterus can help confirm the stage of your pregnancy. * Blood tests. Your health care provider will do blood tests to determine your blood type, including Rh factor — a specific protein on the surface of red blood cells. Blood tests also can reveal whether you've been exposed to syphilis, measles, mumps, rubella or hepatitis B. You may be offered a test for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Tests for chickenpox and toxoplasmosis immunity may be done as well. * Urine tests. Analysis of your urine can reveal a bladder or kidney infection. The presence of too much sugar or protein in your urine may suggest diabetes or kidney disease. * Lifestyle issues. Healthy lifestyle choices can help give your baby the best start. Your health care provider will talk to you about nutrition, prenatal vitamins, exercise and other lifestyle issues. You'll also discuss your work environment. If you smoke, your health care provider will offer suggestions to help you quit. * Prenatal tests. Prenatal tests can give you valuable information about your baby's health. Your health care provider may recommend ultrasound, blood tests or other screening tests to detect fetal abnormalities.

Other first-trimester visits

Subsequent prenatal visits — often scheduled every four to six weeks during the first trimester — will probably be shorter than the first. Your health care provider will check your weight and blood pressure, and you'll discuss your signs and symptoms. You probably won't need another pelvic exam until later in your pregnancy. Near the end of the first trimester, you may be able to hear your baby's heartbeat with a small device that bounces sound waves off your baby's heart.

Remember, your health care provider is there to support you throughout your pregnancy. Your prenatal appointments are an ideal time to discuss any questions or concerns — including things that may be uncomfortable or embarrassing. Also find out how to reach your health care provider between appointments. Knowing help is available when you need it can offer precious peace of mind.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pr…

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Response from: Dr. Sindu.,   
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Hi Meena,

Hope you might have consulted an obstetrican by this time and started taking Iron,calcium and foilc acid as his/her recomendations.If you are experincing morning sickness like nausea,vomitng etc as far as possible try to avoid any medicationsFirst second and third trimesters.every trimester consisting of 3 months.During pregnancy, a woman must be very particular about what she eats. Precautions must be taken in the first trimester. Since there is an increased requirement of all the nutrients during pregnancy, it is suggested to consume a well balanced diet. A woman's need for calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water all increase during pregnancy. With the exception of iron for many women, a careful selection of food can and should provide the additional calories and nutrients required. For healthy women, no special dietary supplements or foods are needed to ensure adequate nutrition. Your daily meals should consist of various food products from the different food groups, such as: Milk and milk products: Dairy products provide numerous nutrients and are especially high in calcium and proteins. Calcium is essential in the formation of bones and teeth. If your intake isn’t sufficient, your baby can withdraw calcium from your bones, making you more at risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. If you don’t like to drink milk, try flavouring it with chocolate or a drop of vanilla or serving it chilled over ice. The other ways to enhance milk intake is to take milk products in place of milk as such. These include curd, cheese, butter, etc. One cup of curds contains the same amount of calcium as a cup of milk, so include it with snacks and meals or substitute plain curd for some of the mayonnaise in salad dressings. Another way to add milk to your diet is to choose pudding desserts.

Cereals grains, dals and other pulses: Protein, a major nutrient in this group, is necessary for growth of new cells and replacement of old ones.

Vegetables: Vegetables provide vitamins A and C among other vitamins, minerals and fibre, which can help relieve constipation. Foods rich in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, green beans and tomatoes. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C helps the body absorb the iron in foods. The body does not store Vitamin C, so these foods are needed daily.

Fruits: Fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, melons and berries are the best sources of Vitamin C. Deep yellow fruits like papaya and mango are good sources of Vitamin A. It is easy to eat three or more servings of fruit a day: juice or fresh fruit for breakfast, fresh or dried fruit for a snack, a fruit salad with lunch and a fruit dessert with dinner. Meat, fish and poultry: This food group like cereals and pulses provide with proteins necessary for growth and development of the baby. and 8-10 glasses of water These are some foods which should be avoided. Avoid eating foods which generates heat in the body like ginger, honey etc.Sharks are the leading foods in this category. Other sea foods like prawns, lobsters, crabs, shellfish, etc. must also be avoided. Fish containing high levels of mercury should be avoided. Also, avoid eating uncooked cheese or unpasturised milk and its products, as these often contain bacteria that may be harmful to your unborn baby. Papaya is extremely harmful for the growing fetus. It must be avoided at all costs. Pineapple is another food to be avoided.Cooling fruits such as watermelons, oranges, apples, etc. are good. But it must be remembered not to have any one type of food in excess during a pregnancy.Eating outside must be avoided as far as possible. When going out for a while, the woman must carry her own homemade lunchbox, or must subsist on ‘safe’ foods such as biscuits. Even water must be boiled and then consumed.It is not advisable to experiment with tastes when a woman is pregnant, especially in the first three months. It is better to consume foods that the stomach is familiar with.No antibiotics must be taken during the pregnancy at all. This includes aspirin. Antibiotics can increase the heat of the body, which could be very harmful to the developing fetus. If there is some problem like headache, cold or fever, then natural remedies must be adopted instead of using antibiotics. Tobacco is absolutely dangerous during a pregnancy. Not only must the expecting mother avoid smoking, she should also not go in the vicinity of other people who are smoking. Passive smoking contains toxins that are more harmful to the fetus than direct smoking.ome women are tempted to take antibiotics in order to stop the vomiting and the giddiness in the first trimester. This should not be done at all. If any antibiotics need to be taken, then they must be done in consultation with the gynecologist. Even there, the gynecologist may suggest alternative therapies.

Pregnancy is a total experience. It is a time in a woman's life when it is of prime importance that the various dimensions of her being are in harmony. The regular practice of certain yoga exercises, meditation and breathing techniques ensures optimum health of her body and mind, and the unification of her physical, emotional and spiritual growth with that of the developing child. Today science has proved that intrauterine baby can not only listen, touch,feel but also can respond by its own way . 60 % of brain development occurs in intrauterine period .Experiments have proven that mothers who have a positive mindset during pregnancy are more likely to have normal deliveries and healthy babies. music and mantras helps a lot.stotrams like aditya hridhayam, vishnu / lalitha sahasranamam etc, you can chant or hear all of them every day in the morning and evening which is really good.You get an audio cd/cassette called garbh sanskaar.It was designed for pregnant womens.It has music and mantras from vedas. More information available on http://garbhasanskarinpregnancy.com…

Recite this mantras/slokas everyday till the day of delivery.

Mathru boodeswaro devo Bakthanaa mishta thayaka Sukanthi kunthala naavaha Suka prasava Mrichchanthuhu Hima vathyuththarey parthavey Surathaa nama yakshini Tasyaha smarana mathrena Visalya karpini paveth

Hey sankara smarahara Bramahathathi natha Mannatha samba sasisooda Harathri soolin Sambo sukaprasavakrutha Pavame thayalo shri mathrubootha siva balayamam namasthey

Besides,Music does a lot towards the best Advantage of the Pregnant Mother as well as the Baby... right from the Embryo stage itself... as has been Scientifically proved . Aim of reciting shlokas and doing poojas is to make you clam and have positive thoughts in your mind there by ensuring to have a positive outlook towards life and a healthy growing atmosphere for your baby to grow.You can chant "om". . reading hanuman chalisa is also good.TRy to hear soothing melodious music.

Garbha Rakshambika Slokam is good for Pregnant women. PDF Format;You can download from this link

http://www.templetrips.com/content/…

Along with all these Make regular visit to doctor,always try to be happy. if possible take short walk daily.

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Response from: Indumukhi A.,   
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Congratulations!

At this stage of pregnancy it is important for you to be taking a prenatal supplement containing folic acid. Your ob/gyn should already have instructed you thus. You should also avoid large fish, which contains mercury, such as shark, swordfish, and tilefish. However it is important to get adequate omega-3 fats in your diet through fish like salmon, eggs, walnuts, soymilk or tofu, and flaxseed or flaxseed oil (unheated).

Other than this you do not need to take many additional calories at this stage but make sure the foods you are taking in are high-quality like fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, yogurt, and milk. Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk and cheeses which can contain bacteria harmful to you and baby.

Of course avoid cigarette smoke at all costs, and check with your doctor for her recommendations regarding alcohol and caffeine intake but until then avoid both of these as they can lead to complications.

Exercising moderately during pregnancy, if you are fit, can make delivery easier. This could be fulfilled by walking daily. But avoid activities in which you could fall or be injured. Common sense I'm sure!

Other than that just enjoy yourself and the changes you begin to observe in your body over the next few months. Don't feel guilty about your emotions or needs, but try to communicate them to others rather than let them build up inside you. This will help you maintain calm and happiness during this time. Best wishes!

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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It is important to know your LMP in order to calculate your due date and to know how many weeks pregnant you are. You can do this yourself by clicking on the “due date calculator” at www.womenintheknow.com…. If you do not know your LMP, your clinician may want to order an early ultrasound test to see how far along you are. For this purpose, the ultrasound is most reliable if done in the first trimester. If you have bad morning sickness it’s a girl; mild or none means it’s a boy. There is no way to tell in the first trimester whether you are having a boy or a girl. You are eating for two. While your appetite may increase significantly during early pregnancy, your actual caloric needs are only slightly increased during this trimester. Be sensible about your food intake. You can’t take any medications at all. There are many medications- over-the-counter and prescriptions- known to be safe in pregnancy; as with any medication issues, when in doubt, ask your clinician or pharmacist. If you are exposed to x-rays while pregnant, you will have a miscarriage or your baby will have horrible birth defects. Nutrition and exercise. Most pregnant women do best eating multiple small meals per day (I recommend reading What to Eat When You’re Expecting). Severe abdominal pain A severe, unremitting headache that does not respond to two doses of Tylenol 4 hours apart. Any vaginal bleeding (while spotting is common and may not mean something is wrong) Vaginally passing any blood clots or tissue-like substance. Any fever over 101 degrees (orally) Persistent dizziness Nosebleeds, Blurry vision, Blood in urine Painful urination (burning sensation), Foul smelling or unusual colored vaginal discharge Any animal bites. It is healthy to exercise during pregnancy provided you exercise cautiously. Women can exercise all nine months of their pregnancy. Gentle exercise, of different kinds that are appropriate at various stages of pregnancy must be followed. These exercises will help you keep your whole system healthy. During pregnancy one must try to strengthen and tone the pelvic muscles. If you do the right exercises you can reduce backaches and maintain flexibility in the joints and keep them firm. By exercising you could improve sleep.

Exercise will also burn some anxious energy and help you sleep better.If the cardiovascular system is activated by exercising, the endocrine system gets regulated which in turn fills up muscle tissue and makes the joints flexible. Walking during the first trimester – and throughout pregnancy – can be a wonderful pregnancy exercise. It gets your heart pumping without putting unnecessary strain on your joints. During the second trimester, when you begin to feel well again, your energy level may suddenly increase. With the blessing of your doctor, you may want to engage in more strenuous activity. Again, it completely depends on your level of health and the advice of your doctor.

Be sure to drink plenty of water – more than you may be accustomed to drinking – to protect yourself against dehydration. The third trimester can continue as the second but an ever-expanding belly may prevent you from accomplishing some pregnancy exercise. Adjust your expectations as your situation continues to change and check in with your doctor every step of the way. Remember that has your due date nears you need to be vigilant to signs of labor. Use care with pregnancy exercise at this time. Seafood is a bad choice of food as the things contained within seafood could be damaging for your babies nervous system, things like high levels of mercury.Alcohol - This is one of the ultimate no-no's, do NOT drink alcohol at all when you are pregnant or you WILL regret it, this is very high likeliness to cause major problems for your baby. Stay away from alcohol.

Not a food but has to be mentioned - Smoking - This is another big problem, smoking can cause major defects with a developing baby and maybe even fatal in some cases, steer clear of smoking when pregnant for your babies sake.Perfect pregnancy nutrition requires you to eat a healthy well-balanced diet. This diet must be full of the following nutrients. Rich in vitamin C, Iron and Calcium it is dangerous for mother and the baby if the mother gains too much pregnancy weight gain. Some of the negative outcomes that being overweight during pregnancy might bring for the mother include the following. Premature birth, Gestational diabetes Birth defects,Toxemia, Cesarean section (with complication). Sex is a wonderful way for partners to remain intimate during pregnancy. Woman on top positions or side-lying may be more comfortable as pregnancy advances. Deep penetration should be at the discretion and comfort of the mother. Water or air (or any foreign objects) in the vagina should not be part of any sex play during pregnancy. Douching should never be done during pregnancy. Understanding, empathy, creativity and humor will be good assets to love making during pregnancy. A woman should always be able to say “no." If a woman is at high risk for preterm labor, orgasm and intercourse should be avoided until the doctor or midwife has told you it is safe. Nipple stimulation should also be avoided in these circumstances. Avoid intercourse (or sexual activity) if advised to do so by your care provider. Intercourse should be avoided if the amniotic fluid is leaking, has ruptured, or if there is a suspicion that it may be leaking. Any sexual contact should be avoided if the woman or her partner has been exposed to, or has confirmation of a sexually transmitted disease or HIV. Use of a condom and a spermicide is recommended if sexual activity cannot be avoided. As term approaches, start to discuss postpartum contraception.

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Hi Meena, congratulations. First pregnancy is a very thrilling experience. you should take special care for you and your baby in this important phase of pregnancy. Eat healthy foods, take more fruits and vegetables . Avoid fatty foods, coffee, tea and soft drinks. If you have vomitting, eat food often in smaller quantities. Avoid spicy foods. Visit ur doc regularly and discuss with them about ur doubts and questions if you have any. You can go for walking in morning/evening for 30min-1 hour. Keep yourself happy . Read good books or listen to melodious songs. Start talking with your baby when you are alone. While sleeping make sure you sleep on your side(left side). This allows optimal flow of oxygen for baby. Don't take any tablets without doc's advice. Take care.

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Hai Meena,

CONGRATULATIONS. Tips for pregnancy

Talk to your health care provider about how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy. Eat foods rich in folate, iron, calcium, and protein, or get these nutrients through a prenatal supplement. Talk to your health care provider before taking any supplements. Eat breakfast every day. Eat high-fiber foods and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation. Avoid alcohol, raw fish, fish high in mercury, soft cheeses, and anything that is not food. Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week. Talk to your health care provider before you begin. After you deliver your baby, continue eating well. Return to a healthy weight gradually. Slowly get back to your routine of regular, moderate physical activity. Take pleasure in the miracles of pregnancy and birth. HEALTHY EATING What is a healthy eating plan for pregnancy?

A healthy eating plan contains a wide variety of foods from the five basic food groups.* Every day, you should try to eat: 6 or more servings of bread, cereal, rice, or pasta. One serving equals one slice of bread, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal (about 1 cup of most cereals), or 1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta. If you are physically active, you can eat more servings (up to 11 servings if you are very active). 3 to 5 servings of vegetables. One serving equals 1 cup of raw leafy vegetables such as spinach or lettuce, or 1/2 cup of chopped vegetables, cooked or raw. 2 to 4 servings of fruit. One serving equals one medium piece of fruit like an apple, banana, or orange; 1/2 cup of chopped fresh, cooked, or canned fruit; 1/4 cup dried fruit; or 3/4 cup of 100-percent fruit juice. 2 servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese One serving equals 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese like cheddar or mozzarella, or 2 ounces of processed cheese like American. If you are 18 years or younger and pregnant, you need at least 3 servings of milk, yogurt, and cheese. Choose low-fat or fat-free dairy products most often. 2 to 3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs, or nuts. One serving equals 2 to 3 ounces of cooked meat, poultry, or fish-about the size of a deck of cards. CVhoose lean cuts and eat no more than 5 to 7 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish a day. One cup of cooked beans such as kidney beans or 2 eggs count as a serving. Four tablespoons of peanut butter or 2/3 cup of nuts also equals a serving. At least 8 glasses of water. Drinking milk, 100-percent juice, seltzer or other non-alcoholic beverages counts toward your amount of daily water. Source:http://www.mamashealth.com/pregnanc…

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Response from: Anu Babu,   
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Hi Meena,

Firts of all i like to congratulate for ur pregnancy.First pregnancy is really a nice one.The experience cant be explained on simple words. Be careful.Consult ur doctor periodically.Dont take any tablets in ur own.Always consult doctor.

pregnancy period is divided into 3 trimesters., first 3 months are called first trimester.In this period u have to take rest.Avoid heavy lifting., running., jogging.you need to be in ur normal routine life only.No need of bed rest and all.In second trimester., u can start walking & do mild physical exercise acc to doctors advice.

Have a well balanced diet., fruits., veggies & all healthy ones.Pls avoid food stuffs which are heat like papaya., Dates.,jaggery., in first trimester. It's best if you sleep on your side, preferably on your left side. This position also ensures optimal oxygen flow to your baby.Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol at this time.A cup of mild coffee a day is fine, but needless to say, a cup of juice is even better. The choice is yours. A short walk everyday will suffice. You don't need to gear up for the marathon, but keeping your leg muscles strong will help in the delivery process. Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise programme.Spend a lot of time with your husband, for it's your child and you will certainly have plenty of things to discuss. After all, these are special moments in one's life!Limit or eliminate your caffeine intake from coffee, tea, sodas, medications, and chocolate.

refer below sites for more info: http://www.babycenter.in/pregnancy/… http://www.pregnancy-calendars.org/… http://living.oneindia.in/health/pr… http://www.officialdatingresource.c…

http://www.pregnancy-info.net/…

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Response from: Sri Sadagopan,   
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Hi Meena,

First of congrats on your pregnancy! Each and every stage is very important for a women .u r in the 6th week of pregnancy where ur baby heart begins to beat and umbilical cord begins to develop. The best way is to think positive. * get a full check up with ur Doctor *avoid stress *avoid taking contraceptions or using it *now the high time for nausea .Be careful about your food.takelots of fiber such as dhaliya,dhoodhi,berries,youghurt,n lots of pro tine rich food such as eggs,dals, sprouts. *If u vomit try to have food after 15 mins.. try taking banana , potato(baked) *don't do any strenuous jobs like bending ,exercise, u can also avoid walking * listen to good music .. keep ur mind free(which is tough ) but have to for ur babys welfare * atlast do listen to ur body .. do what it says .. all the best for ur pregnancy ..njoy motherhood..god bless u and ur child.. i will pray for u

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Response from: Arun Annamalai,   
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Hi, Congratulations! You're pregnant! The first trimester actually begins as your begin your last period prior to becoming pregnant. The most important period of your life. Pregnancy is counted in weeks, lasting 40 weeks (on average) from the first day of your last period. So you are actually only preparing for pregnancy during those first two weeks, until ovulation. For two more weeks many women do not know that they are pregnant, even though they may be hoping that they conceived this month.

About the time your next period is due is when pregnancy tests begin to pick up the first traces of hCG in your urine or blood. A positive test can send you through a whirlwind of emotions, both positive and negative, no matter how long you've planned for pregnancy or if it's a pleasant surprise.

Hopefully, you've already been taking your prenatal vitamins, if not now is a great time to start. Believe it or not all of your baby's organs are made suring the first trimester, which is why it is the most sensitive time period as far as exposure to drugs and chemicals.

It's actually a misnomer. Morning sickness can strike at anytime of the day or night, sometimes all day and all night. I recently read a book from the early 1990s that said morning sickness was now a thing of the past. I bet you'd have trouble explaining that to those of us who routinely wind up hanging our heads over the toilet.

In any case about 50% of all pregnant women will experience some form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Trying to eat a healthy diet can become very difficult when you've also got to deal with problems like food aversions, a sensitive sniffer, and a growling, churning stomach. Here are some ideas to help you get along your days and nights, and hopefully feel a little bit better.

Eat something high in protein before going to bed. Helps your blood sugar stay more level. Two crackers before your head leaves the pillow is old but wise advice. Have sips of ice water as the urge to purge strikes.

Many women say that this helps them keep meals down as well. Flat Sprite® is supposedly great at keeping the stomach from churning. Avoid foods and smells that seem to trigger nausea. Sometimes this will be nearly every food or every smell. Ginger, teas, cookies, even the spice can be helpful in preventing nausea. Acupressure bands can be worn like bracelets and can curb nausea while you wear them. But be forewarned as one mom says, stand next to a bucket when you take them off! Smaller frequent meals can also help keep an ailing belly at bay. Peppermint, either smelling it in aromatherapy form or sipping the tea can help curb nausea. It's also known to help with sagging energy levels. Try peanut butter or other protein snack before rising from your bed. A teaspoon of cider vinegar in a cup of warm water has been said to be effective. Take a deep breath. It might be mind over matter sometimes. Comfort foods! Eat what you can, if it stays down it is probably a good thing. Slowly add more foods to your diet as possible. Sleep to avoid nausea. Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it. One mom swears by cold veggies soaking in water to help relieve the churning feeling. When possible avoid hunger, it can also make your stomach upset. Remember that not all of these will work for everyone, try some and find out which work for you.

Remember, it can take up to a year to become pregnant. If you have been actively trying for a year or more than six months if you are over 35, see your practitioner. Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects. Announce your pregnancy when you are ready. Talk to your parents, what do you want to take from their experiences? How do you want to be different? Rest when you can. Nap! Start a journal. Use non-medicinal remedies for problems like nausea, heartburn, and constipation. Drink six - eight eight ounce glasses of water a day. Read yet another book! Join a prenatal yoga or exercise class. Keep your prenatal appointments with your midwife or doctor. This will help ensure that if you have any problems that they are caught early and kept to a minimum. Take an early pregnancy class. Remember to add 300 - 500 calories a day while pregnant. Tour your selection of birth facilities before making a choice if you are not having a home birth. Review the signs of premature labor and warnings signs for when to call your practitioner. Talk to local doulas and start interviewing. Doulas can help you have a shorter, safer and more satisfying birth. Keep a food diary to ensure that you are keeping up with your daily requirements. If you are decorating your house or a nursery remember to avoid fumes often associated with paint and wall paper. Perhaps have friends do the heavy work while you help make snacks for them. Keep the windows open! Baby sit a friend's baby and learn a bit about caring for a newborn. Take a childbirth class. Sign up early to ensure you get the class and dates that you want. Swimming is great in late pregnancy. It can help relieve a lot of aches and pains and makes you feel weightless. Take a breastfeeding class to help prepare you for the realities of breastfeeding. Stretch before bed to help prevent leg cramps. Continue to exercise, even if you have to slow down. This will help you recover more quickly. Write a birth plan. Something to help you clarify what you want or need for your birth experience. Share this with your practitioners and those you have invited to your birth. Have film and cameras ready! Practice relaxation whenever you can. Try for at least once a day. Do pelvic tilts to help with late pregnancy back pain. It will help relieve your pain and even encourage the baby to assume a good birth position. Pack your bags if you are going to a birth center or hospital. Don't forget your insurance cards, pre-registration forms, camera, birth plan, etc. Review the signs of labor and warning signs. Take a picture of yourself before the baby comes! Read birth stories. Kiss the baby!

All the best!!

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Response from: sujatha murthi,   
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Hai Meena, Firstly I congratule for your First PREGNANCY. It is a very very Nice and also a thrilling experience in every womens life.

My Tips:

In this phase you should take special care for you and your baby. Special care in sense, Eating very healthy foods like more vegetables, fruits, green leaves. Take lot of milk products.Avoid Coffee, Tea,soft drinks. Avoid spicy foods Too.

Consult your Doctor regularly, if you have even an silly doubts or question about you health, don't hesitate to ask. Without doctors knowledge don't take any medicines.

In this period Speak good things, read good books, listen to the good melodious music. Walking is the best exercise in morning/evening.

ALWAYS BE HAPPY.

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Response from: Latha Jayaprakash,   
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Dear Meena, Taking care of yourself during your pregnancy is of utmost importance. Your gynaecologist will give you general guidelines, but don't expect to be spoonfed. Here's what you need to know and do on your own. Diet Read up on what constitutes a good diet or speak with a nutritionist. Your doctor may not tell you to avoid eating outside, but if you have a sensitive stomach, use your own common sense and stay away from uncooked foods, salads, and avoid eating at places where the food is suspect. Don't eat outdoors in the summer when food gets spoiled easily. Be particular about eating a well-balanced meal and don't fill yourself up with empty calories. Sleep How should you sleep at night? Sleeping on your back when pregnant may harm your back, as the added weight sits straight on your spinal cord. It's best if you sleep on your side, preferably on your left side. This position also ensures optimal oxygen flow to your baby. You can see more in the following sites http://www.indiaparenting.com/pregn… http://www.doctorndtv.com/pregnancy… http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?… http://living.oneindia.in/health/pr…

All the best dear Meena, Have a happy delivery and a safe pregnancy.

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Response from: piya kumar,   
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Hello,

Congrats for your pregnancy !!! there are certain DOs and DONTs for the birth of a healthy child

Do:

Take a prenatal vitamin or folic acid supplement. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly, with your health care provider's OK. Eat healthfully. Manage stress and any chronic health conditions. See your health care provider for regular prenatal checkups. Talk to your health care provider about any medications you're taking.

Don't:

Smoke. Drink alcohol. Use recreational drugs.

Your baby is growing and changing every day. To give your baby the best start, take good care of yourself.

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Hi Meena, congratulations on your pregnancy! Have you gone for a scan yet? if you have and the doctor says everything is going well, then do not worry.Continue going for your regular checkups.The first few months are are a little overwhealming, but dont't worry just take it day by day.Make sure you take care of yourself.Dont overwork yourself, eat well and rest.Take supplements if your doctor advices you to, such as folic acid.It is okay to exercise lightly as it's good for you, but if the pregnancy makes you feel tired and sick then rest.Listen to your body, if you feel anything strange don't hesitate to go to the doctor.All the best, God bless.

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Response from: uma Venkatesh,   
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Dear Meena You need to have plenty of fruits and vegetables and you should be mentally very calm and happy. Do not get tensed for anything. Do not run or do any workouts. If you want you can go for a walk slowly.Do not eat papayas, thill, and certain things which will create heat in the body.So ddon't worry and good luck.

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