Pregnancy will be counted in weeks instead of months. The date of pregnancy is from the first day of last menstrual period (LMP) to estimated date of delivery (EDD). This is 40 weeks but usually we allow the pregnancy to continue for 41 -42 weeks.
During pregnancy, the weight you gain is the results of the increase in your blood and fluid volume, the baby’s weight, other body changes and calories you take in. The weight gain is essentials in helping your unborn baby grow and in preparing you for the birth of baby and breastfeeding. Increase your calorie intake by about 300 calories a day to help with appropriate gain. These calories should come from nutrient rich food like: vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy. Women who are expecting twins should increase calories to 450. Remember that weight loss is never recommended during pregnancy.
Do’s During Pregnancy:
- Get plenty of rest
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat small frequent meals to help prevent nausea
- Take prenatal vitamins
- Try sleeping on your side to promote good circulation and avoid dizziness
- See your dentist regularly for cleanings
- Notify your physician immediately of any vaginal bleeding, cramping, rash or fever
- Avoid stress at all cost
- Drink milk
Dont’s During Pregnancy
- Do not eat raw fish, meat or eggs
- Caffeine maybe consume but limit to one cup a day
- Avoid herbal supplement
- Do not consume alcohol
- Avoid fish high on mercury
Other Important Facts
Sex: Its fine to have sex during pregnancy. Some people’s decrease their desire about sex but some continue their sex pattern. Stop having intercourse when vaginal bleeding occurs, leaking of amniotic fluids, or pre term labor contractions and call a Doctor immediately.
Travel: Normally travel is normal until 4 weeks before due date. Long jet air flights are dehydrating, so take along some bottle water. Get up and walk around every 1 to 2 hours and urinate often. If you are planning a trip to foreign country discuss immunization with your doctor.
Exercise: Exercise will help you feel your best during pregnancy and after your delivery. It can help you to lose weight after pregnancy. Drink enough fluids while exercising. Wear good support shoes, comfortable clothing, and support bra. Swimming, brisk walking, and prenatal exercise classes are good for pregnancy. If you feel tired and short of breath stop exercising.