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Do's & Don'ts of Pregnancy

 

Giving birth to a child is one of the greatest joys in a woman's life but almost every prospective mother experiences apprehension and doubt when faced with pregnancy, especially, the first time. The following guidelines have been designed to alleviate some of these major fears and doubts. While using these guidelines, it is always advisable to first consult your gynaecologist as he or she knows what is best for you and your baby.

 
Do's

DIET
Should preferably be light and nutritious. A mixed diet consisting of milk, cheese, eggs, butter, vegetables with cereals and bread supplemented by oranges, grapes and tomatoes is found sufficient to meet the daily requirements. Meal and liver can be added to those accustomed to a non-veg. diet. The quantity of fluids and common salt should be strictly controlled. The old belief that a pregnant woman should eat for two has no basis whatsoever.

EXERCISE
Practically all ordinary household duties can be carried out throughout the term. A daily walk in the open air, right through the pregnancy is of great value.

CLOTHING
Should be comfortably loose. All undergarments should be preferably made of cotton. Synthetic materials should be avoided.

CARE OF BREASTS
In the later weeks of pregnancy the nipples should be washed daily with soap and water and drawn out. Any cracks should be attended using a proper emollient - Masse Breast Cream is eminently suitable.

BOWELS
Consult your doctor if your bowel movement is not regular. Bowels should be kept regular. Take plenty of fluids with a diet containing leafy vegetables.

BATH
A daily bath, preferably a warm one is advisable. Vaginal douching is not permitted.

GENERAL
Please consult your Gynaec immediately should the following symptoms occur:

  1. Bleeding from whatever cause
  2. Continuous headache
  3. Dimness of vision
  4. Cramps in the legs or undue swelling in lower extremities
  5. Painful contractions of the uterus rupture of the bag of membranes (leaking)

Giving birth to a child is one of the greatest joys in a woman's life but almost every prospective mother experiences apprehension and doubt when faced with pregnancy, especially, the first time. The following guidelines have been designed to alleviate some of these major fears and doubts. While using these guidelines, it is always advisable to first consult your gynaecologist as he or she knows what is best for you and your baby.

 
Don'ts

EXERCISE
Violent exercise such as riding, skating, swimming, cycling and any form of exercise which is unduly tiring should be completely avoided.
It is not advisable to undertake long automobile journeys especially on bad roads.

CLOTHING
Tight and close fitting garments as well as high heeled shoes are to be avoided.

BATH
Tub baths should be avoided in view of the risk of vaginal infections.

MEDICATION
It is very important that no medication or X-Ray test is undertaken without prior approval of your gynaecologist.

SEXUAL
Where repeated abortions of premature deliveries have occured or in case of uterine bleeding during pregnancy it is better to avoid all marital relations (sex & intercourse) during pregnancy.

ALCOHOL & SMOKING
Both alcohol and smoking are best avoided during pregnancy.

 
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