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Guidelines for an Expectant Mother

Carrying a baby can be a stressful process, and for couples who are expecting their first child, there are many factors to consider such as: are you getting enough nutrients for both the fetus and yourself, what are the do’s and don’ts during pregnancy, the cost of medical care during the entire period, etc.

The missed period

You have just realised that your period is not coming in like it usually does, and you suspect that you might be pregnant. In some cases, a missed period could mean that your body is affected by changes such as anxiety issues, weight gain, extreme stress and even heavy exercise. To determine whether you are pregnant, you may undergo a urine test one to two weeks after your missed period. If the urine test shows a negative result and you are doubtful of that, a blood test would be more accurate to determine if you are pregnant.

Researching for information

To read more about pregnancy guides, the Internet has a vast amount of information to offer. Other expecting females or those who have given birth previously, may offer real-life advice that could help you greatly or even alleviate your fears and misconceptions about pregnancy. These should be taken with a pinch of salt, and always discuss with your doctor about what is safe to do and consume.

The Don’ts of pregnancy

To ensure the best for your unborn baby, stay clear of certain foods like raw produce (eggs, meat, fish, sprouts), processed meat and junk food, high-mercury fish like shark, swordfish, albacore tuna. Stay clear of liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, unpasteurised juice and milk. Avoid drugs and smoking at all costs and try not to elevate your stress levels by pressuring yourself. Refrain from self-medicating and seek the advice of a doctor on which medication you are allowed to consume.

Having the right nutrition

During pregnancy, the fetus gets its nutrition from whatever food or vitamins the mother consumes. It is therefore important to note the nutritional aspect of each food like: fish liver oil for the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, berries for vitamin C, eggs for the choline, sweet potatoes for vitamin A, etc. It is essential that you research on the certain groups of food that will provide the important nutrition to allow your fetus to develop properly.

Financial planning

The initial reaction when most couples find out that they are expecting a child would be happiness. For some of them, once the euphoria has worn off, reality starts to kick in and they begin to worry about the medical costs associated with it. The costs of blood tests, medications, vitamins, consultation fees and even the delivery process itself will take a toll on a couple’s finance if they are not financially prepared for it. For couples who want to receive the much needed medical care and wish to minimise the cost of it, they may turn to government-aided hospitals (or clinics), instead of private hospitals.

Going through the process of pregnancy can be an exciting and daunting for a new mother-to-be, and support should always be provided in order to allow her to have a stress-free pregnancy. If you are consuming any external supplements or food produce, always follow the advice of the doctor as you may have an allergic reaction to a certain product that you are unaware of.

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