Body Changes in pregnancy
A woman’s body undergoes many changes during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Sometimes, early signs of pregnancy can be confusing. This is because many of the early physical signs of pregnancy (swollen tender breasts, feeling tired, cramping and/or pelvic pain, feeling bloated), can be similar to normal pre-menstrual signs. It can be even more confusing in the early days if there is an ‘implantation bleed’ and/or light bleeds or ‘spotting’ during the first few weeks. These are often mistaken for normal periods or abortion.
It is common to feel unsure about what is ‘normal’ during early pregnancy and anything that feels unfamiliar can often cause concern about your health or the babies. Some women also become concerned if they don’t experience any of the ‘typical’ pregnancy signs and symptoms like morning sickness and feeling overly tired. Not feeling these things can also be very normal. Every woman’s body will react differently to being pregnant.
Exercise during pregnancy
Being pregnant can be both mentally and physically demanding. Regular exercise can help cope with these demands. Exercise is also great for relieving stress.
Maintaining a healthy level of fitness is all part of staying well during pregnancy and will also help to keep control of your weight gain. It can also help improve your general mood and self-image, along with assisting in the prevention of some pregnancy conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. If you have difficulty sleeping at night, you may also find that a workout during the day helps you sleep better.
The benefits of exercising throughout your pregnancy will continue after your baby is born, making it easier for you to get back into shape.
The best types of exercise during pregnancy is as long as you don’t overdo it, walking, jogging is all considered good, safe forms of exercise. Yoga is also very good but from a trained person.
Diet during pregnancy
Eat vegetables every day; mix the colors – you get lots of vitamins that way.
Choose water as a drink.
Eat healthy food and vegetable and fruits as much as you can. It is the best way to increase the intake of minerals and vitamins. Take more water in the diet.
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
There are some foods not to eat during pregnancy as they can potentially cause problems during pregnancy and for the child:
Foods that may contain a bacteria called Listeria: soft cheeses, uncooked desi style meats, sushi, and unpasteurized milk and milk products.
Foods that are high in mercury: raw and predatory fish (shark, barramundi, swordfish) are high in mercury and should be avoided.
Salmon is a good alternative as it is relatively low in mercury.
Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided.
Trouble becoming pregnant
Infertility is the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse in a couple less than 30 yrs of age. If the couple is more than 35 yrs (female) then they should seek help after six months of unprotected intercourse.
Infertility is primary as well as secondary. In primary infertility, a couple has never conceived before but in a case of secondary infertility, the couple has conceived before but is unable to conceive now.
Couples have to understand that even if they are doing everything right to conceive a baby still they might not become pregnant. If you are not becoming pregnant, you are not alone in this , almost 1 out of every 6 couples experience this problem. There are many causes for it.