NutriConnect – Self Care during Pregnancy

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Hygiene During Pregnancy

  • Trim nails regularly as they grow faster

  • Maintain oral & dental health

  •  Keep genital area clean

  • Bathe regularly – prevents infection

  •  Do not wear tight / uncomfortable clothes

  • Breast care – wear well-fitting bra

Sex During Pregnancy

  • Safe - Depending on your health, speak to your doctor

  • Sexual positions should be comfortable
  • Avoid sex if you have
    • Unexplained bleeding
    • Low lying placenta
    • History of miscarriage/preterm labour
    • Pregnant with twins or triplets

Call your doctor if you have - pain, bleeding, fluid or discharge, discomfort, contractions - during or after sex

Work & Pregnancy

  •  Avoid triggers causing morning sickness

  • Drink lots of fluids

  •  Moderate exercise

  • Posture at work

  • Plan timely departure

  • Get enough sleep

  • Check company policy for Maternity leave

  • Plan toilet breaks to avoid urgency

  •  Take frequent breaks

  • Stretch arms, neck, shoulders, legs often

  • Don't skip meals

  • Avoid taking stress

  • Avoid high heels

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights

Travel During Pregnancy

  • Avoid long journeys

  • Avoid crowded transport

  •  Safest in 2nd trimester

  •  Mostly safe, even near delivery

  • Have a prenatal check-up before travel

May not be recommended for women with pregnancy complications

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

  • Reasons of weight gain - Larger uterus & breasts, placenta, increased blood & fluid volume, amniotic fluid, fat stores, baby
  • You will need to gain more weight if you're carrying more than 1 baby, e.g. twins

  • Average weight gain depends on pre-pregnancy status - underweight, normal, overweight, obese - can range from 5-20 kg

  • Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can be harmful to you and your baby

  • Regular physical activity can help reduce risk of pregnancy complications and ease pregnancy discomforts.

  • Ask your health care provider whether exercise during pregnancy is safe for you

References

1. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/pregnancy-weight-gain.htm

2. mayoclinic.org

3. https://www.marchofdimes.org/pregnancy/pregnancy.aspx

4. https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/travel-during-pregnancy

5. www.webmd.com

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