K for knowing more about Antenatal Care during Pregnancy – Part 2

Imbibe Yourself about Antenatal Care during Pregnancy

Are You Pregnant? Things you should know about Having a Baby through prenatal care (especially for first time pregnant woman)

” Yes, you’re Pregnant ” this good news brings excitement in your life. At the same Time makes you tense, worry, anxious, blah blah blah. In this Pregnancy series of Learn everything about Prenatal care, we will discuss every question that comes to your mind on becoming pregnant. Especially for that young woman who’s having a baby for the very first time. So if you have any questions about having a baby, don’t go anywhere, stick to our pregnancy series. Looking forward to your response. 

What role does diet play during pregnancy?

Diet plays an important role for both of you and your baby during pregnancy. Eating the right food rich in nutrients is important for your health.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

Apart from healthy diet and proper intake of vitamins, you must keep an eye your weight. Your ideal weight during pregnancy is determined on the basis of your present weight. 

Underweight woman – should gain as much as 18kg body weight. 

Normal weight woman – should gain 11-15kg body weight

Overweight woman – should gain as little as 5kg body weight

Are vitamins intake necessary during pregnancy, if yes What are they?

It’s recommended to intake Vitamin B commonly known as folic acid from the very first-day confirmation of your pregnancy. It’s should be continued throughout 9 months of pregnancy. Folic acid prevents major birth defects in the baby. Folic acid also subsides the effects of morning sickness.

Apart from this Iron intake is a must. As the pregnancy progress, the level of blood decreases in the body. Hence iron is needed to maintain the level of hemoglobin in the blood stream.

Multivitamin pills special made for a pregnant woman comes. Consultant your doctor about it at your prenatal visit. As Excess amounts of vitamins can be harmful to you. Your physician will decide the vitamin pills as per your need.

Should I be taking medications during pregnancy?

Woman are advised to take medicine during pregnancy by their physician for the health of their baby. 

If you’re taking any medicine by yourself like herbal medicine, vitamins etc. You must tell it to your physician.

You must also tell your physician about any previously prescribed medicines (for the cure of certain diseases like thyroid, sugar, tuberculosis etc) at your first prenatal visit. Be sure to talk to your consultant about it.

These are some questions about having a baby. Read More here

  • DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice.
  • Reference- D.C Dutta textbook of obstetrics.

24 Replies to “K for knowing more about Antenatal Care during Pregnancy – Part 2”

  1. Especially in India, the need to stress on iron deficiency during pregnancy is there. Have seen so many severe cases of anemia come to our table for caesarean sections and stressed out till the end.

    Maggie McAndrew and Kylee McGrane: Real Life Princesses of Compassion

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    2. Yupp. My bhabhi in Patna needed an emergency blood transfusion!

      1. Yes it’s happens commonly with every next Indian woman

  2. This series qualifies for a mandatory ebook for the pregnant women. Keep it up.

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  3. I am learning pregnancy is really complicated. You have to take care of so much stuff.

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  4. folic acid, vitamins, calcium, iron are musts during pregnancy – even if those iron tablets taste like blood!!!

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  5. Very important topic Dr.Bushra .Glad you are promoting healthy pregnancy

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  6. There’s so much information available now days for pregnant women – it’s so important to take advantage of all that you can learn in antenatal care to give your baby the best chance.
    Leanne | cresting the hill

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  7. Such great advice of mommies to be! It brings back memories from 48 years ago when hubby and I had our first child.

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  8. I agree with Roshan here. Not just in pregnancies, but anemia is something that exists in so many girls and we definitely need more awareness programs regarding it.

    1. Yes we need much awareness campaigns as many women dies due to deficiency of blood

  9. I’m not pregnant, but my youngest daughter just informed me that she is. This will be her second and her daughter is not too happy about this right now. I’m excited. This will be our 6th grandchild!

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Congrats and best wishes. Thanks ūüôā

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