In this section we answer some common questions from readers about conception, pregnancy and raising happy and healthy babies. Skim through.
Why should the intake of sea food be limited during pregnancy?
Eating fish is actually very beneficial during pregnancy as it promotes healthy birth weight. It contains omega 3 fatty acids and proteins. However, the intake should be limited as certain varieties of fish are more likely to be contaminated with bacteria and heavy metals (mercury and lead). When consumed in large amounts they may pass on to the placenta causing damage to the growing fetus. Varieties you should avoid are Tuna, King Mackerel, Swordfish, Shark and Shell fish.
Can I go vegan for my pregnancy diet?
Yes, you can, provided you ensure that you meet most of your nutritional needs. When opting for a vegetarian diet, include fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts in the right proportions. Eat foods rich in iron, calcium folic acid and vitamin B-12. Diary products and eggs will fulfill the body’s requirement for protein.
Is it safe to have sex when pregnant?
Yes and No. Sex during pregnancy is not harmful to the mother and baby. However, you may have to abstain from sexual intercourse if the doctor recommends it. He may do as a preventive measure against complications that he anticipates or is aware of. Besides, sex during pregnancy also involves a question of the comfort level of both the partners.
During which trimester is it safe to travel?
Travel is recommended during the second trimester of pregnancy. However, you can also travel up to 6 weeks before your due date. Some women, especially those with a history of miscarriages, high blood pressure, Blood clots and other prenatal complications may be advised not to fly and they should not.
Will drinking alcohol harm my baby?
Yes. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy can be dangerous to the developing fetus. It causes severe mental and physical defects in the baby. Though some recommend limiting the intake of alcohol, we would advise you not to drink alcohol at all during pregnancy.
I have a bad tooth. Should I see a dentist or wait until after my pregnancy?
Good oral health is of utmost importance to the mother and the unborn baby. In case you suffer from sore and bleeding gums, gum infections or a bad tooth, you should visit your dentist at the earliest as the bacteria may enter the uterus via the bloodstream. Inform him about your pregnancy and the medicines you are currently using. Resolving dental issues will reduce the risk of complications such as low birth weight, premature labor and miscarriage.
A family member advised that I avoid the job of cleaning my cat’s litter box. Is it true or only a myth?
It is true. You can play around with your pet cat, but steer aware from your kitty’s litter box. Toxoplasmosis is an infection that spreads through kitty litter and has a damaging impact on the fetus. It retards growth, causes eye and brain damage and could also result in premature birth.
Is it safe to smoke when pregnant?
No. When a mother smokes, it is as good as making your baby smoke too. The growing fetus is exposed to toxic substances such as carbon monoxide and nicotine which may cause still birth, premature delivery, low birth weight and other respiratory problems. You should also try to maintain distance from those who smoke.
Can you use hair dyes during pregnant?
This is a debatable issue. Some doctors advice against the use of hair dyes during pregnancy while some give a go ahead. You should speak to your doctor about the same.
How much of caffeine is considered safe?
You should limit your intake of caffeine to 2-3 cups a day. More than this amount is considered unsafe and could increase the risk of miscarriages.
Which fitness activities are approved during pregnancy?
Low impact exercises are the best to prepare the body for labor and delivery. Swimming (in moderation), walking and yoga are the best fitness activities to stay active during pregnancy. Avoid high impact exercises as they exert too much pressure on the bones. They may also cause premature labor and bleeding.