This is guest post by my friend Aliya from MomsReview.
A child is the dream of every couple. His smile is so innocent, no feelings of jealousy or animosity. A child as transparent as a glass. I came to know a month ago that I am pregnant. I was excited and nervous at the same time. Excited for my baby to come and nervous because I thought “am I capable to handle a baby”?. Or will I be able to give him/her my 100%?…
Still I am happy. Yes it takes time to adjust to new feelings and new changes because now you have to take care of yourself and a life that growing inside you.
Planned and Unplanned Pregnancy
Pregnancy may be planned or unplanned. Planned is when you and your partner is completely ready to face the challenge. And you both are mentally and physically prepared to have a baby. Unplanned is when you conceive just by chance. Still, terminating your first pregnancy is not recommended. Once you come to know that you are pregnant, accept it as a gift. Also start caring for yourself at each and every stage now, as you are now going to bring up a new life within you.
Before Deciding for a Baby
This is for all women. Being a mother is a big decision, that brings a lot of changes emotionally as well as physically in a lady. If you plan to have a baby, keep in mind that it is only you who will have to cope with all emotional changes in your life. Nobody else will be feeling like you feel. I am sharing my experience here. Do not expect anything from anyone. This will only increase your troubles.
Home Testing Kit
When your periods get delayed, perform a home test for pregnancy first and then confirm it with the help of a doctor. Pregnancy is confirmed by a simple test that measures the level of the pregnancy hormone, HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), that are present in your urine. You can carry out a home test yourself using one of the pregnancy kits available from the pharmacist. If the result is positive, you must make an appointment to see your doctor so that he or she can make arrangements for your ante-natal care and birth.
Pregnancy is divided in trimesters that are the following:
1st trimester : 1st trimester consists of first three months.
2nd trimester: 2nd trimester consists of fourth, fifth and sixth month.
3rd trimester: 3rd trimester is froam seventh till the time of delivery.
Precautions During First Trimester
Smoking and alcohol should be stopped during the first trimester of pregnancy. Although both these habits are very harmful for the child. So these should not be taken during pregnancy. A glass of wine may be taken once in a month and that too after third month of your pregnancy.
You should take plenty of water, fresh fruit juices and vegetables that are high in water content to stay hydrated. During the first trimester of pregnancy the body goes into a sudden changes, also its requirements increase because there is a life inside it. During first trimester, dehydration can be a cause of miscarriage.
The Most Crucial Months
The most crucial month during pregnancy are the first three months as all the functions of the fetus have begun to form such as major organs and nervous system, heartbeat, fingers, arms, legs, toes, hair and buds for future teeth. So it is advised by doctors to take extra care of yourself during these early months. If you feel sleepy, then sleep as much as you want to. Do not cut off on your diet as you will be needing extra nutrients for the baby to grow inside your womb.
During these early months, doctors advise folic acid till the third month which helps prevent the disease “spina bifida” in the your growing fetus. Spina bifida is the neural tube defect that is caused by the deficiency of folic acid and sometimes due to fever in early months of pregnancy. But yes, mild fever is common during pregnancy. But fever above 103 degree celcius can be harmful during the early months.
Best positions to sleep during pregnancy
Best positing to sleep during pregnancy is sleeping on your sides. Sleeping towards your left side is the best position as it improves the blood flow and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps kidneys in efficiently eliminating waste products from your body which reduces swelling in ankles, feet and hands. Sleeping on your back and your tummy is a big “NO” for pregnant women, not because your baby is at risk. Baby is really very safe inside your womb. But, if you are sleeping on your back, the entire weight of the pregnant uterus lies on the spines, back muscles, intestines and major blood vessels. This leads to backaches and muscles pain. You can also use pregnancy pillow to reduce discomfort while sleeping.
Early symptoms varies with different women. Every woman has her own experience during pregnancy.. Some common early symptoms are the following:
- You feel very tired. During this time, try to get as mush rest as possible.
- You may feel tender breasts, your nipples will become darker and more prominent. You should wear a good sports bra from now until your baby is born.
- Your veins will be more noticeable.
- You may experience a strange metallic taste in your mouth.
- A feeling of nausea, or even actual physical sickness in the morning or at any time during the day. It is often worse when your stomach is empty.
- Try eating six small high-carbohydrate meals, during the day such as pasta, potato and bread. Avoid rich or fatty foods..
- You may need to urinate frequently.
Down’s syndrome is also known as TRISOMY 21. It is a chromosomal condition in which extra genetic material causes delays in the a way a child develops both mentally and physically. It is caused by all or a part of an extra 21st chromosome. At the time of conception the baby inherits genetic information from its parents in the form of 46 chromosomes i.e. 23 from mother and 23 from father. In case of Down syndrome, a child gets an extra chromosome 21 that makes a total of 47 chromosomes instead of 46.
The characteristics and symptoms of Down Syndrome are the following:
1. A flattened face and nose.
2. A short neck.
3. A small mouth sometimes with a large tongue.
4. Small ears.
5. Upward slanting eyes that may have small skin folds at the inner corner.
6. White spots may be present on Iris.
7. The hands are short and broad with short fingers, and with a single crease in the palm.
8. Poor muscle tone and loose ligaments.
9. Development and growth is usually delayed and often average height and developmental milestones are not reached.
The characteristics of down’s syndrome varies from child to child. Not all children have same or all the symptoms.