Maternity Care

ANTENATAL CARE

Antenatal care means how your health, and the health of your baby is monitored before your baby’s delivery.Once you realize or suspect your pregnancy, you should make an appointment with your Doctor to discuss your antenatal care.

A sample of your urine is tested to confirm your pregnancy. Though, you may not need another pregnancy test if you have a positive result from a home test.

PREGNANCY

“Pregnancy is a gift from God and is an unparalleled privilege, for in pregnancy we cooperate with Him in the creation of a new human life with a human soul that will live forever”

Congratulations mamma-to-be for being pregnant, you are now going to have the most joyous experience a woman can have. Also remember to take good prenatal care during this precious time to have a healthy baby. So brace yourself for the bundle of joy coming your way. For a start, the most important thing you should concentrate on eating right and being healthy.

INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF NINE MONTHS

During pregnancy, your body will undergo some amazing changes from one week to the next. Don’t stress or be over anxious; try to “go with the flow” and just look after yourself as best as you can. The average normal human pregnancy lasts for 283 days, or 40 weeks 3 days.


Conventionally it has been divided into 3 trimesters:
First Trimester (WEEK 0-13)

The first of the pregnancy stages, or the first trimester is very important to both you and the baby which is growing and developing inside you and will require many adjustments to your life style.

This is the phase your body is preparing itself for the next nine months. Lots of hormonal changes are taking place inside you. You may feel extremely tired the first 2 months of pregnancy. Don’t be shy about it and take every opportunity to rest.

Your baby will develop from just a few cells, the size of a pin head to about 7cm in this trimester. Most of the baby’s organs are well developed by the end of this trimester. It can move arms and legs independently and also its head from side to side.

Second Trimester (14-26)

By this time, most women are no longer suffering from sickness and overwhelming fatique brought on by the hormonal changes. This is the best stage at which you feel overall healthier and look good with definite change in body shape.

The major milestones in your baby’s development will be development of downy hair, called lanugo, during 14-15 to protect the skin, but will disappear few weeks before birth. From 16-18 weeks you will the feel first fluttery movements of your baby. Around 19 week, a greasy white substance called vernixcaseoa is produced. It is a covering that protects the delicate fetal skin from the amniotic fluid.

By the end of this trimester, baby weighs approx. 25 percent of its birth weight.

Third Trimester (27-40)

During this time you will continue to put on weight and will continue to do so until about your 36th or 37th week. The reason is that baby will also put on three quarters of its weight during this period.

Your belly may affect your balance, and lead you to have back aches. Swelling and shortness of breath are to be the common complaints as the pregnancy progresses full term. Adequate rest and easy exercises should be the important part of your pregnancy.

Your baby’s movements will be assuring factor of its well being. Each baby has different movement pattern; if you feel any change in frequency or intensity must bring it to the notice of your doctor. During 37-39 weeks, your baby’s nervous system is maturing, ready for birth. His lungs secrete a soapy fluid, which keeps them open, ready for breathing. The layer of fat under the skin is developing to maintain body temperature outside womb. By week 36, start getting organized and prepared for labor.

EATING RIGHT DURING PREGNANCY

Good nutrition during pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. You should consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you became pregnant.

EATING RIGHT DURING PREGNANCY

Good nutrition during pregnancy, and enough of it, is very important for your baby to grow and develop. You should consume about 300 more calories per day than you did before you became pregnant.

  • Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients;
    • Breads and grains 6-11 servings
    • Fruits 2-4 servings
    • Dairy products 4 servings
    • Protein Products 3 servings
    • Use fats and sweets in moderation
  • Choose foods high in fiber that are enriched such as wholegrain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Eat and drink at least four servings of dairy products and calcium-rich foods a day to help ensure that you are getting 1000-1300 mg of calcium in your daily diet during pregnancy.
  • Choose at least one good source of vitamin C every day, such as oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, honeydew, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green peppers, tomatoes, and mustard greens.
  • Choose at least one source of vitamin A every other day. Sources of vitamin A include carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, spinach, water squash, turnip greens, beet greens, apricots, and cantaloupe.
FOODS TO AVOID WHEN PREGNANT:
  • Coffee: Restrict your intake of coffee in the First Trimester of pregnancy. Coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it helps eliminate more fluids from the body. This can result in water, juice, and milk rather than caffeinated beverages.
  • Unwashed vegetables: Yes, vegetables are safe to eat, so you still need to eat them. However, it is essential to make sure they are washed to avoid potential exposure to toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasma may contaminate the soil where the vegetables were grown.
  • Unpasteurized Milk: Unpasteurized milk may contain bacteria called Listeria, which can cause miscarriage.
  • Medication: Strictly Avoidself Medication. Consult a Gynecologist before using any medication.
  • Artificial Sweetners: Avoid taking food which contains artificial sweetners like; soft drinks, desserts, curd, chewing gum and candy.

“At Firm Hospitals We conduct free antenatal program for all expectant mothers(including the exercises, diet and antenatal care) to help you have a healthy pregnancy.”

Firm Hospitals Labour room is furnished with world class multi-position birthing bed,with all latest gadgets for a safe and comfortable delivery. For those who don’t want to experience any pain, epidural analgesia is offered. Apart from all the ultra modern facilities, the regular antenatal check up includes, counseling the right diet and exercise, antenatal classes and postnatal classes which are being offered. At Firm Hospitals,the whole journey into motherhood is an experience, giving you the feel of home away from home.

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