As one of the leading pregnancy hospitals in the country, we at Apollo Cradle are well versed with the complexities of pregnancy and childbirth. With a holistic approach to this process, we believe that is just as important to take care of the mother, as it is to take care of her child.
Caring for your baby starts with caring for yourself
In the modern world of responsibility and never-ending decisions, it is easy to find yourself overwhelmed. As your health is as important for your child, as it is for you, it is essential that you:
- Involve your spouse in the process – By sharing the responsibilities of pregnancy care with your spouse, you will not only be able to find time for yourself but also receive his support & encouragement.
- Follow a health routineis suggested by your doctor.
- Go in for regular health check-ups: the advice of a medical expert is essential during your pregnancy, to ensure that you get the right information at the right time, and avoid any unnecessary complications.
Pregnancy Dietary Programme:
The right diet before, during and after pregnancy is essential for you and your child. At Apollo Cradle, we offer expecting mothers dietary advice that will aid you in the process of conception and delivery. Our doctors are dedicated to your well-being and ensuring that a well-balanced nutrition plan is created and suggested that is tailored to your needs. Please schedule a health check to get expert advice.
Checklist of Do’s & Don’ts for expecting mothers:
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Both, being underweight and overweight, can lead to complications during pregnancy.
- Ensure that your diet is rich in Folic Acid, a B Vitamin that aids in preventing major birth defects. Make sure to take 400 micrograms every day, before and during pregnancy.
- You may be prescribed supplemental iron if your haemoglobin levels are low.
- Adequate protein in your diet is essential, as it helps with your baby’s growth
- A sufficient amount of calcium in your diet is also important, and supplements of the same may be prescribed.
- Ensuring that you get the right vaccinations can go a long way in ensuring the health of you and your child.
- Ensure that, if you are suffering from diabetes, it is regularly checked and kept under control. A common medical condition during pregnancy, diabetes can lead to birth defects, and can also affect your health during pregnancy. The chances of eye and kidney complications are higher during pregnancy. Your HbA1C levels is a good indication of the degree of control and should be < 6.5 % before you conceive.
- During pregnancy, it is important to get regular blood pressure checkups. Expecting mothers with a condition of high blood pressure run the risk of complications. Thus, making it advisable to check with your doctor.
- Speak with your doctor about any medication that you may be taking, including herbal or dietary supplements, as these can have an adverse effect on your child.
- Smoking has been found to be the single most preventable cause of growth retardation in the fetus and complications in the mother’s health. Thus, it is essential for expecting mothers to quit smoking, ideally before you become pregnant, to minimise the damage.
- Avoid the consumption of alcohol at all times during pregnancy. There is no safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy.
- Take measures to prevent infections, especially mosquito-borne infections
Additional Points To Remember:
- Learn as much as you can about labour, the different stages involved and what to expect, when you go for your antenatal classes.
- The growth and development of your baby occur throughout pregnancy, up until the final weeks. Babies born three or more weeks before their due date are vulnerable and need special monitoring and care to prevent complications developing. Ensure that you read up as much as you can about the warning signs of a premature birth and how best it can be avoided.
- Ensure that you immediately get in touch with your doctor if you experience severe abdominal pain, bleeding or water loss from the vagina, severe headache, visual disturbance, dizziness or vomiting, sudden swelling of the hands, feet or face, or too rapid or too little weight gain.
- Take the advice of your doctor before planning a trip by air. During pregnancy, there are periods when it may not be advisable to travel.
- It is possible to balance having a baby with your career:
- 1.Ask for pregnancy benefits from your company, but ensure that your goal is to have a healthy and happy life by balancing and prioritising.
- 2.Ask for help when you need it, and do not force yourself to suffer in silence. Your support system can be immensely helpful during this period.
- 3.Avoid comparisons with other working mothers. Focus on your priorities and develop a lifestyle that best serves you, with the support of your spouse, doctor & organisation.
Your Family History:
Genetic factors can play a big part in your pregnancy care. It is essential to understand these factors, as well as any genetic disorders that may exist in your family or the family of your spouse, to best prevent the possibility of birth defects or developmental disabilities. Assess and evaluate the need for genetic testing in case you have concerns about passing on a disorder to your child. Also, it would help to look at your family’s medical history to help identify such diseases that may affect the health of your baby.
Breastfeeding is medically proven to be immensely helpful for the health of your baby and comes with a variety of benefits for both you and your child. It is advisable to consult a doctor and a Lactation Consultant to learn about the process and also prepare yourself for successful breastfeeding.