Pregnancy is a beautiful gift from nature to women which provides the privilege of carrying little versions of themselves inside them for nine glorious months. Despite being such a wonderful time, a lot can go wrong. Therefore, it is absolutely important for mothers-to-be, whether or not it is their first time, to ensure that they seek appropriate pre-natal care. Routine check-ups with your OB/GYN are always a good way to go. Below are five questions you must ask your doctor to avoid complications with your pregnancy and birth.
1. What should I eat, and what should I avoid?
The phrase “eating for two” is often taken lightly but is one of the most important aspects of pregnancy. The developing baby depends entirely on the mother for nutrients and nourishment in terms of oxygen and water. This makes it very important to watch what you consume. The OB/GYN will advise you on food you can consume for your benefit and that of the baby as well as food and other substances to avoid for the baby’s sake.
2. What baby movements are normal?
When the baby is moving within the womb, it is a beautiful time of bonding with the mother. Movement is also a sign of life. Ask your doctor about what to expect and what to look out for as a sign there might be trouble.
3. Should I be worried about my blood pressure?
During pregnancy, the mother’s blood pressure increases significantly especially during the last two trimesters. This is absolutely normal but can be seriously problematic if the mother has a history of non-pregnancy related hypertension. The doctor will help you understand the safe pressure range and the levels at which you need to come back for help. They will also advise you on physical signs to look out for as indicators of elevated blood pressure including headaches and swelling.
4. How should I sleep?
Most people do not know this, but finding the right sleeping position during pregnancy is more important for the mother than it is for the baby. For the mother, the position matters as compressed blood vessels can deplete the fetus of vital oxygen and nutrients.
5. Can I take my medication?
Finally, if you have been diagnosed with some condition before or during the pregnancy, it is important to consult your OB/GYN on whether or not to continue with the prescribed medication. This is because some drugs may have serious negative consequences on the development of the baby. With continued use, certain medications can result in birth of newborns with congenital malformations. Your doctor will let you know whether you can continue taking the medication, lower the dose, substitute it, or completely cease the treatment until birth.