Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Pregnancy – Top Tips on Prenatal Care

By Felix Lehmann

Pregnancy is a time when you need to take good care of  yourself. Research has proven beyond doubt that a woman who receives good care is more likely to have a healthy baby. As soon you get to learn that you are pregnant, it is important that you get in touch with an experienced doctor and get to learn about receiving prenatal care.

As part of the prenatal care, your doctor will ask you to undergo several types of tests. You will be for example, asked to undergo a pelvic exam. The doctor will also order urine tests, blood tests and other tests for determining the presence of any sexually transmitted diseases too, which will include a test for HIV too. It is important that you get to learn about every aspect of pregnancy from your doctor. For example, you must get to know about the various emotional and physical changes that a pregnant lady needs to expect. You must also learn how to find out possible symptoms. This is important because a lot of woman sometimes tend to panic without knowing the exact reason behind a symptom.

Pregnancy and good nutrition go hand in hand. You must make sure that your diet contains all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. You need to remember that you are actually feeding two people. It is therefore important that your diet is rich particularly with iron, calcium and folic acid content. These are the key ingredients which will help you deliver a healthy baby. Remember, with good nutrition , you can ensure the avoidance of birth defects and it therefore makes sense to keep a close watch on your diet.

It is important that you always be honest and get all your doubts clarified with your doctor, however embarassing they may seem. You must always think of your doctoras a well wisher who
is there to help you. Talking freely with your doctor and getting your doubts clarified will also help you to keep stress at bay. There are a few emotional and physical changes about which you need to learn from your doctor. For example, there would be a marked increase in your breast size. Similarly, there would be changes in your skin too. Your skin may actually appear brighter when you are pregnant. This is because the body produces more blood in a pregnant woman.

Pregnancy is also known to lead to frequent mood swings in women. There are times when you may feel depressed, alternating with periods when you may find yourself elated, for no reason
whatsoever. If you feel that you are experiecing symptoms of depression, you must get in touch with your doctor and get to discuss the problem with them. They can offer you suitable medication to deal with the situation. Similarly, they can help you deal with some physical discomfort factors such as leg swelling, back pain, sleeping problems , varicose veins and heart burn. Once you become consciously aware of all these symptoms, it will help you deal better with them and subsequently have a healthy baby.

About the Author: I am basically a graduate at the University of Hamburg and I work at



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