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National Safe Motherhood Day
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Safe Motherhood

Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world and most often in a developing country, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.India’s maternal mortality ratio is 301 i.e. one woman dies every seven minutes.Safe motherhood means ensuring that all women receive the care they need to be safe and healthy throughout pregnancy and childbirth.You are not alone in this.

Am I pregnant?

This is a common question for  those who are trying to conceive and for those

who are concerned about experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

You may be experiencing some symptoms and wonder if they could be signs of pregnancy. It

can be difficult to determine whether or not your symptoms are related to pregnancy.

These are:

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Constipation
  3. Diarrhea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Flatulence
  6. Bloated stomach
  7. Lose appetite
  8. Burping
  9. Heart Burn
  10. Acidic taste in mouth
  11. Squeamish
  12. Growling stomach

You are going to have a baby Congratulations!

Pregnancy is such a Beautiful and intricate part of life. Conception typically occurs about two weeks after your last period begins.

Estimate your Due Date: Add 7 days to the first day of your last period and subtract 3 months.  A normal pregnancy is considered 280 days or 40 weeks.

There are three development stages during nine long months that we label as trimesters. Each trimester comes with its own unique changes and symptoms. Let's See inside the First trimester of pregnancy that will open a new chapter in your life and will even change the way you perceive things, especially if it is your First child.

Baby's progress in the First 3 months:-

4 Weeks:

Baby's Brain and spinal cord have begun to form. Also the Heart, arms and leg buds appear. The baby is now an embryo and one - twenty-fifth inches long.

8 Weeks:

All major organs and external body structures have begun to form. Baby’s Heart beats with regular rhythm. The eyes have moved forward on the face and eyelids have form.

12 Weeks:

The nerve and muscle work together  and baby can make a fist. The external  sex organs show if the baby is a Boy/Girl. Head Growth has slowed and baby is much longer at about 3 inches long.

Changes to your Body:-

  1. A Missed period.
  2. Implantation Bleeding  or Cramping
  3. White vaginal secretion
  4. Frequent urination
  5. Morning sickness
  6. Dizziness
  7. Nausea, vomiting
  8. Food aversions or craving
  9. increased sensitivity to smell
  10. Tender Swollen breasts
  11. Darkening of your Areolas
  12. fatigue and mood changes
  13. Heartburn or constipatio

Warning symptoms to pay attention:

  1. A constant thirst for water that can’t be sated.
  2. Abdominal pain that is unbearable.
  3. Pain while urinating.
  4. Heavy bleeding in the vagina.
  5. Problem with your vision or dizziness.
  6. Fever above 101f with chills and muscle aches.

5 Important Food You Should Work Into your Diet:-

  1. Dark Leafy Greens: Loaded with vitamins and nutrients  and good for the Health of mother  and baby.
  2. Greek Yogurt: Great Source of Protein and Calcium.
  3. Salmon: Low saturated fat and best source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  4. Eggs: good source of protein and a rich source of choline, a vitamin instrumental for the baby's Brain growth.
  5. Water: Facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients into the cells and transport vitamins and minerals to the blood cells and to your baby.

Care Schedule:

Prior to pregnancy or as soon as you find out:

  1. Find an Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  2. Start a healthy eating plan with prenatal vitamins
  3. Establish the due date with certainty

Weeks 4-8:

  1. Have a blood test to determine if you are cystic fibrosis carrier
  2. Have first pernatal checkup (8-11 weeks)

Weeks 9-13

  1. Set an Obstetrics and Gynaecologyappointment to obtain fetal heart tones
  2. Get Nuchal Translucency screening test (NTS) for Down Syndrome and other chromsone abnormalities.
  3. Based on results of the NTS, decide whether to do a CVS diagnostic test

Highlight : Pregnant women need to eat no more than 300 additional calories per day.  

So, eat right and take extra care of yourself in the first trimester in order to avoid any complication in coming trimesters of pregnancy. Next, we will discuss all about the second trimester. So till then, have a happy and safe motherhood.


National Safe Motherhood Day

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