For first-time mommies, pregnancy, and post-partum can be a confusing period. The fact that doctors claim, ‘no two pregnancies are the same,’ makes it even difficult for expecting moms to analyze their situations and realize every phase that they go through is actually normal.
We did some research and asked a number of new moms through online forums to learn what are some of the most puzzling queries that they have during pregnancy or while parenting, and decided to answer some of those queries through our online platform.
Q1) I have been facing very bad nausea throughout my pregnancy. What can I do to relieve or prevent nausea completely?
Unfortunately, nausea for some women remains a constant battle throughout their pregnancy. However, here are some easy tips to help prevent nausea, and relieve discomfort.
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Don’t keep your stomach empty. Eat at least 5-6 healthy meals each day.
- Avoid fatty foods that are difficult to digest
Q2) What should and shouldn’t I eat while pregnant?
Pregnancy calls for eating for two. Therefore make a healthy meal plan for yourself and the baby, and make sure you take in enough nutrients that are sufficient for the baby and yourself. Make a point to include dairy products, eggs, leafy greens, fruits, vegetables and whole grains an essential part of your everyday meals.
However, steer clear from fatty foods, raw fish, fish with a lot of mercury levels, unpasteurized milk and soft cream, alcohol and caffeine.
Q3) How can I tell if my baby is getting enough breast milk since I cannot measure?
First reliable key to know if you are supplying enough breast milk to your tiny one, is through weight gain. If your baby is gaining on average of a 1kg until six months, that shows the baby is healthy and is receiving enough breast milk.
Another way to see if your baby is receiving a healthy amount of milk is through the number of diaper change. A well-fed baby should at least produce 2-3 diapers full of yellow, seedy stool every day.
Q4) How long can I wait until I can exercise after a C-section, and what kind of exercises can help me get my tummy back in shape?
Caesarean is a major operation, so don’t push yourself too soon to get yourself back in shape. However, you can start exercising six weeks after the operation.
Below are some effective exercises to help you get back in shape:
- Lie on your back and bend your knees
- Squeeze in your pelvic floor muscles and breathe out
- Do sit-ups
- Touch your toes while standing or sitting straight
Q5) My 3-month-old’s bowel movements vary each day. Should I be concerned?
A 3-month-old is likely to have a bowel movement every day, but the frequency can typically differ. Constipation is usually rare until babies start solid food. However, if you feel the baby is straining or cries when passing a stool, breastfeed more frequently, or if formula-feeding, give the baby two tablespoons of prune juice daily.