- Put a little petroleum jelly like Vaseline under your nose if you feel dryness and congestion.
- Eat foods that are high in fibre, such as wholemeal bread, fruit and veg, beans and dhal.
- Drink lots of water and eating these foods can ease constipation.
- Be sure to get lots of Calcium from low fat dairy foods
- Get a gentle back massage to ease low back pain.
- Brush your teeth twice a day to maintain oral hygiene.
Your to do list
- Schedule an antenatal check-up, blood and urine tests and ultrasound.
- Explore local options for giving birth including maternity centres and hospitals. Visit these centres to objectively identify your preference.
- Plan for baby shower
- Ask close and trusted friends to share their birthing experiences
Questions you may have
“I had a blood test to find out my blood type and find out if my Iron levels were low. I was also tested for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis. I also had a urine test to check levels of protein and find out if I am at risk for pre-eclampsia, which can be a dangerous condition.”
Blood tests are offered as a part of routine antenatal screening. These should be carried out as early as possible in pregnancy and is recommended for every pregnancy.
Tests carried out for screening can help you make choices about further tests and care or treatment during your pregnancy or after your baby's born.
“My doctor advised me that C-sections are major operative procedures and carry risks of anaesthesia. She said only if there are risks to me or my child because vaginal birth is too risky that it will be carried out as a safer option. I suggest you ask your doctor find out more about C-sections – why, how and when it is carried out.”
If for any reason you can't deliver vaginally, C-section allows the fetus to be delivered surgically, that is, through an operation. Cesarian's are planned or sometimes have to be carried out as an emergency procedure when there are problems in labour.
There are some good resources available to learn about c-section.
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