- Avoid standing or sitting for long stretches to avoid varicose veins.
- Carry on eating high fibre foods to prevent constipation.
- Know what infections to avoid in pregnancy.
- Lear and know more about what happens during labour and birth. Learn what happens when you get to the hospital and how you need to be prepared.
- Talk, talk and talk to share your emotions – you will have a range of feelings and can get quite sad and emotional about loved ones, especially those who have passed away.
Ask your doctor
- I am very emotional most of the time. What should I do?
- Are my baby’s movements’ okay? What should I expect when I go to the hospital to deliver? Are there any injections I need to prevent getting infections in pregnancy?
- When I go to the bathroom it burns; I get lower-abdominal pain and dark foul-smelling urine. I don’t feel good. Please help.
Your to do list
- Find out what injections you need to prevent infections in pregnancy.
- Book an antenatal appointment with your doctor.
- Discuss and plan with your husband what happens and how to prepare for labour and birth.
- Speak to your mother and best friend to talk about how you feel and the emotions you are going through.
Questions you may have
“I was on an emotional rollercoaster! At times I felt excited. Other times I was nervous or both. I also felt sad thinking about my father who had passed away the previous year, especially knowing he would never get to meet my baby. I got advice to talk a lot. So, talk, talk, and talk. Talk to friends, family, your doctor, and discuss anything that's worrying you. That helped me a lot.”
“Chickenpox in pregnancy can be dangerous for both mother and baby. You should talk to your doctor if you never had chicken pox before. CMV is herpes like virus which is quite common especially in children and it can be dangerous for your baby. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water and not sharing food with children can help prevent CMV. There are a few other infections you can find out more about by asking your doctor.”