Pregnancy: Fact or Fiction?
Backaches, nausea, mood swings, food cravings, and sleepless nights. Pregnancy can cause all that and more. To make things worse, countless pieces of advice and words of wisdom relating to your pregnancy are being thrown at you from all directions – it’s difficult to find a trustworthy source.
To make it easier on you, here are three pregnancy do’s and don’ts that you should take note of, and a quiz to test your pregnancy knowledge!
1. Get Ample Sleep
Exhaustion and fatigue are common grievances among pregnant women. Physical discomfort and emotional stress undeniably takes a toll on your energy, so getting ample rest is the best cure. Experts advise pregnant women to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. This effectively decreases your irritability and improves your concentration, making your pregnancy much smoother.
2. Exercise Regularly
As a pregnant woman, exercising is crucial to help you stay healthy, ease your discomfort and improve your mood. If you exercised frequently before your pregnancy, it shouldn’t be too difficult to maintain a regular exercise routine of moderate difficulty. Of course, if you were living a generally sedentary lifestyle previously, it would be more difficult for you to get into the habit of exercising. Exercising is also makes it easier for you to return to your pre-pregnancy body after you give birth. But, you do need to make sure that your exercises aren’t too strenuous and that your body can handle it. If not, take a break and make revisions to your exercise plan.
3. Avoid Undercooked or Raw Foods
Eggs, meat and fish all contain their fair share of nutrients and benefits. But consuming these foods raw might prove detrimental for you and your baby.
Here are some risks of consuming these raw or undercooked foods:
Listeria – This bacteria is found in water, soil and in some animals. Listeria might be a rare infection, but pregnant women are extremely susceptible – listeria infections are 20 times more common in pregnant women than in the general population. Listeria can be passed to your unborn foetus, even if you don’t notice any signs of illnesses. Being infected can cause stillbirth, miscarriage and serious health problems in your baby.
Salmonella – Symptoms of salmonella are typically only experienced by the pregnant mother. Some signs and symptoms include vomiting, nausea, fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Thankfully, salmonella infection seldom has an impact on the baby.
Test your knowledge! Take this ‘fact or fiction’ quiz to discover how much you know about pregnancy!
*This quiz is intended for informational purposes only and is not a medical prescription.
Consult professional health care providers if you have any questions or to meet your specific needs.