Easy Tips You Need to Know for a Normal Delivery

Normal Delivery

Pregnancy is very crucial for any would-be mother. And a normal delivery is something which every woman would desire. It is a well-established fact that a normal delivery is known to be the best for the mother and the child. Yet the fact is that it takes lot more to be able to give vaginal birth to a child without undergoing surgery.

Easy Tips You Need to Know for a Normal Delivery

1: Support is Needed. In today’s time where most of the women are found working during their pregnancy and staying alone in nuclear families, the experience of pregnancy can be very different than it would be in an environment where you have people to take care and give advice. Research analysis has revealed that women who received expert support and care during pregnancy time were half as likely to require a C-section as those who had no expert around to take care. Their labor time was also 25 percent shorter.

2: Keep Yourself Busy. Active labor for a first-time mother may last for an average of twelve to fourteen hours. Paying attention on the cramps and worrying about it from the beginning of abdominal cramps can make things difficult. Hence it is recommended that one should get busy in activities like a walk or a shower or into something you love to do like cooking etc.

The more time you can spend at home, the better it is. When you are relaxed, you are able to easily pass through the time of labor pain.

Manage Weight

3: Manage Your Weight. It is natural to gain weight during pregnancy. By eating healthy and in proper cycles, you can manage your weight well so that you are not overweight. It is easier and smooth labor when the weight is manageable. This reduces the complications and, in turn, the medical interventions too.

4: Prenatal education. Knowing about the delivery process and prenatal childbirth prepares the pregnant women to deal with the dos and don’ts easily. It is proven that prenatal education has 50 percent more chances for a normal delivery. Breathing, meditation, relaxing, listening to music, getting massage from an expert are some of the ways to get over the last minute stress.

Healthy Diet and Exercises

5: Healthy Diet. Eating right is very crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Proper diet not only keeps your body fit and healthy, but it also ensures that the fetus is getting healthy growth and development. The physical strength and good health prepares the body to face the challenges of labor with ease. Diet should contain good amount of green vegetables, which are rich in iron and folate acid. This prevents the possibility of developing post-delivery anemia.

6: Exercises. Regular exercise builds the stamina in general and adds to the ability of bearing the pain during labor. Kegel exercises are of immense help in strengthening the pelvic region and thighs.

Routine consultations, exercises and physiotherapy sessions, understanding of the delivery process, the diet and mental state are some of the factors which impact the delivery. Immediately after the normal delivery, having skin to skin contact with the baby and initiating breastfeeding right after birth is the most natural way of building a strong bond of affection and trust. Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Motherhood!

Diet Plan for Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a very crucial period of life, not just for the pregnant woman but for the entire family. Yet, the utmost focus is given on the do’s and don’ts of the pregnant woman, especially the diet. One of the common myths related to diet is that pregnant moms must eat for two.  Fact is that extra 350 kcals are needed only by second trimester.

The Objective of Diet Plan:

The diet should be nutritionally balanced, with lots of liquid intake, should include all the food groups, meals should be spread over shorter intervals, and the food plate should be colorful. Lastly, the food should be chewed properly and whilst maintaining a positive and happy mood.

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The Food Groups to Include in Diet Plan:

  1. Milk and other Dairy products: This includes milk, buttermilk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese (paneer). These foods are rich in protein, calcium and Vitamin B12.
  2. Pulses, Nuts and Whole Grains: Especially for vegetarians, these are rich sources of protein and hence should be included in your daily diet. Ensure that you have some amount of dry fruits in your daily diet plan.
  3. Fresh fruits and vegetables: These are rich sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. One should have almost five servings every day. Try to make your food plate colorful by including variety of items. Salads are rich source of fiber and add to roughage in diet which helps in keeping bowels clear.
  4. Fats: Fats are the source of energy needed to support the baby in the womb and prepare the body for delivery. Small amount of saturated fats like ghee and butter and sufficient amount of vegetable oil which provides unsaturated fats should be consumed.
  5. Liquids: Water should be clean and filtered. Infused water with fresh fruits is also a source energy which can be sipped slowly. Packaged juices should be avoided as they are rich in added sugar. Buttermilk, milk etc. are also included in liquid intake.
  6. Fish, Meat and Poultry: If you have these in your regular diet, continue them in every day routine as they provide concentrated proteins for your body.

Proposed Diet Plan:

The diet intake should be interestingly spread across the whole day including variety of delicious food ideas. A common diet plan includes:

  • Pre-Breakfast Snack like a glass of cow’s milk or apple juice or dry fruits
  • Breakfast like bowl of fruits or a bowl of wheat upma or poha with lots of vegetables or parathas or omelet with vegetables
  • Mid-morning snack like soup, or dairy product
  • Proper Lunch roti or paratha, rice, dal, vegetable and salad
  • Evening Snack like idli, sevaiya, vegetable cutlet, green tea
  • Dinner like khichdi, pulao, curd, paratha etc.

A note of caution:

A doctor’s advice on a diet plan is essential as that would be offered to you as a personalized recommendation. Yet no one chart can fulfill each one’s individual requirements. Hence, in case of any discomfort, make sure to avoid that food for a while and consult your doctor on the same.

How to do a Self-Pregnancy Test

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Pregnancy is the 40 weeks period from the last menstrual period till the child’s birth. In this tenure of approximately nine months, the offspring (it can be more than one in some cases of multiple pregnancy) develops inside the womb of a woman.

The early symptoms of conception and pregnancy may include missed periods, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting etc.In case one has a missed period and seeany other symptoms, then it is sensible to confirm the notion with a pregnancy test.

A Self-Pregnancy Test can be done by checking one’s urine for HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin).  The hormone HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus.

 

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Steps for Self-Pregnancy Test with Urine:

  • Take a note of the First Day of your last period and calculate the date of next menstrual period accordingly. This is calculated using the first day of your last period.
  • Find out the Start Date of this period by taking the average number of cycle days or by counting 28 days forward. Most usually, this may range from 28 to 35 days.
  • Test after you have missed your periods but testing too early may get you a false negative test. Hence you may wait for about 10 days beyond period due date to have more accurate results.
  • There is a wide range of options available for test but choosing a reputed test is preferred. If you are nervous, you may even prefer to opt for digital output with PREGNANT or NOT PREGNANT clearly displayed on the screen.
  • It is best to buy multiple test kits since majority people try a retest to be sure. This will save you time and money of visiting the store again.
  • Take precaution while opening the test kit since touching the activation tab may spoil the kit.
  • The preferred time to test is with the morning urine which is more concentrated. This increases the probability of accuracy of result.
  • Read the instructions on the kit to avoid unnecessary stress. Digital results anyways are much easier to comprehend.
  • The type of test may be either stream test or dip test, wherein you either hold the stick under the urine stream for at least three seconds or collect the urine in a container and then dip the reactive end of the strip for results.
  • Set the time duration on a mobile so that you know how long to sit and then read the test immediately. Reading it after a long while may give a false positive result.
  • The test should get you the clear result of positive or negative pregnancy. In case the positive indication is too light, do the retest with first urination next morning.
  • Once you have the positive result with this test, it is recommended to visit an obstetrician and have it verified.

These steps should be help in eliminating any false negatives or positives to a large extent.