Pregnancy dos and don’ts

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A miracle is unfolding inside you. Your hormones are changing, some body parts are swelling, and there are so many new and exciting (and strange!) things afoot. So, what do all these changes mean for your growing body? Let’s learn what you’re still able to do during this time and when to play it safe.

1. Exercise
Staying active will work in your favour. Exercise has been shown to relieve the symptoms of pregnancy discomforts like, back pain, swelling, bloating, fatigue and constipation. Exercise also promotes flexibility, boosts your mood, and may speed up your postpartum recovery process. Choose low-impact exercises that are safe for you and your baby. Try brisk walking, yoga, indoor cycling, swimming or an aerobics class. Breathing exercises help your baby get oxygen too. But get the go-ahead from your doctor first!

2. Sex
Sexual desire may increase or decrease during pregnancy. According to studies, sex will not harm your baby. Your little one is safely protected by the strong muscles and fluid in and around your uterus. Depending on your comfort, most positions are fine. Oral sex is safe too. Having an orgasm increases your contractions, which helps to strengthen your pelvic floor. This makes it easier for delivery and post labour. It boosts immunity and improves blood circulation, which play a big part in restoring the body’s function. The release of hormones and oxygen is good for the baby.

3. Dentist visits
Your oral hygiene still needs care. Preventive dental cleaning and check-ups are recommended by doctors. The amount of anaesthetic to be used for numbing should be as little as possible. Cavity fillings and crowns should be done to reduce chances of infections. Dental work is beneficial for your pregnancy. You can avoid oral infections that may occur with the hormonal changes that can lead to a gum disease. Avoid unnecessary procedures until after birth like teeth whitening and cosmetic procedures.

4. Spa visit  
Always be safe and tell your masseuse that you’re expecting. The best time to go to a spa would be during your second trimester. A massage is a fantastic way to relieve aches and tension in the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs and feet. Be mindful of your skin sensitivity at this point, as some treatments may not be suitable for you and the baby. A spa day can increase your blood circulation, the placenta and the baby. It can reduce anxiety and stress. It promotes rest and relaxation and support a healthy functioning state. 

5. Drive 
Doctors would advise to minimise driving. As your belly grows bigger, it will make driving unconformable. Check with your doctor before any trip, especially if you’re travelling long-distance. Be sure to always wear your seatbelt. Position yourself correctly and take regular breaks. Carry your essential snacks and water for your trip as your blood sugar levels may drop. 

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