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Medical Facts You Need to Know when You are Pregnant

Pregnancy is a new stage in every woman’s life and very few of those that are pregnant for the first time can truly master the situation and know exactly what to do next. Beyond the joy and excitement of being a mom it is important to make sure that you take all the necessary measures related to diet, doctors and vitamins so that the pregnancy goes smoothly.

Your body will change

The first sign of pregnancy is the increase in breast size so you may have to change your bra size during the stages of pregnancy. You’ve probably heard everyone complementing you on the way your skin looks, and how it glows. When you are pregnant, hormonal changes increase the oil gland secretion, so this is why your skin may look shinier. There are also other skin changes that take place during the course of pregnancy, such as brownish patches on your skin or freckles and moles increasing in size, but this is normal, so there’s nothing you have to worry about.

Giving up bad habits

It’s important to do this step as soon as you suspect that you may be pregnant. Prevention is key. If you became pregnant, you do not want to put the health of your unborn child ar risk. So it’s highly crucial to stop consuming alcohol, coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating fast food. Consider changing your lifestyle and adopt a healthier diet. You can eat plenty of fruits and vegetables but consult your doctor before making drastic changes in your diet because some type of foods are not suitable during the trimesters of pregnancy. You can use almost any cooked foods that are healthy and fresh, with a few exceptions that may endanger the pregnancy:
  • fish with high content of mercury;
  • unpasteurized milk and cheese;
  • unpasteurized juices;
  • raw cabbage;
  • alcohol, coffee in excessive amounts, etc.

Folic acid supplements

It’s not needed to have a confirmation from your doctor in order to start taking folic acid. Folic acid is one of the most important nutrients for pregnant women, especially in early pregnancy. Even if the blood tests that you take every once in a while confirm no suspicion of birth defects or other problems that may occur to the baby during the pregnancy, there’s no harm in taking folic acid. It’s better to be cautious and take them early because they are essential in preventing birth defects in the fetus.

Prenatal Care

It’s important to see a doctor after you’ve find out that you are pregnant. Getting prenatal care it’s a must, as well as staying in touch with your doctor during the course of the pregnancy. However, in order to avoid being the victim of medical negligence, it’s recommended to get informed about the doctor that will be by your side during pregnancy to see whether he/she had committed an act of medical negligence.