8 pregnancy fears that have kept me from conceiving so far
We spoke to several experts to understand why we should not be worried about these 8 pregnancy fears
Pregnancy can be a different experience for different women.
While some may simply sail through it without any problems, it may not be the same story for others. Take for instance, Amisha Kapur's (name changed) case. She is a Delhi-based local fashion designer who conceived twins last year.
While she was perfectly healthy before pregnancy, during her first trimester, she lost a huge amount of weight due to morning sickness. "I lost close to about 7 kgs in my first trimester. I was vomiting all the food and basically did not have anything in my stomach and I was worried because I found out that I was carrying twins. So then I was given anti-nausea medication and I was able to sail through the rest of my pregnancy with some semblance of normalcy," she says, speaking exclusively to theIndusparent.
She added that even before her pregnancy she was worried about it. And the weight loss seemed like her worst fears had come true. "But thankfully, everything felt into place and I gave birth to two beautiful fraternal twins this past February," she says.
If you are also planning a baby or are pregnant, it will be natural for you to worry. But there is a solution to every problem and there are answers to all fears. We spoke to several experts to understand why we should not be worried about certain common pregnancy fears.
#1 What if I have a miscarriage?
In statistics released by WebMD, it was stated that as many as 50 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, even before a woman has her monthly period. Among the recognised pregnancies, about 15 percent women miscarry. But it's not true for all women.
Dr Sita Rajan Kumar, consultant, obstetrics and gynecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Bengaluru, explains what could lead to a miscarriage. "One of the most common causes for a pregnancy loss in first trimester is aneuploidy or chromosomal abnormality in the conceptus (foetus)," she says. Since there are many causes of miscarriage, you can lower your risk by quitting smoking or drinking alcohol and cutting back on your caffeine intake (aim for 200 mg or less in a day).
#2 What if the morning sickness is terrible?
Many women fear that morning sickness (which may lead to vomitting) can result in nutrition not reaching the baby. However, on the contrary, babies are able to take nutrition from anything that goes into a mum's body, even if it is biscuits and juice.
In fact Fit For Birth’s nutritionist and dietician Charmi Gala says, "The mother's digestion is getting better hence it leads to morning sickness, so there is nothing to worry about.” So by simply following a healthy lifestyle and routine you can keep morning sickness at bay. Going to sleep early, taking ginger tea or keeping yourself hydrated are few of the things you can do.
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#3 What if my food is not right for my baby?
Mums today are under a lot of pressure to 'eat right.' But with a healthy lifestyle and food (which could be your regular food) you don't really have to worry.
In fact, Dr Nupur Gupta, gynaecologist and director, Well Women Clinic, Gurgaon, says, “Although age is important factor for getting pregnant, it loses steam if a woman follows a healthy diet, regularly exercises and maintains a healthy lifestyle after 35-years of age. Such women can carry the pregnancy successfully."
Just eat healthy and add food items like nuts and dry fruits during pregnancy to increase energy and strength in your body.
#4 What if my baby is born with a defect?
Many mums-to-be fear that their child maybe born with a birth defect; holding their breath during each prenatal test. While these concerns are natural, prenatal testing, can assure mums of health problems their unborn may or may not face in the future.
Prenatal testing is usually done in the first, third and fifth months and determines different factors regarding the mother’s and developing child’s health and development. But remember that, even if a test comes back abnormal, it does not mean that your baby will be born with some defect. The best way to deal with it is to stick to a healthy diet and talk to your doctor about any abnormal signs you may notice.
#5 What if I go into early labour?
This is probably one of the biggest fears of mums-to-be and again. And it is quite natural, given the increasing rates of premature babies in the country. The fact is that there are quite a few things expecting mums can do to lower the risk of premature births. This includes adapting a healthy lifestyle, exercising, quitting smoking and drinking, adopting a good dental regime, and including pregnancy supplements in your regular diet.
You should also consult your doctor about a 'torn labour.' This where the cervix gets dilated earlier than expected.
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#6 What if I am unable to lose my pregnancy weight?
Every expecting mum worries that she may not get back to her pre-baby body. And it certainly does not help to see celeb after celeb snap and share picture of their 'post-baby body!' Most women are in fact, able to lose weight after pregnancy if they had been exercising before pregnancy and during the course of nine months.
Remember that post pregnancy exercises should be done only after at least a month’s break post delivery or, in the case of a C-section, as your doctor advises you. Also, begin only with low intensity moderate exercising such as yoga. You can also try walking, or climbing the stairs or some kegel exercises to lose post delivery weight.
#7 Will sex be different now?
Another relevant and important fear is about sex after delivery. In fact, a UK-based research that studied 1,118 couples and found that when lovemaking resumes after two months of childbirth, it comes back with a new vigour. This enables the couples to enjoy the act of lovemaking more than ever.
It may be affected immediately after the birth of your child, but you can get the drive back in a month or so. Once your doctor gives you a go-ahead, take it slow since it may hurt or feel uncomfortable the first few times. But you snap back to life after a few months and get your sex drive back. You can also try different positions to keep sex after delivery interesting!
#8 Will labour will be too tough to handle?
We hear many things about labour and the most common thing is 'once the baby comes out, you forget everything!' But, do you really? First thing to remember is that women have been doing this since the dawn of time. So in your case, you just need to understand the exit strategy. This includes either administration of an epidural or a C-section.
Labour pain can be one of the most scary events expecting mums need to be prepared for. But, Dr Priyanka Mehta, gynaecologist at ePsyClinic.com, Delhi, says that there are 10 ways (including waterbirth and hypnotherapy) to reduce labour pain and ease the process of delivery.
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