congratulations you are pregnant…

Getting pregnant can be exciting. For some, getting pregnant seems to happen faster, while for others getting pregnant takes patience and perhaps a bit of luck. 10 to 16 February is Pregnancy Awareness Week. This is the time that the Department of Health uses to strengthen pregnancy education and promote a healthy pregnancy. In support of this initiative, Tabloid Newspapers with help of health specialists, shares some information to help all pregnant women.

Did you know that you were pregnant?
Julia Naike( 30), a Durban resident said that she didn’t know she was pregnant in 2012 until she was four months. “I didn’t notice when I skipped my periods, because I had a crazy cycle. My tummy was not big at all, and I didn’t experience any crazy cravings . Everything was fine until one morning when I was shopping at Overport, and later woke up in hospital. Just like that I had collapsed. The doctor shocked me when he congratulated me, I couldn’t believe it,” she said.

Celebrity actor and media personality Oros Mampofu and girlfriend Bianca Carm are expecting their baby girl

Nikki Black, a midwife nurse (who didn’t not want to disclose her work place for private reasons), said that Naike is not the only one with this problem.”Lots of women come across this situation. It is not everyone who is lucky to find out. Unfortunately, many of the signs and symptoms aren’t unique to pregnancy. People skip periods now and again, they vomit, and have nausea . Some of the signs can indicate that you’re getting sick or that your period is about to start. The truth is you can be pregnant without experiencing any of the symptoms,” said Black.

Tips on early pregnancy detection:
Tender, swollen breasts. Your breasts may provide one of the first symptoms of pregnancy, fatigue, slight bleeding or cramping, nausea with or without vomiting, food aversions or cravings, headaches, constipation and mood swings. Black says a missed period is often the first sign that you may be pregnant, but to be sure you have to test. “Many women use home pregnancy tests to tell if they are pregnant; however, these tests are more likely to be accurate when used at least one week after a woman’s last period. If you take the test less than seven days before your last menstrual period, it may give you a false result. If the test is positive, it is more likely that you actually are pregnant. However, if the test is negative, there is an increased chance that the test is wrong. Your doctor can do a blood test to detect pregnancy sooner than a home pregnancy test can,” she said.

Pregnancy do’s and don’ts:
It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet during your pregnancy, at least six small healthy meals during the day. Whatever you do, know that breakfast is needed, if you are feeling sick try eating whole wheat toast. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre, like carrots, beans, bananas, corn, peas, and pears. Also choose healthy snacks such as yoghurt or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese. Do not eat uncooked or undercooked meats. Avoid soft cheeses like feta and goat cheese. You should also try to limit your caffeine intake. Drink at least eight glasses a day. Avoid unhealthy substances like alcohol, smoking or drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Contact your healthcare practitioner
If you have these symptoms : Pain of any kind, strong cramps, contractions at 20 minute intervals, vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid, dizziness or fainting, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, constant nausea and vomiting, trouble to walk or swelling of joints or decreased activity by the baby. Know, at four weeks, your baby is developing: The nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has begun to form. The heart begins to form. Arm and leg buds begin to develop. Your baby is now an embryo and 1/25 of an inch long.

For more information, please visit magdalena.org.za or Mayo clinic
website.