They say you are too “Painful” to remember but I say you are too “Precious” to forget!

October 15th – National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day!

Fetal loss is the most common pregnancy complication, occurring in 25-30% of recognized pregnancies. The most common cause of early pregnancy loss is chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, which account for at least 50-60% of all first trimester losses. Chromosomal abnormalities are typically the result of errors that may occur as the embryo divides and grows. The chance of these errors occurring generally increases with the age of the mother due to poorer egg quality. For more information on how Fakih IVF can help with recurrent miscarriage please call 800-FAKIH (32544) or click here for an appointment.

Below are some basic tips for a Healthy Pregnancy: 

Exercise: Staying active is one of the most important factors for the moms to be. Regular exercise will enable you to control your weight, enhance circulation, boost your mood, and enable you to sleep better. Furthermore, getting into an exercise habit now will enable you to set a good example for your youngster after your child’s birth. Pilates, yoga, swimming, and strolling are on the top list of best exercises  for most pregnant women, however, make sure to check with your specialist first before beginning any activity program. Go for 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. Tune in to your body, however, and do not try too hard.

Educate Yourself: Regardless of the possibility that this is not your first infant, going to a childbirth class will enable you to feel more prepared for delivery. Not exclusively will you have the opportunity to learn more about childbirth and infant care, yet you can make particular inquiries and voice any worries. It is also a good time to know more about your family’s medical history. Talk to your doctor about problems with past pregnancies, and report any family incidences of birth defects.

Track your weight gain: We know you are eating for two. However, packing on an excessive number of additional pounds may make it difficult to lose later. On the other hand, not gaining enough weight can put the child in danger for a low-weight birth, a major cause of development problems can also occur. Make sure you check in with your specialist every now and again to ensure you’re picking up at a healthy rate.

Ladies you will love this one…. NEW Shoes: “Cinderella is proof that a NEW pair of shoes can change your life”. Your natural pregnancy weight gain throws off your center of gravity, putting extra pressure on your tootsies. After some time this additional weight can cause difficult over-pronation. You may retain fluids, which can influence your feet and lower legs to swell. To prevent these issues, wear comfortable shoes with great support. Many expectant mothers discover they require a bigger shoe size even after they give birth, so go a step up if you need to.

Think twice about your spa style: No doubt, pregnancy is definitely the time to pamper yourself but you should be very careful. Avoid saunas, which can make you overheated. In addition, certain essential oils can cause uterine contractions, especially during the first and second trimester, so check with your massage therapist to make sure; only safe ones are being used. On the taboo list: juniper, rosemary, and clary sage.

Eat Folate-Rich food: It is smart to start eating plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, oranges, and orange juice. Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it’s vital for the creation of new red blood cells

Healthy Eating: Limit caffeine during pregnancy as it can have harmful effect on you and your baby. Recharge yourself with fruits like bananas and apples, which can help, lift your energy levels. Remember if you are a fish lover, avoid fish like swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish, which are all high in mercury as it can be toxic to both baby and mother.

Fly Smart: check with your doctor about your travel plans, and make sure the airline has no restrictions for pregnant women. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and get up and walk around every half hour to reduce the risk of blood clots. An aisle seat will give you more room and make trips to the bathroom easier. Around 14-28 weeks is usually the better time to fly.

Say No to stress: Besides improving your overall mood, staying relaxed may also help the health of your pregnancy. In one study, women who said they felt happy relaxed, and in control were 60 percent less likely to have a miscarriage. Treating yourself to a lunchtime manicure, spending a much-needed night out with the girls, or simply taking a quiet walk can help you relax and de-stress and that is good for both you and the baby.

Feel free to call your doctor: Pregnancy creates a lot of confusion and especially if it is your first time. So feel free to contact your doctor if you face these symptoms: 

  • 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 walking, edema (swelling of joints)
  • Decreased activity by the baby

Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be! Stay Positive