Did you know that your foetus can cry? Yes, and it can feel and do a lot of other things. Be careful of what you eat, how you move and tonnes of other things that you need to do for your foetus. Dr Bandita Sinha, a senior gynaecologist at Fortis Hospital, talks about 11 things that your foetus wants you to stop doing right now!
We get it; you are craving a lot of junk food and other foods during pregnancy. But it is not safe for your foetus, especially during the initial and the final stages of pregnancy. Cut down on junk food and eat more nutritious food.
A lot of pregnant women go through counselling in the first trimester itself. Prolonged stress or depression can lead to issues with breastfeeding. Also, the vibrations are directly transferred to the foetus. So you need to be cheerful and happy.
Stop listening to loud, noisy music or sad songs. Your foetus will probably get scared or be sad (not kidding). Start listening to soothing tunes that calms your mind and your baby's mind too. Happy songs keep you happy and positive.
It is a no-brainer that you must stop smoking and drinking alcohol when you are pregnant. You are suffocating your foetus by doing so. There are also higher chances of your child suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome and growth retardation.
It is important to exercise during pregnancy but make sure you do the right exercises. Choose the kind of exercises that won't apply too much pressure on your uterus. Do not perform any exercise without consulting your doctor. Dr Sinha recommends that you can start yoga from the 14th week of your pregnancy.
Pregnancy and mood swings go hand-in-hand. Go out and meet other mommies. 'Pregnant women must attend groups or classes through all the nine months of pregnancy. It helps the baby a lot after birth. Garbha sanskar is something which used to be very popular and compulsory in our culture and thankfully it is coming back', says Dr Sinha.
You need proper rest during pregnancy and travelling a lot can affect the health of the foetus. Dr Sinha says that you must avoid travelling or commuting in the first and last trimester. There is a risk of miscarriage or bleeding in the first trimester and preterm labour or foetal growth retardation in the last trimester.
Do not rely on Dr Google for everything. It might have answers to your questions but it also leads to panic and more questions. Write your questions down and visit your gynaecologist. Wrong information on the internet can increase your blood pressure and sugar level, which your foetus is not okay with.
It is a myth that a pregnant woman must eat for two. 'A pregnant woman is supposed to restrict carbs and fats and eat more protein-rich food. The food needs to have nutritional value and not quantitative value. However, it also depends on the BMI. If the mother is underweight, then she needs to add some carbs and fat to her diet but otherwise, it is not advisable to gain a lot of weight', Dr Sinha advises.
How you move affects your foetus' position too. Make sure you don't sleep on a side that applies a lot of pressure on the foetus. Consult your doctor on what sleeping positions you must avoid. You also need to make sure that you sit and move around carefully.