Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Now, I’m sure you have a million questions, regardless on if you’re a first-time mom or seasoned, each pregnancy is different and each pregnancy comes with it’s share of questions. Below, we’ve complied some need-to- know mommy knowledge to help you along your 9 month journey.
Q: Are all home pregnancy test the same?
A: If you’re like most expecting moms, you’ve probably taken multiple pregnancy test before coming to the realization that you are indeed pregnant. No shame, we all do it but are all pregnancy test created equal? Home based pregnancy test aka urine test, detect a hormone called the Human Gonadotropic Hormone or hCG. These test can detect the hCG hormone at different levels, some can detect very small levels while others can not, positive home pregnancy test are almost never wrong while negative test can sometimes be wrong, if you suspect pregnancy even after a negative pregnancy test, you should retest again after a few days. Most pregnancy test are accurate about 10-14 days after your missed period.
Q: What foods are a no no during pregnancy?
A: During your pregnancy you may crave many different foods but it is important to avoid certain food during your pregnancy. Here’s a list of some foods you should avoid: raw meat, raw eggs, fish with lots of mercury (Swordfish, Shark, King mackerel, Tilefish), unpasteurized milk, some smoked meats and uncooked or refrigerated seafood. (This list is NOT a complete list, please check with your care provider before ingesting certain foods, if in doubt.)
Q: Is sex during pregnancy safe?
A: Yes, unless your care provider has placed you on any restrictions. Don’t worry about hurting baby, your precious cargo is safely protected by the strong amniotic sac and your mucus plug seals the cervix to help protect against infection. Want more info about positions to try and avoid? Click Here to check out, Do This, Not That: Sex Positions to Skip When You’re Pregnant on Parents.com.
Q: Can I take over-the-counter pain meds?
A: Regular Tylenol has been listed as a pregnancy safe OTC pain medication but you should always check with your care provider before taking any medicines. You can also check with the pharmacist for general questions about pain meds while pregnant. There are also really wonderful ways to relieve pain or discomfort during pregnancy that doesn’t involved meds such as meditations, pregnancy safe essential oils, certain fruits (i.e. strawberries linked to headache relief) and even good ole’ fashion fresh air, water and rest.
Pregnancy can be one of the best times in a woman’s life but it can also be one of the scariest. Your body was wonderfully made to carry and birth children so allow it to do what it was meant to do. There are lots of wonderful online resources for pregnant women, there are also wonderful books and journals that we recommend. Here’s a list: Mommy Picks: Top 5 Pregnancy Reads.
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