When we realize we are pregnant, we may have a lot of doubts. Let’s answer the most common ones.
When should I make an appointment for pregnancy monitoring?
Although it depends on each place, it seems that it is usually recommended to make the first visit to the midwife or gynecologist at 7 or 9 weeks of gestation, to inform you about the monitoring of pregnancy and schedule all the tests of the first trimester.
What tests will I undergo in the first trimester of pregnancy?
The number or type of medical tests you may be offered during your pregnancy is something that can change depending on where you live, the health care team you go to, and/or if you have any specific health conditions. In general, a blood test and ultrasound are usually done at around 12 weeks gestation. This ultrasound is usually done vaginally.
When is the pregnancy announced to the family?
This is a very personal decision. Some people prefer to let the first trimester of pregnancy pass, since it is the one with the highest risk of miscarriage. It is something that is rarely talked about and therefore becomes taboo. For many, sharing the joy of pregnancy and, if it does not go well, the sadness of a miscarriage, can make them feel accompanied in a time of grief that is too often spent in silence and solitude.
Can I eat everything?
The dietary recommendations during pregnancy do not necessarily have to change in general terms. There are some foods that are not advisable to take, such as:
- Large fish and seafood heads, because of their heavy metal content (tuna, shark, halibut, etc.).
- Unpasteurized milk and its derivatives, such as certain cheeses, because of the risk of containing listeria and other germs.
- Raw, undercooked meat or uncooked sausages, because of the possibility of toxoplasmosis (if you like sausages, you can cut them thinly and freeze them for at least 48 hours before consumption).
- Raw fish, because of the risk of anisakis (it can be frozen for at least 48 hours).
- It is recommended to avoid alcohol completely.
Do I have to take any vitamin complex?
It is recommended that both 3 months before pregnancy and during the first trimester of pregnancy, 400 mcg of methylfolate, which is the active form of folic acid, should be taken. In some regions it may also be advisable to take iodine. You can ask your midwife or gynecologist about what supplements, apart from folic acid, you may need.
What if I feel sick, can I take any medication?
During pregnancy and especially during the first trimester, it is recommended not to self-medicate. It is a time when the embryo is developing and there are certain medications that can affect the pregnancy.
If you are taking any medication, contact the doctor who prescribed it to find out how to proceed during pregnancy. If you feel unwell and need to take any medication, it is also recommended that you contact a doctor.
Certain food supplements, herbal preparations or infusions may also be incompatible with pregnancy.
Can I have sex?
If you feel like it, sexual intercourse is completely compatible with pregnancy, both penetrative and non-penetrative.
It is possible that your desire to have sex during pregnancy may change, either more or less. Hormones and fatigue are playing their part.
Can I still do the same sport I was doing?
Yes! If you were already practicing a specific sport, you can continue. It is usually recommended that your heart rate does not go too high. To know if you are overdoing it or not, you can check if you can talk while practicing the sport. If you do any contact sport, remember to avoid blows to the abdomen.
If you have not done sport before and you feel like starting now, do it progressively.
Can I lift weights?
Lifting weights does not put your pregnancy at risk. Where there is an impact is on your pelvic floor. Find a way to lift them while protecting your pelvic floor muscles to avoid problems after urinary incontinence.
Can I ride a motorcycle or bike?
Sure! If you are a motorcyclist or cyclist, you can still wear them. Remember that your belly will grow and you may reach a point in your pregnancy when it will be more difficult to wear them.
When should I go to the emergency room?
During the first trimester it is sometimes difficult to know if the pregnancy is really going on or not. You may have the feeling that menstruation will come at any time, you may notice discomfort in the lower abdomen, your breasts may be uncomfortable, nausea may appear and you may feel very tired. These situations are considered completely normal, even so, there are some signs that if they appear it is recommended to go to the emergency room:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Intense pain in the lower abdomen
- Vomiting and nausea that do not allow you to eat properly.
Surely there are many more questions. In LactApp you have a lot of information about this first trimester, do not hesitate to consult it. And remember that in LactApp Plus you have courses on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, as well as a multitude of training to prepare for breastfeeding. We are waiting for you!