Precautions In Pregnancy
1. Sex is considered safe during all stages of a normal pregnancy.
2. Sex is not safe in following case
A. If you engage in oral sex, your partner should not blow air into your vagina. Blowing air can cause an air embolism (a blockage of a blood vessel by an air bubble), which can be potentially fatal for mother and child.
B. You should not have sex with a partner whose sexual history is unknown to you or who may have a sexually transmitted disease, such as harpes, genital warts, chlamydia, or HIV. If you become infected, the disease may be transmitted to your baby, with potentially dangerous consequences.
C. Doctors sometimes also recommend avoiding anal sex during pregnancy.
3. Although anal sex isn't necessarily unsafe during pregnancy, it may not be comfortable for you while pregnant and could worsen problems such as hemorrhoids.
4. It is recommended that you avoid alcohol during the first trimester of your pregnancy.
5. Stop all recreational drugs immediately. If you find it difficult to stop, talk to your doctor, who can help you quit.
6. Caffeine affects iron absorption and so it is recommended that pregnant women limit caffeine intake.
7. Salmonella infection is most often traced to eggs and chicken meat. It's advisable to avoid foods that contain raw egg and always cook chicken and eggs well. Wherever possible, purchase free range eggs and chicken. Symptoms of headache, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever and shivering develop approximately 12 - 24 hours after infection and last for 2-3 days.
8. Throughout your pregnancy you will have regular check ups, or "antenatal visits" with your doctor or specialist. These visits will generally take place every month until 28 weeks, then fortnightly to 36 weeks and then weekly for the last month. If you have any complications, the regularity of visits will be increased.
9. Breast changes can begin quite early in pregnancy with increasing levels of oestrogen and progesterone.
10. Start researching the childbirth options that are available to you during this trimester. You will need to talk to your doctor and other mothers about the type of birth you want.