Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm Pregnant (Part 3)

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Our wonderful worthymama,we believe you did find the 2 post on our pregnancy series articles useful.If you did not read and understand them,you should read them first, Part 1 and Part 2 else you may find this post confusing!Now lets continue into the wonderful journey of pregnancy as we experience it in Nigeria!
Practicing and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is very crucial for every woman especially when preparing to bring a new baby into the world!Here is the continuation of the next highlight of the necessary observation every pregnant woman should observe:

Necessary/Daily Schedules 
  • There are certain actions that you should consider necessary on a regular basis as your pregnancy progresses. Some of these actions will determine to an extent how your baby turns out at birth. You have to attend to your pregnancy with diligence and do not compare yours with someone else's, not even your mama’s. Pregnancy is a RISK; hence do not overlook what your doctor advices as a first time mother even though some issues you will learn later through experience. 
  •  Ensure you register for antenatal early as a first time mother. Your choice of hospital should be based on proximity, a certified gynecologist, adequate staff and cost effective services. Government hospitals are disliked by most first time mothers due to slow services but adequate staff is highly guaranteed unlike most private hospitals. At private hospitals, the chances of having complications are higher due to lack of staff and equipment. The staffs are usually not truthful about their practices and are eager at extorting money from “NAÏVE” patients. There may be only one doctor who may be a general practitioner and not a specialist. The doctor’s schedules are fervent at the government hospitals where he is also a staff. At the government hospitals, the seasoned specialist are enormous hence quick decisions are taken in case of complication. Whatever is your choice of hospital, ensure to be observant of the following procedures: 
  • Proper documentation of your particulars e.g name, age, address etc. Incorrect spellings can cause wrong filing of certain documents like test results. 
  • Correct blood pressure reading and documentation as well as urine test at every visit. Inappropriate checking of BP and urine can conceal the risk of having Eclampsia. It is a condition where a pregnant woman has a high BP coupled with sugar/protein in her urine which in turn leads to convulsion during labor and subsequent DEATH! 
    Initial test of HIV, hepatitis(Hbv), blood group/rhesus, genotype, PCV (blood volume)
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  • Scan by doctor’s request to ascertain gestation age, G.E, the age of the baby. Though a manual calculation too is done, these are to determine the age of the baby and time of delivery; E.D.D (expected delivery date).The maximum scans required are 2, but the doctor can request more in case of any concerns. You can do a second scan if the sex of the baby was not revealed at the first one and you wish to find out. Although there is a chance that the sex of the baby may not be accurate at birth but by 20 weeks a good scan operator can determine the sex. The sex organ is most visible from 6 months when the fetus is better formed. Notethat accuracy of EDD reduces when a scan is done at an advanced stage of pregnancy. Take note also that two different scans either at different places and date may have a slight difference of your EDD. Remember, it is an estimationwhich is prone to a plus or minus significant reading errorhence, it must not be accurate.Ensure you do the scan with a quality/reliable organization where a translucent check is done. This intensive scanning is to check for any abnormality in the baby such as Down syndrome. The scan pointer is placed on the back of the baby, to determine if there is any fluid retention on the spinal cord. Familiarize yourself with scan terms like: baby presentations; cephalic means baby’s head is in downward position which is ideal, transverse means baby is lying across, breech presentation means baby is in sitting position. Another term is either multiple viable fetus meaning twins or single viable fetus meaning one living baby.
  • Anti-malaria is usually given twice in pregnancy as a preventive (medical jargon: prophylaxis) measure. You will be treated for malaria in case of an attack but the basic practice for prevention is twice. Therefore, ensure you do not expose yourself to malaria attacks as malaria can lead to complication for your baby. 
  • Tetanus immunization, TT, is given twice before delivery. Then three more times after delivery in subsequent pregnancy to make up five in all. Ensure you take it; it is given on the upper arm like other adult immunization. It is slightly painful; make sure you eat before taking it to avoid dizziness and nausea. 
  • Initial antenatal checkups will range from 2 months, 1 month, 2 weeks then1 week as delivery date approaches. Do not be weary of attending every check; ensure you have food on you as a lot of women may need to be attended to before you if you do not go in time. Try to make friends as most mothers usually make longterm friends from antenatal days.With these new friends, you can learn a lot about motherhood..................to be continued.

We do hope you have enjoyed our pregnancy made easy series thus far?we love to hear from you.

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