Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Advice for pregnant women

There are a few common questions as to what the pregnancy women can consume during pregnancy. These are the general advice

Medications should be generally avoided, particularly in the first trimester. All pregnant women should be on folic acid supplement of 0.4mg per day. This should continue till at least 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Pregnant lady should generally avoid alcohol completely, although there is no known evidence of problems for drinking less than 2 units of alcohol a week.

Caffeine (coffee) is also generally avoided, again 1 cup a day seem to be the maximum allowed amount.

Smoking is an absolute no go and all women should stop smoking completely during the pregnancy. Smoking is known to increase the risk of miscarriage, pre-term labour and growth problems in the baby.

Light exercise is generally advised. Sexual intercourse is allowed unless the pregnant lady has certain conditions like placenta previa of which the doctor will advise the couple to avoid coitus.

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