Pregnancy can be both a nerve-racking and exciting time, and it’s likely that you will have many questions over the next nine months. This is normal – no one knows everything that they need to expect, and every pregnancy is completely different. There are some questions that you should be asking when you are pregnant, especially if you are unsure or are receiving conflicting information.
Let’s take a look at some of them below:
What Equipment Is Going to Be Used?
Now, it is unlikely that you will get to know exactly what every piece of equipment is during your pregnancy. You won’t need to know about the heart monitor and how it works, for example, just that there is one and it’s doing its job. However, you should be asking questions about the type of equipment that is going to be used for examinations, such as a wireless ultrasound probe, or what equipment could potentially be used during birth, such as forceps. It’s helpful for you to be aware of these and know what they are used for so that you can feel as comfortable as possible if they are needed.
Can I Exercise?
The simple answer to this is, yes, you can exercise. In fact, exercising during pregnancy has many benefits, including managing your weight gain, increasing blood flow to you and the baby, keeping you fit for labor, and boosting your mood. That being said, there may be certain exercises that you now need to avoid (for example, heavy lifting). If you were extremely active before pregnancy, you should be able to continue your regular routine – just remember to slow down if you need to and always listen to your body.
Am I Eating for Two?
Technically, yes, you are eating for two – however, this should be taken with a pinch of salt. Your baby will receive what it needs to grow through your normal food consumption. In fact, you only need around 450 extra cals in your third trimester and 200 in your first, so truly eating for two could see you gaining an unhealthy amount of weight. As long as you are eating a well-balanced diet with an extra glass of orange juice or afternoon snack, your baby is going to get exactly what it needs from you.
Do I Need a Birth Plan?
Every pregnant woman needs to have some sort of birth plan, even if it’s as simple as making the decision to ‘go with the flow.’ Some women like to plan everything to the last letter, but, in reality, you will likely find that the plan never really goes as planned. There are too many variables that could happen or change for a plan to run perfectly every time, and when it comes to pregnancy, it’s all about being flexible. For example, you may say you don’t want pain relief, but change your mind during active labor – and that is absolutely fine.
These are four questions that you should think about when you are pregnant to help put your mind at rest and give you some clarity. Do you have any other questions that you would like to see answered? Please share some of them in the comments below!