Doubts And Misconceptions About Your Pregnancy Journey

by Mama's Box Team on March 05, 2021

Doubts And Misconceptions About Your Pregnancy Journey

Enjoy Pregnancy and Understand What Your Body Needs” with Dr. Sana Habib was the first of a series of live chats promoted by Mama’s Box in partnership with Bioderma called Mama’s Box Maternity Expert Talks. Dr. Sana Habib is the Arab Board Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology chosen for this Live Chat took place on the 16th of November. 

What changes can women expect in the first trimester?

Changes will happen on a hormonal level, psychological, or even in terms of blood pressure. Really, everything in your body changes to cope with the pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting are common and are due to the change in hormones. They are more common in the morning as the hormone levels are higher at this time of the day. If nauseas are extreme, the thyroid function should be checked. It is also normal for women to lose weight in the first trimester, loss of appetite, gastric pain, headaches (due to hypotension), some palpitations. It is important to make sure that there is no anemia and keep it under control during the pregnancy, if needed take iron supplements. Expecting mothers may also find themselves either laughing or crying without reason and with difficulty sleeping.

Are the symptoms in the second trimester the same as in the first?

The second trimester is the time in the pregnancy where the mother is happier. She has less of the symptoms she had in the first trimester and she can still move. She might see some changes in her skin, both in terms of coloration (de pigmentation) and stretch marks. So, expecting mothers should start using stretch marks cream from the 5th month on. In addition, it is not just the bump that can get stretch marks, also legs, arms, hands, etc. Mums-to-be may also feel light contractions or abdominal pain which they should check out as it is difficult for them to assess if it is serious, and it is important to avoid preterm labour. The main causes of preterm labor are urinary infection and vaginal infections. Lastly, the expecting mother can expect leg and abdominal cramps due to the stretching of the ligaments.

What can we expect during the third pregnancy trimester?

Even though mum-to-be should still feel very happy in the 3rd trimester, this pregnancy stage can be very difficult. Usually, the mum-to-be cannot move easily and walk long distances, has some difficulties taking deep breaths, can feel dizzy and experience muscle pain and cramps. Hypotension is also very common, because the baby is putting some pressure on the abdomen and blood vessels will make the blood pressure low. This is one of the reasons why the expecting mum can feel dizzy.

Some suggestions are to sleep with two pillows or a pillow in your back so that you do not sleep laying down and, therefore, can breathe better, and also to eat something with a little salt to increase blood pressure.

What is the normal increase in weight for each month and for the pregnancy as a whole?

It is normal for some expecting mothers not to gain weight in the first trimester and if they do it should not exceed 1kg per month. In the second and third trimester the baby grows more, and we can expect an increase between 1-1.5kg per month. Throughout the pregnancy it is normal to gain between 12-15kg. More than this can put you at risk for problems such as diabetes. After giving birth mums can expect to lose between 5-7kg in the first month.

What are the signs that the labour has begun?

The most common and indicative sign that labour has begun is contractions. However, they do not appear out of sudden. It is a continuous process that gets more and more frequent, longer and stronger. When it begins expecting mothers feel like the abdomen squeezes and relaxes 10-15 seconds each 30-60 minutes. Then this becomes more frequent and the duration of the contraction takes longer. Finally, it reaches 30-35 seconds each 2-3 minutes and at this point it is considered the expecting mum to be in an active labour stage.

Which is most recommendable: a normal delivery or a C-section? Which one is faster for recovery and healing? In case the first delivery was a C-section, the second must also be one?

A normal delivery is usually the preferable one, since it is the natural way. However, if there is some risk or problem that can affect the life of the baby or the mother, a C-section should be the path to go. Normal delivery heals faster, but today a C-section is much more developed than some years ago and the recovery is also relatively fast. Usually, the mother can move on the same day or the next day after the partum.

In case the first baby was delivered through a C-section, it does not necessarily mean that the second baby also has to be. However, first we need to understand the reason why the C-section happened in first place and then analyze case by case.

At the end of the session, Dr. Sana Habib was asked the main advice she would give to a mum-to-be. Dr. Sana said that pregnancy is a nice journey and actually one of the most wonderful experiences women have. Therefore, you should experience all of it and find ways to remember it forever.

Mama’s Box wants to give a special thanks to Bioderma, Dr. Sana Habib and all of the followers that participated on this live chat. In case you want to watch it in full click here.

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