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When You Should Contact a Doctor
Once you reach the second trimester of your pregnancy, your chances of a miscarriage are low, but still possible. If you get any symptoms such as severe abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding, you must contact a medical professional right away. Additionally, you may call a doctor if you have a fever.
Health & Safety
As your baby grows, they will be demanding a lot more to healthily grow highly. However, you need to make sure that the tips that you listen to are backed up by facts and science.
For instance, a common saying that we hear in countries like America or the Philippines is that “you need to eat for two people.” However, the little person growing inside of you is much smaller than the average human being, so you do not need to go overboard with your calorie intake. During the second trimester, eating around 340 extra calories a day is ideal.
Other than thinking about how many extra calories you are eating, you need to think about the food that you are consuming. As a good rule of thumb, you should avoid food that is not fully cooked throughout your pregnancy since it puts you at risk of food poisoning.
Besides undercooked and raw foods, you may want to avoid unpasteurized milk products, such as soft cheeses. They can contain bacteria that could give you an infection.
While having a few sweets in moderation is alright, you should not go crazy on consuming sugar. You should also make sure to reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake.
Additionally, you may want to take vitamin D supplements if your prenatal vitamins do not have vitamin D. Taking enough vitamin D is beneficial for you and your baby’s development. Make sure you speak to your doctor to know how much you should take daily.
Doing low-impact exercises daily is an excellent way to keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy. At this point, a lot of people may recommend you to do aerobics. Aerobics can help you strengthen the muscles, lungs, and heart.
You can also do simple exercises to help stay healthy and strong for your baby. A quick swim or a brisk walk for 10-30 minutes a day can easily make a positive impact on your body.
Exercises that strengthen your pelvic muscles are also ideal to do at this stage of your pregnancy. Make sure you choose gentle exercises when you want to tone these muscles.
Your baby will need a lot of attention and care as it grows. Make sure you read up on all the legitimate information as you can to know how to properly take care of your growing baby.