10 Commonly Googled Pregnancy And Newborn Questions

Can you drink wine while pregnant?

No — no amount of wine, or any other alcoholic drink during pregnancy is considered safe for the baby. Alcohol can interfere with your unborn baby’s brain development and could lead to your baby being born prematurely, with a low birth weight or with foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Children with FAS require a lot of educational and behavioural support due the damage done by alcohol to their brain. If you find yourself wanting to drink due to stress or feeling down, rather talk to a trusted person about how you are feeling, or seek professional counselling support.

Do you really have to pump and dump?

Alcohol is absorbed into your breastmilk and ingested by your baby, so the safest thing to do is to avoid alcohol altogether when breastfeeding. This is especially so when you are breast feeding your baby on demand, which is strongly encouraged. However, if you do have a glass of something alcoholic 2 hours or more before breastfeeding your baby or expressing and storing breastmilk, there is no need to pump and dump your breastmilk before hand.

Can you get rid of or prevent stretch marks?

Unfortunately, some people are more prone to stretch marks than others. However, it is a good idea to hydrate your belly with lotions and creams to prevent itching once skin does begin to stretch.

What exercises can you do during pregnancy?

Exercising can help you relax, boost energy, and prepare you for labor and delivery. And the good news is, even if you didn’t exercise before pregnancy, it’s not too late to start. But, it’s not recommend to do anything with extremely high temperatures like hot yoga or saunas. If the thought of exercise worries you, you could try these pregnancy stretches instead, which are great for relaxing, keeping flexible and activating those happy hormones for improved mood:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/multimedia/pregnancy/sls-20076930#:~:text=Rest%20on%20your%20hands%20and,back%20as%20flat%20as%20possible.

What position should a pregnant woman sleep?

In the first and early second trimester it’s usually fine to sleep on your back. But as your uterus grows it puts pressure on the blood vessel called the vena cava which takes blood to the baby when you lie on your back, so it’s best to try and fall asleep on your side. But we can’t control our movement when we sleep so you can try put a pillow behind your back so if you do roll to your back in your sleep, you’ll still be at a bit of a tilt.

How soon after pregnancy can you get pregnant?

As soon as you start ovulating again, which is 2 weeks before your first post-birth period/ menstruation. If you are not breastfeeding, your first period will happen between 6 and 8 weeks after giving birth. However, the World Health Organisation recommends waiting at least 18 months for both mother and baby health.

How soon after giving birth should I start taking contraception?

As soon as you start having sex again. It’s possible to get pregnant even if you’re breastfeeding. Remember, you are fertile two weeks before your first post-birth period, which means its possible to become pregnant again, even before you have your first period!

Consult your healthcare practitioner on what contraceptive options will be best for you. For example, if you are breastfeeding (which we strongly encourage) and opt for the oral contraceptive (the pill) you will need to take a progesterone-only oral contraceptive pill, and NOT a combined oral contraceptive pill. Your healthcare provider will advise you in more detail in this regard.

Can a newborn sleep in their own room?

It’s best to keep your newborn in the room with you in your bed or a separate bassinet or crib. Even if you don’t plan to co-sleep, this will keep you close by for feedings and help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). There are also recommendations to keep your baby in the room with you until they’re six months old. Regardless, the experts agree that, at least when the baby is a newborn, the best spot is in your room.

What is the best baby sleeping position?

Back is best. 

What foods should pregnant women avoid?

Don’t eat raw meat or animal products, such as raw or partially cooked eggs or sushi. Raw fruit and vegetables are fine and you should have as much of that as possible. Also avoid dairy products that are unpasteurised, such as unpasteurised milk or soft cheeses such as camembert.

References

  1. Flourish antenatal and postnatal guidebook
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  4. https://www.brgeneral.org/healthy-lifestyle-blog/2019/september/obs-answer-most-googled-pregnancy-questions/
  5. https://medicalcityhealthcare.com/blog/entry/answers-to-the-most-googled-questions-about-pregnancy
  6. https://www.expatwoman.com/ewmums/en/pregnancy/pregnancy-giving-birth-features/most-googled-pregnancy-related-questions