Personalized pregnancy control Care during pregnancy and safe hygiene

Can I board a plane? And have sexual intercourse? These questions, among others, are answered in this section. If there is any doubt, contact us.

General care and hygiene during pregnancy

Food

During pregnancy, food should be complete and varied. During the entire pregnancy, your weight will increase by 9 to 13 kg. We recommend:

  • Cook the food, such as meat or fish, on fire, oven, boiled or vapor.
  • Moderately increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread (we recommend whole wheat), rice, pasta and dry vegetables.
  • Drink between half a liter and one liter of milk everyday (we recommend with cream) or the same volume of yoghurt.
  • Reduce the consumption of greasy non-vegetarian food, such as pork, butter, charcuterie, etc.
  • Reduce the consumption of very sweet eateries, such as cakes, patisseries, particularly industrial patisseries, sweets, chocolate, etc.

Stomach pains

You can take a pill against acidity 2 or 3 times per day (ALMAX®, RENNIE®)

Constipation

If, despite a rich diet in fiber (kiwi, other fruits and vegetables), you suffer from constipation, you can take a natural laxative (PLANTABEN®, ALGIOLAX®)

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Avoid these during pregnancy.

Medicines and radiations

Avoid taking any medicine during pregnancy, except those medically prescribed. If you need an analgesic or an anti-thermal, you can take PARACETAMOL.
The exposition to radiations (X rays) is potentially dangerous for your child: X-rays will be carried out only if strictly required and/or authorized by your doctor.

Hygiene, clothes, shoes

  • We recommend taking a shower everyday, because sweating and secretion of vaginal flow increases during pregnancy.
  • Take good care of your mouth hygiene. We recommend visiting your dentist, and to do a cleaning.
  • Use large and casual clothes. Shoes should be comfortable, without heels, or soles which are too flat.
  • Avoid wearing stockings and socks which are too tight.

Work

You can continue your professional activity, under the condition that it does not make you physically or psychologically tired, until the eight month of your pregnancy.

Sport

We recommend practicing a moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming or exercises learnt during maternal education courses. Avoid violent sports, competitions or sports that are very tiring.

Travel

In general, travels are not unadvisable, except if the destination does not benefit from sanitary services. At the end of the pregnancy, avoid long travels. Boarding a plane is not unadvisable.

Sexual intercourse

If your pregnancy is going normally, it is not necessary to modify or stop your sexual routine, under the condition that it does not discomfort you in any way. Avoid sexual intercourse in case of genital hemorrhage, risk of delivery before the due date or breakage of water. We recommend abstaining from it during the last 2 or 3 weeks of the pregnancy.

When to go to the hospital for a consultation

When to go for a consultation

  • Intense and persistent vomiting.
  • Intense and persistent diarrhea..
  • Pain while urinating.
  • Unusual headaches.
  • Swelling in places other than the feet and ankles at night and swelling in feet and ankle if persistent after night rest.

When to go to the hospital for a consultation

  • Genital hemorrhage.
  • Loss of genital liquid.
  • Intense abdominal pain.
  • High fever.
  • Intense headache.

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Last Update: 14/09/2014
References:
– F. GARY CUNNINGHAM. Obstetricia de Williams (23ª ED). MCGRAW-HILL, 2011

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