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Antenatal classes

It’s worth finding out as much as you can about what to expect at the birth of your baby, and antenatal classes are an excellent way of doing this. They can:
  • Tell you what your choices are in various circumstances, for example for pain relief

  • Tell you what facilities are available at the hospital for labour and birth

  • Help you understand what’s happening so you can make informed decisions

  • Teach you special techniques for coping with labour, like relaxation and breathing

  • Make you feel more confident and less anxious

  • Give you a chance to ask more questions

  • Introduce you to new friends who are all around the same stage of pregnancy as you are!

Travel during pregnancy

Travelling during pregnancy is safe provided you choose the right mode of transport. For instance, doctors would advise you to avoid travelling by rickshaw during pregnancy especially during the third trimester. A bumpy ride can lead to many complications in your term. Everyday travel in the car, bus, or rickshaw needs to be done with care. Take routes that are not bumpy, also if possible ask the driver to drive slow. It is required you do some amount of planning and take some precautions during travel. Following are a few tips that will make travelling a little more convenient during pregnancy .


Holiday travel

If you are planning a holiday or trip, make sure the travelling is manageable. Break the journey up if you can. Be extra careful about food hygiene. Avoid salads, ice creams and ice cubes. Don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun as well, as it’s more sensitive in pregnancy.

Pregnant women may be slightly more at risk of deep vein thrombosis or DVT on long haul flights than non pregnant women. Talk to your doctor before you take a long flight. You can ask their advice about wearing special socks or tights to help with circulation, or taking medication.

There are several ways you can help yourself:
  • Make sure you drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration

  • Wear loose comfortable clothes

  • Get up and move around as often as you can

  • Stretch your legs and make ankle circling movements every half an hour to improve circulation

Check flight policies

In case you are in your third trimester and planning to take a flight to your travel destination it is advisable that you check the airline policy for pregnant women. There are many airlines that do not allow pregnant women to fly during the last week or month of their pregnancy without a note for the care provider. Also many health care providers recommend women not to take a flight after 36 weeks.
 
Carry your reports

When packing your belongings for the travel remember to prepare a list of key names and phone numbers you’ll need in case of emergency. This will help people reach important contacts if you are in trouble. Also if you are in your second or third trimester you should carry a copy of your prenatal chart with you all along. This will keep you in routine with your regular check-ups and provide support during emergency.


Work during pregnancy

Standing at work

If you need to stand for long periods at work, try these tips to keep as comfortable as possible:
  • Stand with knees relaxed

  • Try to stand upright- no slouching!

  • Keep your weight evenly distributed

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes

  • Move as much as possible- it helps to avoid stiffness and gets your circulation working well

  • Take regular breaks

Working hard

There are a number of aspects of pregnancy that affect your well-being at work. For example, varicose veins can be aggravated by standing for long periods, and the effects of hormonal changes on your ligaments can increase the likelihood of injury or strains when lifting heavy loads. Take care by:
  • Remembering to lift properly

  • Wearing suitable clothing/ flat shoes

  • Eating little and often to keep your energy levels up- take fruit and healthy snacks to keep at work.

 

 



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