What should I expect with my first visit to the Doctor and if registered for antenatal programme in a particular hospital, how will the scheduled classes not be affected in case a total change of location occurs?
Certainly, if confirmed that pregnancy has occured, doctor will enquire about past experiences like health deficiency and abortion (if any). This will then lead to further test such as temperature, examining the breast and also pelvic examination. No first antenatal visit is complete without labouratory test e.g. running a test on the urine (midstream of specimen) to detect hidden infection of the urinary tract (if any) which can lead to pre-eclampsia. If sugar is detected in the urine, doctor will enquire if the pregnant mother is diabetic. Further test may also include: blood test for detection of Hepatitis B/ HIV AIDS; early detection will help to safeguard the baby. At subsequent visits, early labouratory investigation and ultra sound technologies can also help to detect fetal abnormalities such as irregularly formed babies and down syndrome for quick intervention. Play the video below to learn more on routine medical test for antenatal, postnatal and neonatal.
In a situation where there is a change of location and the expectant mother has already registered for antenatal class in a specific health institution e.g Federal hospital, her medical records will be provided for her which she will have to produce in her new location irrespective of the new health institution e.g. State hospital, that she intends to patronise. This will help in the continuation of her antenatal activities and medical care in a well structured manner.
Which month is the most crucial during pregnancy?
The first trimester; because baby formation in terms of organs, tissues etc. is going on at that particular period yet it does not demean the relevance of the other remaining two trimesters.
What are the signs of labour
* Lightening: the act of the baby changing position; head drops down into the pelvis i.e. cephalic presentation.
* A Change in Energy Level
* Vaginal Discharge: thick or pinkish in colour; it is the mucus plug that sealed the cervix while pregnant.
* Amniotic Sac breaks
* Uterine Contraction
The Doctor or Medical experts should be contacted in case of any strange signs
My breast is always full (with milk); I hope there is no problem?
It is normal for the breast to start producing milk after delivery but the engorgement of the breasts due to the accumulation of milk is another issue tagged mastitis; it leads to bacterial infection of the milk ducts and results in infective mastitis known as either lactation mastitis or puerperal mastitis.
** Engorgement means breast tissues become red and swollen in response to infection or injury.
Periductal mastitis occurs in non-breastfeeding women due to the inflammation of the breast, caused by bacteria entering the breasts through a sore or cracked nipple.
Could you simplify the "terms"?
'Term' is the duration meant for nurturing and carrying a viable fetus in the womb.
Any pregnancy that lasts for about 270 days, approximately 39 weeks to 40 weeks and 6 days is regarded as FULL term.
EARLY term is 37 weeks - 38 weeks and 6 days.
41 weeks 0 days - 41 weeks six days is considered LATE term while POST term covers 42 weeks and beyond.
PRE-term is a pregnany that lasts considerably for 37 weeks.
** Extreme Pre-term babies are born 23 weeks through 28 weeks; they are referred to as 'Pre-mature'.
I do not understand the term "Quickening"?
‘Quickening’ is believed to
be the first faint (fluttering) movements of the fetus felt by the pregnant
mother; about 18 to 20 weeks in first pregnancies and two weeks earlier in
Despite the importance of exercise, does it have any effect on the position of the baby, most especially when baby is in a delicate position - "breech"?
No! Exercise is meant to make you fit, to enhance muscular coordination. Breech birth has occured successfully with no complications hence that should help reduce the fear - "delicate".
I woke up to realize I slept on my back despite the warning that it is unadvisable; I hope my baby is not badly affected?
No, harbour no fear.
For you to wake up in the first place suggests that your active body system is likely reacting, signaling for a change in position.
How often should I bath my new born baby?
2 or 3 times a week until after incision from circumcision has healed up and after the umbilical cord stump has separated from the navel. After this development, period/ time for bathing the new born baby can then change as deemed fit most especially in line with the advice of the medical adviser: Doctors, Midwives, Nurses etc.
Often times, bathing a newborn by a first time mother could be really challenging... yet, this is an activity that must be performed. The video below - a visual aid with real life example unknots the technicalities involved; as an experienced mother baths a new born baby. Watch and keep learning.