JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
- Danger signs of prenancy.
- Sign of Labour (when to go to hospital).
- Hospital bag (What to pack, for who?).
- Pain relief.
- Normal birth.
- Ceasarian section.
- Immunisation at hospital.
- Baby Jaundice.
- Baby Stimulation.
- Baby bath.
- Nappy Change.
NUTRITION IN PREGNANCY
- Foods should be carefully cooked. Grilling, steaming and stir-frying are preferable to roasting, frying or boiling. Try to cook lightly to preserve nutrient value.
- Freguent small meals are better than large meals. They are easier to digest and you will feel less uncomfortable.
- Eat a wide variety of foods.
- Use normal amounts of iodised salt.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
- Take foods containing iron with foods containing Vitamin C, as Vitamin C help absorb iron. Ideally, build up your iron supply before pregnancy.
- It is useful to keep a record of what you eat over a 24 - 48 hour period.
- If your are worried about your diet, consult your caregiver.
WHY EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY?
- Exercise leads to improved circulation, which in turn can reduce the severity of varicositis (varicose veins).
- Exercise can enhance muscular balance and strength. Learning proper posture and how to cope with postural shifts during pregnancy are essential to guarding against muscle and joint soreness.
- Exercise may help reduce swelling and oedema (abnormal swelling) of pregnancy and return mobility to swollen joints.
- Exercise may ease gastro-intestinal discomforts and constipation.
- Exercise may reduce muscle cramps.
- Exercise strenghens abdominal muscles to provide support for the back and constributes to the efficiency of the second stage of labour.
- If a woman is planning an active birth and wants to adopt alternative positions during labour, she will benefit considerably from exercise.
- Exercise that inlude the physical practice of the birth positions and breathing techniques for giving birth, are also beneficial fo women who wish to be active participants.
- Post-partum (after birth) recovery is easier and swifter for women who have exercised prenatally.
- Exercise give a women access to her body. She learns to trust and know her body's cues.
PREPARING TO BRING YOUR BABY HOME
- Unscented aqueous cream
- Baby shampoo
- Baby oil
- Baby lotion
- Baby bath lotion
- Protective bum cream
- Baby soap
- Baby powder
- Baby lotion tissues
- Cotton balls - bulk OR
- Cotton buds and surgical spirits for cored care
- Maternity pads (3 packs)
- Breast pads (3 boxes)
- Grooming - baby nail scissors/clippers
- Soft hair brush
- Medicine dropper
- Nasal aspirator
- Changing nappies
- Disposables per day (8 - 10)
- Antibacterial nappy sacks OR
- Nappy disposal dustbin
- Towelling nappies (40)
- Disposable liners (200) OR
- Washable liners (3 boxes)
- Safety pins/snappi's (12)
- Chest of drawers (+- 900mm high)
- After-bath mattress
- Shelf (optional but useful)
- Nappy stacker (optional)
- Mosquito net
- Boppy cushion (to support baby during feeding and lie on during the day)
- Comfortable chair for feeding baby
|Back||Back to top|