Most women can agree that getting pregnant is an important chapter in their lives. The joy of finally having a baby in your tummy and achieving your dream of motherhood is fulfilling and exciting at the same time. You can expect the friends and family of a would-be mother to shower her blessings – hoping she has a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.
If you’re certain you are pregnant, then here are some important things to keep in mind. Listed down below are a few pieces of advice from Dr. Pete Crisostomo – a renowned Obstetrician and Gynecologist from the De La Salle-UMC Hospital in Dasmariñas, Cavite. He happens to be a good friend of our “Doktor ng Bayan“ Dr. Willie Ong.
via twitter.com/docwillieong1. During the first trimester of pregnancy, eating food rich in folic acid is highly recommended. Folic acid helps your baby fight the risk of having mental illnesses, and damage to their spinal cord and nerves. Eating three cups of vegetables such as potatoes, beans, peanut, butter as well as green leafy vegetables like spinach, horseradish, cabbage, and sweet potato leaves are recommended.
2. As much as possible, avoid from taking medicines as these medications can have a side effect on your baby. Consult a doctor first before doing so.
3. On the last three months before you are expected to give birth, eat a lot of food that are rich in Calcium and Iron. During this period, the baby in your womb needs lots of calcium since this is the time their bones develop. Iron is needed for the production of their blood. Calcium is commonly present in milk, ice cream, sardines, cheese, yogurt, anchovy, and horseradish. While iron is found in liver, spinach, sardines, and green leafy vegetables.
4. Pregnancy causes stress. This is because the baby takes in food and nutrients directly from their mother. That’s why most women who have lots of children are prone to being anemic and having weak bones. To allow your body to recover, wait for at least three months before planning on having on another baby.
5. There is an old Filipino saying that states “When you are pregnant, your one foot is in the grave.” It is because there are lots of complications during pregnancy that can be risky for both mother and child. It is safe to say that it is advisable for a woman to get pregnant before reaching the age of 35 because the older you get, the harder it would become for you to bear a child. Also, there is a tendency that your baby will have health disorder such as Down Syndrome.
6. Eating the right food, having enough sleep, and avoiding vices are very important things that you should keep in mind.
7. Consult an obgyne in your nearest hospital and make sure to have your regular pre-natal check-up.
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Ang health tips sa website na ito ay hango sa mga artikulong nailathala sa libro, dyaryo, at iba-ibang social media sites ng tanyag na doktor na si Doc Willie Ong. Kami ay naniniwala at sumusuporta sa mabuting hangarin ng ating Doktor ng Bayan.
The health tips on this website are based on articles published in books, periodicals and various social media sites by Doctor Willie Ong. We believe and fully support the good intentions of our ‘Doktor ng Bayan.’
SOURCE: DR. WILLIE ONG