Baby Questions: Part 1

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There are hundreds of questions a woman will ask herself upon discovering she is pregnant. Since most pregnancies are unplanned the first questions is usually, “Now what do I do?”

First let’s start with some basics; some women are not taught basic sexual education while in school and because of that are totally unprepared. Many girls think that because they are menstruating they cannot become pregnant, which is completely untrue. While it is unusual to become pregnant while menstruating it is not impossible. Every woman’s body is different, and some women ovulate while they are on their period, particularly if they have very irregular periods such as once every two or three months.

Pulling out before ejaculation or coitus interruptus is a birth control method used by many because it is free, but it is not foolproof. Sperm can still exist in the pre-ejaculate fluid, and the male must have self-control to enable this method to work.

Entering into motherhood is not a decision to be taken lightly. Babies take an enormous amount of money to raise, as well as bucket loads of patience.

Once a woman finds out she is pregnant, her lifestyle must change as she is now providing for another life. Diet is a huge consideration as potato chips and chocolate bars are not going to provide the nutrition a growing baby will need. If the mother-to-be is a smoker or a drinker, both will need to stop. Both smoking and drinking have been shown to be detrimental to the growth of a fetus and can cause birth defects or even death to the fetus. Prenatal vitamins must be taken to ensure that the baby is receiving the folic acid needed for growth, and doctors’ visits will become a normal part of the routine. While a woman is pregnant she will see her doctor once a month in the beginning, twice a month after week 28 of the pregnancy, and once a week after week 36.

Once baby and mother are home safe and sound, the newborn must be observed to ensure they are doing well and growing properly. A newborn must produce urine and bowel movements in the first 24 hours at home. There should be no wheezing or unusually breathing issues, and any yellow coloring should be noted and a doctor contacted. If the child’s appetite is poor or they stop eating completely this is a cause for concern and the doctor would be contacted immediately.

One of the first milestones for a baby is rolling over on their own. This should occur by month seven and if it has not, the baby’s physician should be notified so that they can access this during the baby’s check-up. It does not necessarily mean there is something wrong; babies will develop as their own pace and some skip the rolling over completely and go straight to sitting up.

There are many websites that will tell you just about everything there is to know about a baby however, the family doctor is the one that should be consulted if there is a question.

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