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Preggy Worries: What to do about your Top 3 FearsPregnancy can make even the most confident woman feel shaky – but there are ways to feel on top of your game again.by Blessie Adlaon .
Pregnancy can be an anxious time for many of us. We worry whether the baby in our tummy is okay. We worry about childbirth – will it hurt? We worry, too, about our changing body and about how we look, with the extra weight we get.
Because pregnancy brings about such huge changes in our life, worrying is certainly normal – but there are ways to alleviate it, no matter which area in your pregnancy you feel doubtful about.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Worry # 1: What if I miscarry?
The biggest thing that haunts a lot of pregnant women is the prospect of miscarriage – according to the Mayo Clinic, up to 20% of all known pregnancies end too early, before the baby can survive outside the womb.
Still, often, our worries are needless. Here are a few things to remember about miscarriage:
1. Most of the everyday things we do don’t cause miscarriage.
Lifting and straining do not cause miscarriage in normal pregnancies. Neither do exercise and sex.Of course, if you have a history of spotting or previous miscarriage, your doctor may put you on bed rest, and you probably will not be allowed to do any of these things. But if your doctor says your pregnancy is going well, you should believe your doctor and live your daily life without fear of endangering your baby.
2. Many known causes of miscarriage are things we eat and drink.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
A few things have been proven to increase miscarriage risk: alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and certain medications.
Therefore, for the duration of your pregnancy, limit your alcohol intake to one glass twice a week. Avoid soda, coffee, teas (especially those that contain guarana), and energy drinks, which contain caffeine. Stop smoking; it will be bad for your baby too, after he or she is born. And do not, under any circumstance, take illicit drugs.
Speaking of drugs, make sure all medicines you ingest are known to your ob/gyn. Some medications, such as ibuprofen, are suspected of increasing one’s risk of miscarriage. Others, such as some anticonvulsants, can cause either miscarriage or birth defects.
If you need a certain drug to maintain your own well-being, consult your doctor. He or she will prescribe the drugs that are safest for you and your baby. Self-prescription is dangerous in any circumstance, but it is even more so when you are pregnant.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW1 of 4 NEXT