Pregnancy is a time of great happiness and also of many doubts among new moms. Constant changes in body and mood, sensations hitherto unknown and anxiety in knowing the face of great love generate many questions among pregnant women. With this in mind, Graão de Gente conducted a live broadcast on Facebook and Instagram with gynecologist and obstetrician Gilberto Mello. In the middle of Pregnant Women’s Day, August 15th, the specialist answered questions about how to care for a healthier post-partum period.
Read below the doctor’s answers to the questions most asked by moms in our social networks.
Healthier postpartum: Do you need to take vitamins during pregnancy?
“The best vitamin is the mother’s good diet,” explains the doctor. According to him, when pregnant women have a healthy diet as a routine, they don’t always need to supplement it with vitamins. When it is necessary, folic acid is indicated in the first weeks, during the period of neurological formation. When the baby begins to grow even more, the ideal is to take vitamins of calcium and iron, mainly due to the formation of blood and tissues. “It is worth remembering that the vitamin is for the mother, not for the baby. The baby already absorbs all the necessary nutrients from the mother”.
Vitamin supplementation has direct postpartum benefits. Iron, for example, prevents mother from having anaemia and hair loss. However, the vitamins and their respective brands should be indicated directly by each pregnant woman’s obstetrician.
Weight loss or increase during pregnancy
The gynecologist explained that the woman can lose weight at the beginning of pregnancy without causing any kind of problem to the baby, as it continues to absorb the mother’s nutrients. “However, we always indicate that they put a thread of olive oil on the food so that there is greater caloric gain and increased intake of foods such as avocado, banana and oats.
The specialist also pointed out that in the first semester the pregnant woman can put on up to 1kg and, throughout the pregnancy, the ideal is that the gain on the scale is up to 9kg, which corresponds to the weight of the baby, the placenta, breast augmentation, liquids and other changes in the body of the pregnant woman.
Pregnancy pains: you need to be aware of the symptoms
Asked by a pregnant woman who felt her tummy was hard, Dr. Gilberto Mello made a warning: care must be taken with some types of pain so as not to confuse training contraction with contractions ahead of time. “The training contractions take place from 36 weeks, in the last month. Before that, the pregnant woman must be alert. If the belly is soft, it may be a stuck intestine or urinary infection. If the belly gets hard, it is a sign of contraction. Before 36 weeks, there’s a risk of premature birth. It is very important to prevent prematurity”.
Specific care: main prohibitions
The doctor has reinforced some forbidden cares and attitudes for pregnant women, especially at the beginning of pregnancy, such as drinking alcohol, using hair chemicals or taking sweetener. The specialist also highlighted the need to avoid sugars, weight control and healthy eating care to escape gestational diabetes.
Can pregnant women engage in physical activity?
According to Gilberto Mello, physical activities are released, but with some restrictions. “Those who already practice some activity can continue with 50% of the effort they made before, especially in the first 12 weeks. The mother who did not do any activity, the ideal is not to start right at the beginning of the pregnancy. In the postpartum period, after the first month, the activities can return little by little”, she warns.
Regarding hygiene, he warned that hot baths and soaps directly on the nipple dry the skin and can harm breastfeeding.
Another doubt among pregnant women was in relation to breastfeeding and contraceptive methods. “Contraceptives based on progesterone are more tranquil and safer. Hormone implants and hormone diu are also interesting methods. The common pill, however, is only indicated when the mother stops breastfeeding”.
Do you want to know everything that gynecologist and obstetrician Gilberto Mello explained during the live broadcast on the People’s Grain social networks? In addition to the subjects covered in the text, the doctor answered many other questions. See in full!
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