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FAQ for Pregnancy

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1. What is pregnancy?

The period from conception to birth where, a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus is pregnancy.


2. Is exercising during pregnancy safe?

Exercise during pregnancy is considered safe for most healthy women and can even relieve some of the discomforts of pregnancy. Some forms of exercise that are particularly good for pregnant women are walking, swimming, stationary cycling, and yoga.


3. What precautionary measures should be taken before pregnancy to ensure healthy pregnancy?

The following measures can be considered.

  • Visit a doctor for a prepregnancy checkup.
  • Eating a healthy diet (lots of leafy greens, lean proteins and fiber).
  • Get checked for hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV.
  • Get checked for any other health problems.


4. How much weight can be gained during pregnancy?

The average woman should gain about 2–4 pounds during the first 3 months of pregnancy, and 1 pound a week for the remainder of the pregnancy.

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5. Why does constipation occur during pregnancy?

Hormonal changes in your system make the intestinal movement sluggish, the stools to lose water and become hard leading to constipation.


6. Is calcium lost from teeth during pregnancy?

Calcium is not lost from the teeth during pregnancy. Calcium for the developing fetus is provided by the diet. If dietary intake of calcium is inadequate, then the body provides from the bones. An adequate intake of dairy products is the main source of calcium.


7. Does pregnancy affect gums?

During pregnancy, body’s hormone levels rise considerably. A condition called ‘Gingivitis’ occurs, which is especially common during, second to 8th month of pregnancy. It causes red, puffy or tender gums that tend to bleed when one brushes. An increased level of progesterone causes this sensitivity. A dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during second trimester or early third trimester to avoid problems. 

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: November 19, 2012