Tips for the 10 Months of Pregnancy and Postpartum Care!

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10 Months Pregnancy: Information at a Glance

1. 1st Month of Pregnancy

Although it is technically called being one month pregnant, it is difficult to confirm whether or not you are pregnant. If you are preparing for a planned pregnancy, it is recommended that both men and women take nutritional supplements such as folic acid and avoid drug abuse, smoking, and alcohol. After you become pregnant, your body may feel like you have a low fever, so be careful not to mistake it for a cold.

2. 2nd Month of Pregnancy

If your pregnancy test is a confirmed positive, visit the obstetrics and gynecologist for the first treatment. General blood tests and ultrasound tests are performed to check the overall condition of the mother and baby. Most of the time, morning sickness starts between the 6th and 10th weeks of pregnancy.

3. 3rd Month of Pregnancy

Since this is the early stage of pregnancy with a high risk of miscarriage, special stability is required. Refrain from excessive activities and take care of yourself until you enter the stabilisation period (middle of pregnancy). It is often difficult to eat because of severe morning sickness, but in the early stages of pregnancy, the mother's reserves of nutrients can help the baby grow up healthy, so don't worry too much. Eat what you want, little by little, often. At this time, a test called fetal nuchal translucency test, or primary malformation test, is done.

4. 4th Month of Pregnancy

Morning sickness gradually decreases and the risk of miscarriage is reduced. You may want to consider exercising during pregnancy. Still, don't overdo it. When morning sickness is reduced, it is good to eat a lot because your appetite is higher. However, excessive calories can actually harm your health, so eat an appropriate amount of food in a healthy way.

5. 5th Month of Pregnancy

You may feel that your breasts are getting bigger, and your stomach is getting bigger. A blood test to screen for birth defects is called a quad test. Check for possible conditions such as Down’s syndrome through tests. If you are in a high-risk group, you may be offered an amniocentesis test. This is the earliest time that you will feel fetal movement.

6. 6th Month of Pregnancy

Because the stomach swells, it is difficult to focus, and your back pain may worsen. Indigestion may occur. This is the time to look for abnormalities in the appearance of the fetus through a detailed ultrasound examination. In the middle of pregnancy, most of the fetal organs are formed and amniotic fluid is abundant, so it is good for precision ultrasound examination.

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7. 7th Month of Pregnancy

You should get tested for gestational diabetes in your 7th month of pregnancy. As the baby's brain develops rapidly, it can start to distinguish the voices of its caregivers. Please work hard on prenatal education and think about your baby room interiors and maternity products, because the later months of pregnancy can make it difficult to be active.

8. 8th Month of Pregnancy

As the development of the fetus is completed and childbirth is near, the mother's body quickly becomes tired. As the fetus grows stronger and the fetus grows, the uterus rises, and the feeling of stuffiness will continue. Do not overdo it as the risk of premature birth increases at this stage, and if you have severe stomach cramps, please visit a hospital.

9. 9th Month of Pregnancy

As the height of the uterus increases, indigestion occurs and edema increases. Shortness of breath and persistent discomfort may persist. Find a comfortable way to lie down and rest. Constipation, chest pain, and itchy skin can cause a number of discomforts. During this time, think about breathing strategies or your plan for childbirth. However, excessive worrying does not help, so control of your stress levels is also required.

10. 10th Month of Pregnancy

It's finally the last month! Please support your body that has suffered a lot. Visit your gynecologist once a week for regular checkups. It is a strange time when a baby is born. Consider the possibility of labor pains and create an emergency contact network and a birth kit in advance, so that you can run to the hospital at any time!

*The above timings may vary slightly depending on individual conditions. Please take a look at the overall flow!

Basic Guidelines for Postpartum Care

1. How long is postpartum care?

The postpartum care period is usually from 3 weeks to 100 days. Our ancestors observe the three chill days (21 days after childbirth), and they use a gold cord to block the entrance of family members and neighbors. Even our ancestors knew empirically that for three weeks, mothers and newborns had to stay in of the house and protect themselves. It takes 3-4 weeks for the uterus to return to its pre-natal state.

Postpartum care is sometimes taken up to 100 days, because it takes about 3 months for the mother's bones to return to normal after childbirth. At this time, it is okay to proceed with all your daily life tasks. However, it is a time when the mother's body is still weak, so try not to overdo it.

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2. What are the basic guidelines for postpartum care?

Have the right lifestyle, a comfortable environment, and healthy food.

The basic guidelines for postpartum care are having the correct lifestyle and good food. It should not be too cold to prevent the feeling of postpartum wind or a chill. The indoor temperature is 24-27 degrees, and the humidity should be around 60%. Take a shower for less than 10 minutes and brush your teeth gently as your teeth and gums are weak. Light walking exercises can be done right after childbirth, but don’t exercise too much. Rather than focusing only on eating a lot of nourishing food, think of it as consuming regular, timely, and easy-to-digest meals.


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