In preparation to deliver a new life, a mother’s body undergoes a number of changes. Pregnancy Awareness Week (6 -12 February) is commemorated to promote and educate women and the public about pregnancy and enhance healthy pregnancies as well as healthy babies.
Along with attending antenatal classes, eating healthy food, exercising regularly and avoiding harmful substances, pregnant women can ensure they have a stress free pregnancy by surrounding themselves with the right professionals.
With the right support system, a facility that best suits pregnant mothers and healthy lifestyle choices, pregnancy can be a pleasurable experience, despite the number of changes that take place. Jeanell du Plessis, Unit Manager at Genesis Maternity Clinic, answers key questions about pregnancy and what new mothers can expect:
- What are some of the biggest misconceptions about pregnancy?
Pregnancy is many times seen as a disease or condition that needs to be treated and managed. Most moms are low risk, and require very little if any intervention. With the right care taker, supportive environment and positive mind set you can have the most amazing and empowering birthing experience.
- What are some of the biggest health risks while being pregnant?
While most pregnancies may be low risk, du Plessis warns that a small amount of pregnancies do develop complications. These can be life threatening to both mom and baby. Having a qualified and skilled care taker is of utmost importance to all pregnant moms.
- How can you ensure a safe pregnancy and birth?
Choose a care provider with whom you are comfortable, and who will assist you in making the best decisions for YOUR birth and YOUR baby. Select a facility that caters in your needs. Empower yourself with information so that you can make well informed decisions.
- Any pregnancy tips that may help first time moms?
Enjoy your pregnancy, you only birth a baby once. Make well informed decisions and surround yourself with a supportive and extensive support system – both during the pregnancy and afterwards.