NOTICE: Setting limits and protecting your well-being is essential for a healthy pregnancy
By Doris Kaitha
When a woman is sexually active and doesn’t have her period as expected, the worry begins. Some women have difficulty conceiving or carrying a pregnancy until their due date during their childbearing years.
For some other women, the lack of a normal menstrual cycle may be of concern as it may indicate pregnancy or be related to illness or stress.
It is considered to be one of the main possible signs of early pregnancy. In essence, it just means that you haven’t had your normal menstrual cycle or your period as expected.
Throughout her life, a woman can miss her period for a variety of reasons, including rapid weight change, which can lead to a lack of estrogen leading to hormonal imbalances and therefore miss your period.
Missing a period can be alarming, but there is usually a simple explanation. However, if your period has not been on for more than 40 days, it’s best to make an appointment with your healthcare provider to see what’s going on.
If there is a chance that you are pregnant and your cycles are usually regular, it may be time to take a pregnancy test. Being sure of your pregnancy status will help you make healthy lifestyle choices.
During the first 6-10 weeks of your pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Your baby is growing very quickly, even though you may not feel it yet.
You may start to feel different, both in your body and in your emotions. Because every pregnancy is unique, there is no right way to feel. You may feel healthier than you have ever been, or you may feel tired or upset (“morning sickness”).
Some women without information may not find it necessary to go to a clinic, but antenatal care is very essential and you are likely to have a healthy birth if you maintain a healthy pregnancy. For example, screening for birth defects may be done during the first trimester.
Women need to understand that whatever they do, whether it’s eating or resting, is for two. It’s easy to get caught up in everything, but protecting your well-being and that of the baby is essential for a healthy pregnancy.
Chores won’t end while you’re pregnant. So it is very important to set limits and say no – guilt-free – to anything that doesn’t serve you. Give yourself time whenever you need it.
Take enough time to sleep, meditate, or read – whatever you need to do to rejuvenate yourself – just do it. True self-care is listening to your body. It is essential to think of pregnancy as your 9 month permission to take a break, to please yourself, your to-do list can wait.
Since a lot is happening in the digital world – we are bombarded with information 24 hours a day – for your pregnancy, you can schedule at least one digital detox day per week – it will serve you well.
Eating a balanced diet is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby. However, avoid eating raw meat, eggs, and fish to avoid risking food poisoning.
While you probably don’t start showing until your second trimester, you may find that your pants get harder to button up and your bras are a bit tighter.
Invest in larger bras and opt for flowing, baggy dresses and tops to hold you back until you need to shop for maternity clothes.
It is common for many women in their first trimester to worry about a miscarriage or other pregnancy complications. Staying positive is healthiest for you and your baby.
Remember, it’s not a sprint: it’s a marathon. Nine months is a long time, so don’t think you have to be fully prepared for the baby right away.
Take the time to plan and take care of yourself, and don’t hesitate to see a doctor when needed.
Ms. Kathia is a Youth Advocate at NAYA Kenya
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