Vitamin D deficiency
This is due a combination of more doctors checking Vitamin D levels in “well” people and also an increased incidence with people being encouraged to stay out of the sun, to cover up and to use strong sun screens to help prevent the sun causing skin cancers especially malignant melanoma. Vitamin D is great because it helps to develop your baby’s bones. Significant Vitamin D deficiency reduces the amount of calcium your baby has in their bones and in very severe can cause a bone deformity called rickets...
Weight gain in pregnancy
Weight gain in pregnancy is definitely an important issue for women. It varies from one person to another. On average there is a 6-12kgs increase in weight during pregnancy. Extreme weight gain of more than 25kgs in pregnancy may be associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, large foetus and complex birth. The main reason for watching your weight is to ensure the wellbeing of the mother and baby.
Travel in pregancy
It is generally considered that you should not be embarking on traveling any significant distance beyond 36 weeks gestation. This is because of the risk of going into labour while you are on the plane.
Some airlines and travel agents insist on you get a medical certificate stating it is safe to travel. This should not be a problem with domestic flights before 36 weeks.
Sex in pregnancy
There are normally no restrictions on sexual activities in pregnancy, however if you developed any bleeding or water loss, you should stop sexual activity till reviewed.
Viral and bacterial infections in pregnancy are common due to reduced a weaker immune system during pregnancy. Women should be aware of the differing symptoms they encounter and ways to prevent and treat it.