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Pregnancy Questions You Had In Mind But Never Asked

We know you have many pregnancy questions in mind. We also know that many of you are hesitant to discuss them with your doctor. Relax! Here we are with those questions, along with their answers.

Question #1

Is sex during pregnancy safe?

Sexual intercourse causes no harm to your baby, as it is suspended in the amniotic sac filled with fluid in your uterus. As long as you feel no discomfort, you can fearlessly have sex during pregnancy. In fact, it helps you to unwind and develop a deep bond with your mate, which is essential during this time.

Question #2

What contraception method should be used after delivery?

The contraception method that is best for you depends on how soon you want another baby. Nature actually has the best tool for birth control - breast feeding. If you decide you want to breast-feed (which will also increase the bond between you and your baby) the hormones in your body that are active will be a strong method of birth control. Of course, you should still use other short term methods including condoms and/or spermicides. If you're not in a hurry for a second baby, and want some longer-term options, you can use contraceptive injections, 'the pill', or even an intra-uterine device (once it has returned to normal size) to prevent another pregnancy.

Question #3

Are there chances of getting piles during pregnancy?

Yes, there are chances. During pregnancy, your anus veins and walls get inflamed. The flow of blood slows down. This leads to a throbbing sensation in the veins and you feel pain. There are certain precautions to take for decreasing the chances of getting piles or hemorrhoids. You should:

  • Drink gallons of fluids and take lots of fiber in your diet to prevent constipation
  • Avoid straining when using the toilet; try to relax your muscles
  • Exercise regularly, along with pelvic floor exercises. They enhances circulation of blood around the anus
  • In case you get piles, don't panic. Consult your doctor or midwife for a suitable treatment.

Question #4

Is it really painful when the doctor or midwife measures cervical dilation?

Not really. The doctor or midwife makes sure they move their fingers gently inside you. They insert two fingers into your vagina and examine how much your cervix has opened. They do this by opening their fingers and feeling around them. They also feel the softness of your cervix and its position. Although you might feel slight discomfort, it isn't painful. Try to remain relaxed as much as possible. You might feel pain, if you're highly tensed, as it contracts the muscles. Try to distract yourself from the process happening down below.

Question #5

Are there instances when the water bag needs to be broken manually?

Yes. Your doctor will tell you about it. However, they'll carry out the process only after your consent. You can always refuse if you feel uncomfortable. If it's absolutely essential, you might want to go for it. In this case, the doctor performs the usual vaginal test. Then, she inserts a thin long plastic hook inside you. She will brush the hook over your water bag. This is enough to break it. The cervix has to be open fully to perform this process.

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