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Pregnancy is a blessing that every woman goes through at least once during her lifetime. However, there are many myths associated with it that make our new mothers-to-be confused and anxious in terms of their own as well as their baby’s health. Here, I shall discuss a few routine measures pregnant women can take to ensure a healthy and uneventful pregnancy journey.

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  • Avoid heavy work heavy weight lifting.
  • Avoid Sexual intercourse during the first three months of pregnancy to avoid unnecessary bleeding, pain or discharge.
  • Avoid excessive or unwanted travelling.
  • Simple walks of about 30 to 45 minutes a day are allowed and recommended during pregnancy (split into 15 minutes after each meal during the day).
  • Excessive exercises/ weights are to be avoided.
  • Take all precautions to avoid X-rays.
  • Avoid taking any medications without consultation with your gynecologist.
  • Tab. Folic acid 5 mg once daily after dinner.
  • Tab. Doxinate: A need-based medication for nausea/ vomiting- One tablet at 12:00 PM and Two tablets at bedtime (10:00 PM).


  • Avoid oily/ spicy food/ outside food to avoid gastritis during pregnancy.
  • Avoid excessive ghee/ makhan/ fried food.
  • Avoid excessive refined sugars/ shakkar.
  • Take small frequent meals (5-6 times) during the day.
  • Avoid forcing yourself to eat what you don’t like.
  • Drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily.
  • Take plenty of fluids/ lassi/ nimbu paani/ smoothies/ warm fluids/ soups, etc. (according to the weather).
  • Take five different seasonal fruits during the day.
  • Take a fist full of nuts - Almonds/ walnuts (soak them at night & eat in the morning).
  • Take milk/ yoghurt/ paneer/ tofu/ sprouts/ salads/ soups/ makhanas.
  • Take your choice of home-cooked non-veg food twice a week (If applicable).


During pregnancy, routinely, patients are advised to do a few blood investigations to ensure optimum maternal health and a few detailed ultrasound scans to ensure a healthy baby. We generally advise patients to do the following blood tests:

  • Blood group
  • Complete blood count to rule out any anemia or infections
  • Thyroid profile
  • Blood sugar profile
  • Urine Routine examination to rule out urine infection
  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis to rule out certain specific types of anemia known as Thalassemia
  • Checking immunity of certain infections – Rubella and varicella
  • Checking blood (of both Husband and wife) for certain infections like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis to ensure that these are not being transmitted to the baby through the blood during pregnancy

The following scans are generally advised to pregnant women to pick up any genetic problems like Down’s Syndrome:

  • A genetic scan called the NT/ NB scan and a genetic blood test called the Dual screen at 11-14 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Another genetic blood test is Quadruple Screen between 15-20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • A detailed scan from head to toe of the baby called the Anomaly or Level 2 scan at about 18-20 weeks to see every baby organ in detail to pick up any malformations.
  • A detailed scan of the baby’s heart called Fetal Echo at 22-24 weeks.
  • Regular growth scans from 28 weeks to ensure a healthy growing baby.

Performing these tests on pregnant women enables us to pick up any problems early on in pregnancy and provide the necessary treatment at the earliest, thus avoiding adverse consequences for both the mother and the baby.

Also Read : First trimester pregnancy: What to expect?


  • Enter the pregnancy journey with a healthy body and mind.
  • Start taking folic acid at least about three months before planning pregnancy.
  • Choose your gynecologist wisely – make sure they are easily approachable and answer all your queries patiently.
  • To perform all blood tests and scans advised as recommended by your gynecologist.
  • Choose a hospital for delivery that is well equipped with all maternal and neonatal care facilities.

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