Q: How can I have a natural pregnancy?
A: The key to a natural pregnancy is to stay fit and healthy. Your body is designed to carry and deliver babies and has the strength and stamina to grow a new life. When you discover that you’re pregnant, taking care of your health and well-being creates a safe and supportive environment for your baby to develop.
Dr. Jothi and her team provide lifestyle advice to help you maintain your wellness throughout your pregnancy. For example, you should review and adjust your diet to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients and vitamins you need. Your diet should consist of whole, natural foods, including plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, and dairy products. While you may have some cravings, you only need around 300-400 extra calories a day.
It’s also important to stay active throughout your pregnancy, but make sure to talk to Dr. Jothi about adjusting your exercises to accommodate your changing body. At the very least, you should take a walk every day. It boosts your circulation and getting outside during the day is great for your mood and helps your body produce vitamin D.
Q: How often should I have prenatal appointments?
A: Even if you’re planning on natural pregnancy and birth, you should still have regular prenatal appointments so Dr. Jothi can monitor your health and the health and development of your baby. You’ll have an appointment once a month for the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, then every two weeks between weeks 28-36. For the final weeks of your pregnancy, you have weekly appointments.
Q: How can I tell when it’s time for my baby to be born?
A: In the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may develop irregularly timed false labor pains known as Braxton Hicks contractions. When your true labor begins, you’ll have contractions that develop a rhythm and become closer together.
Other signs of labor include pain and cramping in your lower back, a thick, slightly bloody vaginal discharge caused by your mucus plug loosening, and nausea and diarrhea. Your water breaking, which is when your amniotic sac bursts, is another sign that your labor is progressing.
When your contractions are four or five minutes apart, you should call Dr. Jothi and head to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for your delivery.
Q: What should I expect during a natural delivery?
A: Throughout your pregnancy, Dr. Jothi provides advice on what to expect during your delivery and provides resources and guidance to help you prepare. She works with you to develop a birth plan to help you feel comfortable and in control during your labor and delivery. You can learn different breathing exercises, meditation techniques, and other tools to manage discomfort.
If you’re looking for an obstetrician who will help you have a natural pregnancy and delivery, call or schedule an appointment with Dr. Jothi at Women’s Care of Bradenton today.