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Dr. Reiaz Mohammed, MB.BS (UWI), MRCOG (UK)
Specialist Obstetrician & Gynecologist
Gulf View Medical Centre.
Almost everyone you meet will
have an opinion about your preg-
nancy. Your tummy is either too
big or too small; you should do
this and not do that. It can be-
come quite frustrating -especially
when you are bombarded with
conflicting information. The best
way to prevent this is to ask your
doctor, NO question is a stupid
question. Some topics may seem
embarrassing to bring up but I
can assure you that the majority
of pregnant patients and their
partners have the same ques-
tions and concerns. Hopefully I
will be able to clarify some of
your pregnancy concerns.
Is it safe to have sex during preg-
If you have had a healthy preg-
nancy there is no reason why a cou-
ple cannot have sex during
pregnancy. It helps to keep a level of
intimacy between you and your
partner. It not only helps to keep
your relationship healthy but it also
decreases the chances of having
sexual problems after the baby is
The main concern that couples
have is that sex can hurt the baby.
Even with your partner on top, sex
is safe during pregnancy. The thick
mucus plug that seals the mouth of
the womb (cervix) helps guard
against infection and the amniotic
sac (water bag) and strong muscles
of the womb help protect the baby.
Sometimes it can be difficult to
find a comfortable position for sex,
especially in the later stages of
pregnancy. Many pregnant women
find that being on top is best as it
puts no weight on the abdomen and
allows more control.
There are certain circumstances
when your doctor may advise
against sex during pregnancy. If you
have had bleeding in early preg-
nancy it may be best to avoid sex
until you reach 14 weeks. You may
also be advised to avoid sex if you
have a history of cervical weakness,
if your water bag has burst or if you
have a low lying afterbirth (pla-
Remember that your partner will
have concerns. Communication and
openness are the keys to maintain-
ing a healthy relationship during
your pregnancy and afterwards.
Should I exercise during preg-
It is recommended that pregnant
women get at least 30 minutes of
exercise per day. It should include a
combination of both aerobic physi-
cal activity and muscle strengthen-
Aerobic activity is any activity
that makes your heart and lungs
work harder e.g. brisk walking and
swimming. Muscle strengthening
activities include climbing stairs,
walking uphill and any similar resist-
There are certain precautions that
pregnant women should take when
1) After 16 weeks of pregnancy, you
should not exercise while you are
lying on your back.
2) You should avoid exercises
where you may lose your balance
and fall such as cycling and gym-
3) Contact sports such as
squash, boxing etc are obviously
not advised during pregnancy.
There are many benefits of exer-
cise during pregnancy. You are more
likely to keep a healthy weight dur-
ing and after your pregnancy, you
Any which way you look at it men, there
is no plausible excuse in this modern day
and age in which we live to continue
drying out your skin with regular soap
and water. Buy these for your loved
one and help him to make that
change to a refreshed and better
skin care regime today.
1. Clean and Clear Oil Control Blotters.
2. Pond's Clarant B Moisturizer for Oily
3. St Ives Apricot Scrub Exfoliator.
4. M.A.C Cosmetics Mattifier.
5. M.A.C Cosmetics Ricky Lip Condi-
6. Clinique Scruffing Lotion 3.5
7. Clinique Liquid Face Wash.
8. Clinique M Protect Broad Spectrum
SPF 21 Daily Hydration and Protection.
9. Clinique Age Defense for Eyes.
10. Clinique M Shave Aloe Gel.
sleep better and feel less tired.
You have a lower risk of devel-
oping varicose veins, swelling of
the feet, back pain, diabetes and
high blood pressure if you exer-
cise during the pregnancy. You
are also more likely to have a
shorter labour and have fewer
complications during the deliv-
ery of your baby.
It is therefore very important
for pregnant women to try and
build exercise into their daily
routine. Take the stairs-not the
elevator; take a brisk walk at
lunchtime, the less it seems like
formal exercise the easier it will
Is it true that you shouldn't
sleep on your back during
This is true.
Although it is safe to do so
during the first 16 weeks I nor-
mally advise patients to get into
the habit of sleeping on their
left side from early on in the
Lying on your back can inter-
fere with the blood flow to the
baby. Sleeping on your left side
is best because it increases the
flow of blood and nutrients to
the baby. It may also help the
kidneys get rid of excess fluids
and waste thereby decreasing
swelling in your body.
When lying on your left side
bend your knees and place two
or more pillows between them
to keep pressure off the mus-
cles around your hips. If you
wake up at night and find you
are lying on your back, don't
panic just turn over to your left
side and go back to sleep.
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