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Pregnancy Tips: Answering Common Questions Asked By Women Who Just Conceived

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By Apollo 24|7, Published on- 18 April 2023, Updated on - 19 June 2023

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The entire journey of pregnancy is thrilling yet overwhelming, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Pregnant women often have an extensive list of inquiries and concerns as they strive to ensure the safety of their unborn baby. Here, we are answering some common questions asked by women who have just conceived.

Q1. Can I take paracetamol or cold and flu medicines in the first few weeks of pregnancy?

A: Paracetamol is generally considered safe during pregnancy but it's always best to check with your doctor before taking any medications. Similarly many medications for cold and flu may interfere with the growth of the baby, thus, it is important to ask your doctor before taking any medicine.

Q2. Can I apply pain relief balm?

A: Many pain relief balms contain ingredients that are not recommended during pregnancy, such as menthol and camphor. It's best to avoid using these products, especially in the first trimester when your baby's organs are developing.

Q3. Should I take plain steam or steam with decongesting elements?

A: Plain steam is generally safe during pregnancy and can help relieve congestion. However, decongesting elements like Karvol Plus may contain ingredients that must be avoided during pregnancy. It's best to consult your healthcare provider before using any products like this.

Q4. Why shouldn't I have papaya?

A: Papaya is believed to contain a substance that can cause uterine contractions and potentially lead to miscarriage. While ripe papaya is generally considered safe to eat in moderation during pregnancy, unripe or semi-ripe papaya should be avoided.

Q5. Is hot compression allowed?

A: Hot compression can be a helpful way to relieve sore muscles or joint pain, but it's important to avoid getting too hot during pregnancy. Avoid using hot compresses on your abdomen, and take your healthcare provider’s suggestions before using them on other parts of your body.

Q6. Should I be bending down or carrying heavy weight?

A: As your pregnancy progresses, it's important to avoid activities that could strain your body excessively. This includes bending down or lifting heavy weights. If you need to lift something, use proper lifting techniques and avoid straining your back or abdomen.

Q7. Can I dye my hair during pregnancy?

A: While there is no conclusive evidence that hair dye harms unborn babies, many women choose to avoid using hair dye during pregnancy. If you choose to dye your hair, it's best to wait until after the first trimester and use an ammonia-free product.

Q8. Can I continue to exercise during pregnancy?

A: Exercise can be beneficial during pregnancy, however, you should talk to your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise routine. As your pregnancy progresses, you may need to modify your exercise routine to accommodate your changing body.

It's normal to get overwhelmed with too many suggestions, viewpoints, and online information about what foods or practices are safe during pregnancy. Obtaining professional guidance and assistance can help you solve your dilemma and help you take a breather. Always keep in mind that no solution fits all situations, and what works for one individual may not work for another. If you have any questions,

Consult An Apollo Gynaecologist


Medically reviewed by Dr Sonia Bhatt.


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