This article presents the facts concerning pregnancy and is intended to make pregnant women aware of what is happening to them. It is also intended to inform them about the many changes associated with pregnancy so that they are aware of some of the warning signs of dangers which may be involved.
Pregnant women are highly susceptible to suggestion and it is very difficult to warn them about complications without creating doubts or making them afraid. Antenatal care today prevents many complications and can deal satisfactorily with most of those that do arise, and as long as pregnant women attend the antenatal clinic regularly and heed any warning symptoms they need not worry about their progress.
A normal pregnancy requires very little more than a certain amount of homage, and it is reasonable to expect a woman to take more care of herself when she is pregnant. She should have more rest; she should not take drugs and should not expose herself to undue dangers or to the risk of infections which might possibly harm her unborn infant.
The pregnant woman can behave almost normally in the early part of pregnancy apart from these cautions, since the foetus is extremely well protected within the uterus. She need not restrict her activities in any way, unless she usually undertakes a lot of physical activity, in which case she should-ask her doctor about continuing. The ability of a pregnancy to continue quite normally despite the most outrageous insults is shown by the number of women who attempt to get rid of unwanted pregnancies and find that all their efforts are completely unsuccessful.