Q1: How do I calculate the expected date of birth?
A: The baby’s gestational age is calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period. 4 weeks is equal to 1 pregnancy month. If the menstrual period is postponed about five days, the test strip is able to detect positive for HCG in urine and there is menopause for about 35 days, then it is that one is five weeks pregnant. The baby’s date of birth is 9 months after the mother’s last menstrual period, give or take -3 to +9 days. For example, if the last menstrual period was on November 20th of this year, then the baby should be born by August 27th next year.
Q2: What is the most suitable body weight gain in total?
A: The mother’s weight gain is usually minor. However, the baby’s weight gain tends to be much higher. There are also cases where the baby becomes overweight due to the mother’s excessive weight gain. A healthy weight gain throughout pregnancy would be about 12.5kg. An increase of 0.5kg per week on average in the third trimester is the most appropriate.
Q3: What if a mother is suffering from Hepatitis B?
A: The possibility of fetal infection with hepatitis B is high. Doctors recommend regular reviews on the liver function. During the birth of the baby, try to avoid the birth canal from being infected with hepatitis B. This can be done by getting an injection and vaccine within 24 hours after birth.
Q4: Is there a need to do an ECG?
A: The initial inspection is to understand the cardiac function of pregnant women to order to rule out heart diseases to ensure that they can withstand childbirth. Around the 32nd to 34th week of pregnancy, it is necessary to review the ECG. The doctors will take a look at the heart to check for any abnormalities.