Frequently Asked Questions
- What are some of the minor ailments associated with pregnancy?
- Morning sickness/heartburn/nausea
- Back ache
- Varicose veins
- What should be avoided during pregnancy?
- Cigarette smoke
- Toxic fumes
- Auto accidents
- Excess caffeine
- What are some of the warning or danger? Signs that should be reported immediately?
- Sudden swelling
- Leaking or gushing fluids
- Pain, burning on urination
- Premature labour
- What are the signs of premature labour?
- Regular contractions not relieved by rest
- Pelvic pressure that feels like the baby is pushing down
- Abdominal cramps with or without diarrhea
- Blood or watery liquid leaking from the vagina
- What are some of the risk factors associated with pre-term labour/delivery?
- History of preterm labour/delivery or previous low infant birth-weight
- Multi-foetal pregnancy (for example, twins or triplets)
- Maternal age (less than 17 or over 35 yrs)
- Folic acid deficiency
- 3+ spontaneous terminations
- Uterine abnormalities
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Can a sick mother breastfeed her baby?
Yes. When a mother is sick, antibodies are produced to fight infection. Antibodies are secreted in the breast milk and are transferred to the baby during breastfeeding. However, there are instances when a sick mother should temporarily stop breastfeeding such as when a mother is undergoing chemotherapy or when exposed to radiation. She should be cleared first before returning to breastfeeding.
- Can women with inverted or flat nipple be able to breastfeed her baby?
Yes. Mothers with breast or nipple problem should ask help from breastfeeding/IYCF or lactation counselor in the hospital, health center, or even in the barangay with support group.
- Is it true that some women cannot breastfeed because they do not have breast milk or have insufficient supply?
All women are capable of producing milk. It is a misconception that a woman who had just given birth has no milk. The frequent suckling of the baby from her mother’s breast stimulates oxytocin (love hormone) for milk ejection. Some factors will hinder oxytocin reflex like stress, worry, pain and doubt. But this is just temporary. It is important that a breastfeeding mother is relaxed and confident that she can feed her baby optimally. Effective “suckling” will help produce breast milk.
- What is family planning?
Family planning (FP) is having the desired number of children based on desired timing by using safe and effective methods. Proper birth spacing is having children 3 to 5 years apart, which ensures the health of the mother, her child, and the entire family.
- What are the benefits of using Family Planning?
Family planning provides many benefits to the mother, her child or children, and the entire family. The mother is able to regain her health after delivery. It also provides enough time for attention, love and care for her husband and children. If she suffers from an illness, she is also afforded with enough time for treatment and recovery. Healthy mothers produce healthy children.
They will get sufficient attention, security, love, and care that they deserve.