Pregnancy and Lactation
A look at the nutritional needs of a woman as she goes through the most complex of the three major transitions in a woman’s life.
By DR PRIYADARSHINI KAMAT
This is the second in a series of articles on “The Three Rebirths of a Woman”. The second rebirth, of pregnancy and lactation, is the most complex of the three, and one of the most difficult transitions for a woman. The mother’s immune system has to compromise itself in order to allow a foreign chromosome to grow in and at the cost of itself. This is when the mother becomes susceptible to a myriad of viral
infections. The uterus, which is usually a pelvic organ, grows in huge dimensions and begins to occupy the abdominal cavity, thereby compressing the intestines, urinary system and blood vessels in the abdomen. This can lead to constipation, swelling of the feet and back pain. The stomach is almost pushed into the oesophagus around the second half of the third trimester, which results in severe reflux.
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