For those who are due this year, and those who are planning to fall pregnant in 2017, here is a summary of current pregnancy trends.
Exercising until the end
More women are not slowing down when it comes to exercising while they are pregnant.
Midwives are more common
Pregnancy trends show that more women opt for a midwife to deliver their baby, as they are looking for personalised care with less intervention.
Hospitals are going wireless
More hospitals are now using wireless foetal telemetry (to monitor the foetus) so that the mother-to-be can be mobile before giving birth.
Pregnant women are stylish
The fashion industry has taken a keen interest in maternity wear, and this is why we are seeing more stylish pregnant women.
Post-baby spa treatments at hospitals
There is an increase in number of hospitals offering enticing perks to ensure the post-baby experience is enhanced.
Women want fairness at work
The modern mom is equipped with information on rules and their rights around pregnancy and maternity leave. More women want to be assured their jobs are secure after pregnancy.
Birthing centres are big
Pregnancy trends reveal that many pregnant women are choosing birthing centres for a “home-like experience”. They are also finding birthing centres, especially those at hospitals, to be safer.
Cord milking and delayed clamping are more popular
“We’re seeing more women request delayed clamping, due to new research that shows that if you wait until the umbilical cord stops pulsating (about two minutes) the baby gets a little extra blood from the placenta, which helps protect him from diseases, such as anaemia,” says US gynaecologist Dr Jacques Moritz.
More couples are also deciding to bank their baby’s cord blood and cord tissue to ensure that his stem cells will be available in the future.
Pregnant women are benefiting from advanced research, which has made delivery easier for both mom and baby.
More women believe the placenta has power
A final, and maybe weirder, pregnancy trend is that more women, in the hope of relieving postnatal stress, request that their midwives grind the placenta to be sprinkled over their food or taken as a pill. A small study found 76% of women reported benefits from doing so. Some gynaes, though, suspect that it’s due to the placebo effect.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.