How To Have A Healthy, Happy Pregnancy
Congratulations! Now that you have found out you are expecting a little bundle of joy, you may have a lot of questions about what the next nine months will hold for you. While pregnancy is a great experience, there are some tips and tricks to getting through it that we want to share here with you. You're OBGYN will give you a supply of prenatal vitamins. You need to take a prenatal vitamin every day. These will give you some of the vitamins that you may not be getting from your diet, and will help your baby grow healthy in your womb. Inform any doctor before a medical procedure if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. This includes your dentist as well. There are certain drugs that shouldn't be given and procedures that shouldn't be done for a women who is pregnant or on her way to pregnancy. A great thing that you can do, in order to have a healthy pregnancy, is to educate yourself.
This is very important, especially to women who are pregnant for the first time. This can be done by reading books related to pregnancy and in the long run, will help not only when laboring but also, when preparing for it. Sleeping can become increasingly difficult as you get towards the end of your pregnancy. Find a great body pillow or maternity pillow that works for you. These are designed to give you the full body support that you need as you sleep. You will wake up less often and have less pain in the morning. If you are pregnant, try to go swimming when you can. Not only is it a healthy exercise for all people, but for pregnant woman, it helps prevent those pesky leg aches and keeps you from gaining too much weight.
Do not over do it though. If you feel yourself getting fatigued, stop. Learn relaxation techniques and make sure to practice them at least once a day. Having some time to relax with breathing and calming exercises will help you relieve the stress that comes from pregnancy. Make sure you make time for yourself to keep you a happy mom to be. Do not take any medications when you are pregnant until you have asked your doctor if it is okay. Depending on your pregnancy, certain medications can cause you or your baby serious medical problems. Many antidepressants need to be avoided as they could cause your child to be born with birth defects. When you become pregnant, make sure to tell your boyfriend or husband as soon as possible if he does not know already.
It is under your discretion as to when you should tell your parents and friends as you should only do this when you feel comfortable in revealing this information. Be sure to find a good prenatal vitamin. In many cases your doctor will prescribe the best one for you but you can also find them over the counter. Be sure that it has at least 0.4 mg of folic acid in it. You may also want to look for an additional source of iron to take while you are pregnant. When comparing your pregnancy to those of your friends or even your own previous pregnancies, remember that each one is different. Each pregnancy can vary from the amount of weight you gain to the rate at which your belly grows. Also, the presence or absence of certain symptoms does not necessarily mean that something is wrong. Get plenty of pregnancy before, during and after your pregnancy! Exercise lowers your rick of miscarrying, makes your pregnancy easier, results in fewer complications during labor and can even make your labor shorter.
Regardless of whether you are already pregnant or you are trying to get pregnant, exercise makes an easier time of the whole experience. Prioritize the things in your life that need doing by using lists when you are pregnant; this can help keep stress to a minimum and you much healthier. Often times, you will be able to delegate certain tasks to loved ones. Make sure more personal items get done yourself, and don't put them off too long- you are on a time limit! Stay active during your pregnancy to improve your health and make childbirth easier. Walking and swimming are great exercises even late in pregnancy. Staying active can keep your mood positive and make the process of giving birth less traumatic physically. If you have concerns about exercise, talk with your doctor to determine what activities are appropriate for you. To give your muscles some relief, make sure you stretch them out each night before bed.
This will help reduce the potential for painful leg cramps that arise from the increased strain on your legs throughout your pregnancy. Stretching before going to bed relaxes the muscles and makes them less likely to cramp in the middle of the night. Not only will stretching ease your muscles, but it will also help you sleep better. Talk with your doctor about getting a DHA supplement during your pregnancy. DHA is a omega-3 fatty acid that is essential for proper development of the brain and eyes of your baby. Supplements are generally needed to ensure the proper amount of DHA. Fish is a strong source of DHA but women are generally told to stay away from most fish during pregnancy due to mercury levels so a supplement is generally your best bet. Shift your consumption of water and other fluids to earlier in the day to offset the need to empty your bladder during the night.
It is important to stay hydrated but by limiting the amount of liquids consumed within an hour or two before going to bed, you can reduce the number of middle of the night trips to the bathroom. Having a baby is an unimaginable joy. The pregnant part is sometimes not so joyful. Lots of uncomfortable days and nights can make for a testy experience. If you remember what you read here though you can sail through it much easier and get on to the good part of being a mommy.