Pregnancy can be simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Nothing matches the wonder of knowing that you're bringing a new life into the world. The unknowns can be very stressful. Having a good base of knowledge about pregnancy can help relieve many of these fears. Here is some great advice for any expectant mother.
Start taking pregnancy belly pictures early. Many women like to have early pictures to compare against as the months pass. If you turn out not to want them, you don’t have to keep them. You can’t decide later that you want to keep photographs that you never had taken.
Learn how to track your cycles if you're trying to conceive. Knowing when you’re likely to be ovulating will help you by scheduling the best times to get pregnant. It'll also be good at determining when you conceived. Your due date will be more accurate.
It's important that pregnant women make a labor plan before the big day comes. This is because when a woman is in labor, she may not be able to make decisions like she normally does. Make sure you've a bag packed, pick out who you want in the room when you give birth and make a list of phone numbers so your spouse or other family members can call your loved ones when the baby is born.
Women who are expecting should ensure that they protect themselves from over-exposure to the sun. Female skin is much more sensitive when pregnant and can sunburn easily, which can increase the chances of skin cancer.
Take your iron pills. Many pregnant women will get anemia at some point during their pregnancy. Your body needs a lot of iron reserves for the birth and after when you're breastfeeding. Ask your doctor early about taking an iron supplement to keep your levels high and prevent anemia in the first place.
Let yourself be pampered. Especially in the last few months you'll probably be very uncomfortable. Check with your local massage parlors and day spas. Many of them will offer pregnancy massages that are designed for your needs. If you're past your due date some of them may actually be able to use pressure points to induce labor.
Your pregnancy means the decisions are yours. Just because someone in your office or a distant relative doesn’t believe that you should drink coffee or lift something heavier than 20 pounds doesn’t mean they control your pregnancy decisions. Talk to your doctor and make your decisions with them. Ignore unsolicited comments from others.
Exercising in pregnancy is good for mom and baby. The benefits include decreased risk for gestational diabetes, less complaints of constipation and back pain and a quicker recovery from birth for mom. Stop exercising and see your doctor if you've signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fluid leaking, uterine contractions or vaginal bleeding.
Although weight gain is perfectly normal during pregnancy, rapid weight gain isn't. If you see that you're gaining weight in a short time period (a few days or a week), you should call your doctor. This could be a sign that there is something wrong.
Being pregnant can be hard on your body. Don’t let that get you down. Make sure that you take good care of yourself by doing lots of stretching exercises. If you can work it in, prenatal yoga is a great way to stay limber, keep moving and keep yourself fit.
By educating yourself on the basics of pregnancy and answering the most common questions, you can help relieve yourself of anxiety and stress and just focus on the joy of expecting a new child. This will be healthier for you and your baby. Remember what you’ve learned from this article and before you know it, you’ll have a healthy, happy newborn in your arms.