Take the time to really enjoy your pregnancy. The nine months will seem like an eternity when you are going through it, but soon enough, you will miss that kicking in your belly. As blessed as carrying a child is, there is a lot to consider, do and deal with. This article will give you some tips on how to handle it all.
Write a birth plan early in your pregnancy. Keep a list of the things you absolutely want to have happen, like the presence of an older sibling, and things you absolutely don’t want unless it begins to affect the safety of the baby. If you have these things written down ahead of time, you can discuss them with your birth team and make sure they happen.
Pack your bags early. Don’t wait until you are 37 weeks or later to finally pack your bag for the hospital. Obviously you want your baby to reach full gestation, but you never know when something is going to happen. Having your bag packed will give you peace of mind in case there is an unexpected event.
The Surgeon General warns against drinking while pregnant, so refrain from any type of drinking during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, which can be detrimental to your child for the rest of their life.
Expecting mothers would be wise if they took the advice of taking a daily prenatal vitamin. In fact, most doctors prescribe them for expecting mothers! This is because your child has nutritional needs that often times due to the nature of pregnancy cravings are not met. This makes sure they get the nutrition they need.
Register early for a childbirth class in order to make scheduling easier. By waiting too long, you could miss out on taking the classes entirely.
If you have felt your baby moving around in your stomach, and then the movement stops for a few days, you should visit your doctor. Although this may mean nothing, there could be a problem with the baby that your doctor can help fix if taken care of in time.
Human skin is very elastic, but there is of course a limit to its stretchability. As your skin is stretched during pregnancy, it can become itchy. Try to resist taking a hot shower or bath. Hot water strips all of the natural oils out of your skin causing it to itch. Use a heavy moisturizer, such as petroleum jelly or cocoa butter. Don’t wear tight clothes and resist the urge to scratch.
To help ease nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, you should snack often and drink plenty of water or other liquids. It can also help to avoid situations that trigger your feelings of nausea when you can. If the smell of a certain food cooking brings on the feeling, save that recipe for after the baby is born.
Go to a class about childbirth, especially if this is your first baby. Such classes offer excellent information, and allay many fears, no matter which method of childbirth you plan to use. Your hospital is sure to offer classes that include a tour of the labor and delivery area.
It is important to take a home pregnancy test as soon as you think there is a chance that you could be pregnant. Many women do not realize that is possible to have a period even if you are pregnant. Getting a pregnancy test is one way for you to really know if you are pregnant or not. They can be bought at any drug store.
Now that you have seen some of the ways that you can have a happier, healthier pregnancy and also prepare for your delivery, you can rest assured that these nine months will soon be a distant memory. A treasured memory though. Don’t forget to take the time to reflect on your experience.