The emotional and physical changes brought on by pregnancy can pose a challenge for women, whether they are first time mothers, or already have other children. However, even experienced mothers can be taught new tricks due to the constant emergence of new pregnancy information. This article lists a few pointers that might just make things run that little bit smoother.
Stop smoking before you get pregnant. Smoking can affect your ability to conceive, so find something that will help you stop. You should talk to your doctor to see what recommendations they have to help you quit. There are many options available such as pills and patches.
Listening to your body is almost as important as listening to your doctor. Pushing yourself too hard during pregnancy is asking too much of your body and not being fair to your baby. The boss, husband, in-laws or whoever else may be demanding of your resources need to take a back seat so that you can take care of yourself and your baby.
If you smoke, being pregnant is the greatest reason you will ever have to stop smoking so find a way to do it now! As stressful as being pregnant may be, jeopardizing the health of your baby is a million times more stressful. This is a great opportunity to get medical help to quit and have the strongest motivating factor to keep you smoke-free.
If you are pregnant, you need to make sure to exercise on a regular basis. In addition to reducing the chance of a miscarriage, exercising will help to reduce the length of time a pregnant woman is in labor.
You should be adding calories to your diet when pregnant. Keep in mind that your baby is impacted by everything you eat. Make sure that you eat healthy though, as you should not be eating junk food.
For first time mothers, babysit for a family member or friend. It never hurts to learn more about how to care of a baby before yours is brought into the world. In addition of learning how to care for a baby, you will know how to properly hold and feed yours.
Sleeping will become harder for you during your pregnancy. During the third trimester, sleep on your left side, this will provide you with the best blood flow to your fetus, uterus and kidneys. Remember, not to lay on your back.
If you are working at a desk job during your pregnancy, you will need to make sure that you have lots of times during the day that you can get up and walk. Sitting down will put extra stress on your tailbone and hips, which are already absorbing a great deal more weight. Taking walks and moving around frequently will help keep this from becoming a problem.
When you first find out that you are pregnant it is important to tell anyone and everyone that you are close to. Countless times families have been destroyed over the simple phrase, “Why didn’t you tell me?” Some people may be upset that you are pregnant, but if they were important to you in the first place they’ll be supportive.
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 .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.
On balance, you should enjoy your pregnancy. Use the advice you’ve read here to enjoy your pregnancy and get ready for the big day!