It does not matter how old you are, or how many children you have, pregnancy is an awe inspiring, nerve racking, exciting time in your life. It is also one of the greatest miracles a woman can experience. Following are some handy hints on how to make the nine months as healthy and stress-free as possible.
When you are going to get any type of testing done, make sure to let the doctor know that you are expecting a child. Many chemicals and processes that you come in contact with while you are pregnant can cause adverse harm to the child or complications with your pregnancy.
If you do not yet have an OBGYN, now is the time to find one. You can set up interviews, and find one that you feel you connect with. You will be seeing this doctor often, and they may deliver your baby. Make sure you choose one that you feel extremely comfortable with and can trust.
Always include your spouse or significant other in every aspect of your pregnancy. Most likely, they are nervous like you about the baby’s arrival, and they need to be reassured also. Try spending time with each other, like taking a walk or going to see a movie. Enjoy this one-on-one time as much as possible before it is no more!
Be prepared to lose a few extra strands of hair in the postpartum period. Many women are not aware that this is common and are alarmed when it occurs. The extra shedding is likely due to hormonal changes and should stop within a couple of months. If it continues for a long time or you are concerned, ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels.
Switch into your maternity clothing as early as possible. Most women want to put it off as long as possible but they don’t realize one important fact. Maternity clothes are extremely comfortable. As your body goes through changes, it becomes more sensitive and your regular clothes will get more and more uncomfortable. Make the switch and give your body a break.
A multivitamin is a workhorse during pregnancy. Make sure and take them every day. Multivitamins provide essential folic acid for the developing baby. They also can reduce the risk of preeclampsia by 45% when taken regularly. Set yourself a reminder in your phone or with notes to take it on a regular basis.
You should talk with your unborn child as often as you can. There have been studies done that show that babies in the womb can respond as soon as 10 weeks into a pregnancy. Several weeks later, your baby can hear your voice, plus respond to light. Communicating with your unborn child can help to increase your bond, and some studies indicate it can improve the intelligence of your child too.
Human skin can stretch a lot, but only so far. When the belly grows, it may itch, which is perfectly normal. One thing you do not want to do is to take a hot shower, in an attempt to relieve the itch. The hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it itch more. Make sure you moisturize with a heavy moisturizer, like petroleum jelly or cocoa butter. Choose loose fitting clothing made of soft fabrics and stop scratching!
Always ensure that if you have doubts or concerns about any part of your pregnancy, that you contact your doctor as soon as possible. We are confident the the above tips will fit you ease any stress you may have had. So, sit back and enjoy the ride, and the blessing that will arrive at the end.