There is nothing more exciting than when you’re expecting a baby, but it can be equally frightening because you have so many questions about pregnancy. This compilation of tips will answer some of these questions that you have and you will be able to incorporate them into your life, right away.
Sleep as much as you want while you are pregnant. Sleep is in short supply for the parents of newborns. Also, while pregnant, your baby is eating up much of your available energy. Don’t be afraid to sleep in, go to bed early, or nap when you want to. You won’t be able to later!
Don’t stop using a seat belt in your car while driving or riding as a passenger. The danger to your baby from the seat belt is much less than the danger from you being loose in the car in the event of a crash. Make sure the belt is as low on your hips as possible, preferably underneath your belly.
Create a birth plan. Having a written document that expresses your wishes for your delivery will help the medical professionals involved understand what you want your experience to be like. Include things like who should be present at the birth and what procedures you want to stay away from during the delivery.
A pregnant mother should at all costs avoid any sort of drugs, whether they are alcohol, nicotine, or heavier drugs such as heroin. Your baby can and will develop a chemical dependency in the womb. This also is not to mention the possibility for birth defects. If you’re an expecting mom, stay away from drugs!
Pregnant women want to do everything they can to keep their newborn baby safe. Taking folic acid is very important for a baby’s development and should be taken especially during the first trimester. Folic acid ensures proper brain and spinal cord formation. The recommended dose for pregnant women is a thousand micrograms each day.
Stay hydrated throughout your pregnancy. If you experience diarrhea or vomiting, drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated. While diarrhea can lead to dehydration, this is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant and may require hospitalization.
Exercising as much as possible during pregnancy will increase the chances for a healthy baby and mother. It will increase your energy, and give you the confidence you’ll need to take on the challenges of motherhood.
If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, do not let the state of your breasts during pregnancy concern you. The amount of growth or leakage you experience–if any–has no bearing on your ultimate ability to breastfeed. There is no reason to pump prior to delivery, either, as the hormones that enable your body to produce milk do not kick in until the postpartum period.
When you are pregnant avoid taking any over-the-counter (OTC) medication without first consulting your pharmacist. Several of the OTC medications can actually be toxic to the baby, if they are passed on through the womb. The fact is many OTC medications – can and will – be passed on through the womb!
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to exercise. If you exercise early in your pregnancy and stay in shape as much as you can, you can reduce your risk of a miscarriage. In addition, exercise can work to minimize potential complications with labor.
Now that you have a deeper knowledge on the subject of pregnancy, you can relax a little bit and enjoy it. Bask in the glow of it all and then use what you have learned here to take good care of yourself and give birth to a happy, healthy baby.