Having a baby is wonderful. The pregnancy can be hard at times, but you know that in the end you will have this perfect little baby. This article is full of ideas and advice on dealing with the common issues of pregnancy and how you can be healthier, happier and more prepared.
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.
Don’t be afraid of the weight gain. You are going to gain weight. It’s not only normal but necessary. Your body needs fat reserves for breast milk, energy for labor and delivery as well as lots of extra fluids. Embrace the added weight and know that it will come off afterwards.
Don’t be too proud to ask for assistance when lifting heavy objects. Carrying heavy things could cause stress to the baby as well as potentially lead to a miscarriage. In addition to this, you could also injure your back muscles as well. Even if the object does not seem too heavy, have others lift it for you.
Sleeping can become increasingly difficult as you get towards the end of your pregnancy. Find a great body pillow or maternity pillow that works for you. These are designed to give you the full body support that you need as you sleep. You will wake up less often and have less pain in the morning.
If you plan on painting your baby’s nursery while you are pregnant, try to choose paints labeled as “no-VOC” or “low-VOC.” This distinction means the paints will release fewer volatile organic compounds — like formaldehyde — into the air, which is better for both your family’s health and for the environment.
Grab some rubber bands if you want to keep wearing your favorite jeans through your pregnancy. A neat trick is to take a heavy rubber band and put it through the buttonhole in your jeans. Attach both ends of the rubber band to the button and voila, extra space. Wear longer shirts over the jeans to hide the rubber band.
Keep extra deodorant around wherever you go. Pregnant women sweat. Trust me it’s not just glow, it is sweat. Stay dry and smelling fresh with deodorant. Consider looking into getting a few little portable fans to help stay dry and sweat free as much as possible.
If you have decided how to have your baby, maybe natural childbirth, or caesarian section, you should write a birth plan. The birth plan will detail all of your expectations for delivery and should be shared with your doctors. Having this plan will calm your anxiety as your delivery date approaches.
Use a body pillow when sleeping. Many pregnant women have trouble getting comfortable when sleeping, and find it the best to sleep on their side, with the body pillow under the knee and belly at the same time. Rest is very important during the pregnancy, so make sure you get an adequate amount.
Monitor your intake of iron while you are pregnant to ensure you are the right amount. If you are deficient in iron, you will tend to be tired during pregnancy, and your baby may weigh less than optimal at birth. Iron that comes from food sources has a higher bio-availability and is better tolerated.
Preparedness is the key. If you are prepared for what lies ahead, and have made plans on how you personally will deal with it, then you will have a much easier time of making it through pregnancy happy and relaxed. Take the advice here in this article and make your preparations now.