Congratulations! Now that you have found out you are expecting a little bundle of joy, you may have a lot of questions about what the next nine months will hold for you. While pregnancy is a great experience, there are some tips and tricks to getting through it that we want to share here with you.
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.
If you get a headache when you are pregnant, make sure to stay away from aspirin. Aspirin has been proven to cause harm in both an expectant mother and baby. It is best to ask your doctor what medications are safe for you to use. Also, try relieving head pressure by using a cool compress.
Keep your partner or spouse in mind during your pregnancy. Chances are, they are just as nervous as you are about the baby coming and they need reassurance as well. Spend time as a couple. You can go for a walk, out to dinner or to the movies. Cherish the dwindling time you have alone together before the new addition arrives.
Be sure to be checked for sexually transmitted diseases if you are pregnant. It these serious conditions are not treated, the result will be harmful to your growing child. There are a lot of tests for diseases that are transmitted sexually. They can be done via blood, urine or a pap smear. If you find out that you have an STD, you might have to have a C-section delivery.
Swimming is a great idea as your pregnancy reaches later stages. Swimming is a great exercise to do in the last trimester because you stay active, and you also deal with the pains and aches that you are experiencing. The weightlessness you feel as you swim is relaxing.
Make sure that you communicate with your partner (if you have one) about your feelings and your needs. You may know that you need to be touched or loved more often to feel supported, but they don’t. You have to tell them what you need before you can expect to receive it.
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.
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.
The months of pregnancy are a journey of physical growth and changes, so consider tracking your belly with photos. The progress of your baby’s growth can be interesting, but parenting a new baby can make you forget all about it, so the pictures will help preserve this interesting data.
Having a baby is an unimaginable joy. The pregnant part is sometimes not so joyful. Lots of uncomfortable days and nights can make for a testy experience. If you remember what you read here though you can sail through it much easier and get on to the good part of being a mommy.