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.
Don’t hesitate to politely decline any invitations to social gatherings you get when you’re pregnant and feel like staying home. Your loved ones will understand that you’ve got special needs at this time. Fatigue is a large issue while pregnant, so take this into consideration before attending. If you don’t want to go somewhere, don’t push yourself.
If you are trying to get pregnant, but are not yet, start tracking your menstrual cycles. This will let you know when you are ovulating, and will also be able to tell you what date you conceived on when you find out your are pregnant. This will help you to be more accurate with your due date.
It is important that pregnant women make a labor plan before the big day comes. This is because when a woman is in labor, she may not be able to make decisions like she normally does. Make sure you have a bag packed, pick out who you want in the room when you give birth and make a list of phone numbers so your spouse or other family members can call your loved ones when the baby is born.
Be sure to stay far away from your cat’s litter box when pregnant. Soiled cat litter contains chemicals that are dangerous for pregnant women. Ask a family member to take over the chore, or ask a neighbor for help until your baby is born.
If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, make sure to do your research before you give birth. Many women have their mind set on breastfeeding and then have no idea how to do it when the time comes. You can get advice through breastfeeding classes at local hospitals or buy books that give you techniques.
If traveling during pregnancy, do not go to a remote location where you do not have access to immediate health care. You should meet with a doctor regularly and go to the hospital right away if something unusual happens. Make sure you also have a phone on your person every time you travel.
Increase your intake of cereals, asparagus, lentils, oranges and orange juice. These foods are all rich in folic acid, which helps the development of the baby’s neural cord and creates red blood cells for your unborn child. It is ideal to begin consuming these foods even before you start trying to conceive.
When you are pregnant, it is best to avoid or limit your caffeine intake. You can still have one cup of coffee in the morning, but no more than that. Try drinking decaff or half-caff if you can. Any caffeine that you drink will go straight to your baby and may have negative effects.
Try to rest as much as possible when you find out that you are pregnant. When you sleep, you can restore the minerals and nutrients that your body needs so that you can maximize productivity. When pregnant, you will lose energy quicker so sleep will play a large role in restoring functionality.
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.