Unfortunately, babies don’t come with an owner’s manual, and that extends to pregnancy issues as well. There are a huge number of things that need to be done to both keep the baby safe during pregnancy and prepare for the baby’s eventual birth. Follow these tips to make your pregnancy a snap.
Write a birth plan early in your pregnancy. Keep a list of the things you absolutely want to have happen, like the presence of an older sibling, and things you absolutely don’t want unless it begins to affect the safety of the baby. If you have these things written down ahead of time, you can discuss them with your birth team and make sure they happen.
Listening to your body is almost as important as listening to your doctor. Pushing yourself too hard during pregnancy is asking too much of your body and not being fair to your baby. The boss, husband, in-laws or whoever else may be demanding of your resources need to take a back seat so that you can take care of yourself and your baby.
Carefully go through your home and eliminate any chemicals that could cause harm to your unborn baby. Some of the chemicals you should avoid are found in cleaning solution, so consider replacing your normal brand with a natural one. After you have your baby, keep these agents outside of your home to make your environment safer for the child.
If you are pregnant, try to go swimming when you can. Not only is it a healthy exercise for all people, but for pregnant woman, it helps prevent those pesky leg aches and keeps you from gaining too much weight. Do not over do it though. If you feel yourself getting fatigued, stop.
When you are in the later stages of pregnancy, especially in your third trimester, try not to travel too much. Some women think that because their due date is a month away, they will not go into labor on the train or plane, only to find themselves delivering their child with no medical assistance.
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 first find out that you are pregnant it is important to tell anyone and everyone that you are close to. Countless times families have been destroyed over the simple phrase, “Why didn’t you tell me?” Some people may be upset that you are pregnant, but if they were important to you in the first place they’ll be supportive.
Don’t leave the house without a change of clothes and a fresh pair of underwear. Pregnancy leaves us with a lot less control over our bodies and accidents can happen. It is better to act like a boy scout and be prepared than have to run home in the middle of the day because we were caught off guard.
During your pregnancy, you should continue to brush and floss your teeth daily. This is important because during pregnancy there is increased hormonal action and your gums may become swollen and even bleed when you brush, but do not stop brushing. To minimize dental problems, maintain your record of good oral hygiene.
Pregnancy is a tough time. You need to take care of tons of different responsibilities in a tight time frame. Putting the tips you just read into practice will help you sort out that dizzying array of recommendations and requirements in order and help you take the actions you need to take in order to have a healthy, happy baby.