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.
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.
Eating a series of smaller meals throughout the day is an excellent way to stave off nausea in your first trimester. You may find that your stomach is more settled this way. However, you should ensure that the foods you choose to eat are fresh and light. Produce and lean proteins are key.
Make sure you take your pre-natal classes earlier in the pregnancy. Learning about pregnancy in a classroom setting will put you at ease with your situation. These classes are a great place to get your questions answered.
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 your baby is overdue, walk around as much as possible. This gentle exercise can nudge the baby into the birthing position. Have someone accompany you on your walk. Steer clear of riskier methods, like contact exercise.
Exercising in pregnancy is good for mom and baby. The benefits include decreased risk for gestational diabetes, less complaints of constipation and back pain and a quicker recovery from birth for mom. Stop exercising and see your doctor if you have signs, such as shortness of breath, dizziness, fluid leaking, uterine contractions or vaginal bleeding.
Your need to support your body, while sleeping, when you are pregnant. There are unique body pillows made for pregnant women that can be bought from various stores. If you don’t have one of these, then regular pillows can still offer support. Try sleeping with a pillow under your one knee and your stomach.
If you are having trouble getting a full nights rest while pregnant, try taking a nap during the day. Taking a nap can help reduce fatigue. If you are feeling tired, find a quiet spot to relax and try to nap for as long as you can. You may not end up napping for hours but any little bit helps. Try to avoid napping close to bedtime as it will cause you problems when trying to fall asleep for the night.
Check into hiring a doula for your birth experiences and for the period right after. Doulas are mothers’ helpers who are there to provide non-medical support during the labor process and the post partum period. Having a doula will help you to have a shorter and more satisfying birth experience.
Pack your hospital bag well in advance of your due date. If you wait too long, you may end up going to the hospital without everything that you need. You’ll want to have your camera, your birth plan and insurance cards all ready to go.
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.