Expectant mothers often find that their first pregnancy can be filled with overwhelming changes in their body and emotions. Fortunately, this selection of handpicked tips was culled from the experiences of hundreds of women, doctors, and others who have lived through the exciting nine months that prepare a mother and child for birth.
Hit up the bookstore or library and get books about pregnancy. Being armed with knowledge will help you deal with all the changes that your body will go through and teach you how to keep yourself healthy. Pregnancy is natural, but the more information you have about the process, the better it will go.
Do not feel required to announce your pregnancy to everyone as soon as you know. All women have their own comfort zone regarding when they want to tell everyone. Some women wait until they have reached the end of the first trimester and the highest risk of miscarriage is over. Listen to your heart and share the news when you are ready to.
If you want to know the sex of your baby, you have to wait until you are about 20 weeks pregnant. This is around the time that the ultrasound technician can get a clear picture as to what gender your baby is. But be aware, ultrasounds are not 100 percent accurate!
Have your hospital bags packed well in advance of giving birth. If you wait a long time to do this then you’ll find yourself arriving at the hospital without your supplies. Make sure to have your insurance cards, camera and batteries, and a copy of your birth plan in there.
You can still wear some non-maternity pants as your tummy grows by using a plain hair tie and looping it through a button hole. Pull the zipper up only as much as you can. With elastic maternity bands or long shirts covering pants, nobody will see that they’re technically unbuttoned. When you do this, you can continue wearing your favorite clothes for a while, and you won’t have to invest so much money in maternity clothes.
Change your eating habits so that you eliminate some of the junk food and fast food from your diet. When you are pregnant you will become more tired than usual, as these foods will only cause to make you more haggard. Do not give into temptations if you want to feel great.
Take some “me time” every once in a while. When you finally give birth, life will become much more complicated than right now, and you are going to have much less time to pamper yourself. Take time now to get that manicure, visit with family and friends, and enjoy your favorite hobby. You will find that this helps you to unwind and feel better.
Stock up on notepads and sticky notes and write everything down that you are supposed to remember. Many pregnant women realize that their memories are just not what they were pre-pregnancy. Counteract this development by making yourself reminders of everything before you find yourself at the store with no idea why you are there.
Leg cramps are a common occurrence during pregnancy and can be annoying. To minimize the cramping you should exercise, make sure you get enough calcium each day, and finally you do a few light stretches just before going to bed. That should help you avoid leg cramps while you sleep.
It makes no difference whether you are having one baby, twins, or even triplets. Chances are good that you are going to experience a great deal of change over the next few months. Remember these insights as you start to notice exciting differences in the way you look, act, and feel as you prepare for the birth of your baby.