Pregnancy is challenging, regardless of whether you already have children. It changes you both physically and emotionally, and there’s a lot you have to do to get ready for the new baby’s arrival. However, as time goes by, you can get increasingly more reliable advice that is worth relying on. The common sense advice in the article below may be just what you need to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Track cycles if you plan on conceiving. By learning your cycles, you will be more in tune to knowing the best times to try to conceive. It can help you figure out when you became pregnant so that you have a due date that’s more accurate.
Don’t overeat. Gaining too much weight when you are pregnant can pose a health risk to you later and make it hard to lose once you deliver. You should only gain around 20-30 lbs during pregnancy.
A pregnant woman should avoid as much additional stress as humanly possible. The stress has very adverse effects on the pregnant body, as well as possibly severe damage to the unborn child. Some babies, who experience excessive stress in the womb, wind up being born prematurely.
Sign up for a tour of the birth facilities as you get closer to term. If you are comfortable in a facility, your labor goes easier. Make sure to check a few places if you have the option to so that you can see what you like and don’t like. The facility should be comfortable for you, as well as your partner.
When you are pregnant, be sure to sleep with good support for your body. There are pillows available that are made to cradle the pregnant belly for comfort and support when sleeping. Your regular bed pillow can also be used to give your body the support it needs. Sleeping with a soft pillow between your knees and another under your stomach is usually the most preferred way to sleep while pregnant.
Although weight gain is perfectly normal during pregnancy, rapid weight gain is not. If you see that you are gaining weight in a short time period (a few days or a week), you should call your doctor. This could be a sign that there is something wrong.
Do not let stretch marks stress you out, as they are completely unavoidable for many women. While applying cocoa butter and other creams may help to lessen the itching and irritation that comes along with rapid stretching of the skin, they cannot do much to prevent the marks themselves.
Eat breakfast every day when you are pregnant and make it a healthy one. If you skip meals you can end up feeling light headed before lunch time. Your baby doesn’t go 12 hours without eating after they are born, don’t make them go that long while they are still in your tummy.
Check out consignment shops and thrift stores for your maternity clothing. Remember that this wardrobe will only last you for a few short months, and there is no reason to pay retail prices for it. You are sure to realize serious savings, both financially and in terms of the environment.
Grab some rubber bands if you want to keep wearing your favorite jeans through your pregnancy. A neat trick is to take a heavy rubber band and put it through the buttonhole in your jeans. Attach both ends of the rubber band to the button and voila, extra space. Wear longer shirts over the jeans to hide the rubber band.
Pregnancy should be a time of joyous expectation. So put the above suggestions to use and enjoy your impending arrival.