Take the time to really enjoy your pregnancy. The nine months will seem like an eternity when you are going through it, but soon enough, you will miss that kicking in your belly. As blessed as carrying a child is, there is a lot to consider, do and deal with. This article will give you some tips on how to handle it all.
Start exercising now. If you have healthy habits now they will continue during pregnancy. Exercise is important while you are pregnant because it keeps you healthy. It reduces the risk of having a miscarriage and also can make your labor easier. You should talk to your doctor before exercising while pregnant.
Create a birth plan. Having a written document that expresses your wishes for your delivery will help the medical professionals involved understand what you want your experience to be like. Include things like who should be present at the birth and what procedures you want to stay away from during the delivery.
Engage in Kegel exercises each day. This activity can improve your pelvic muscles, which affect your bladder, bowels and uterus. Kegels will help with your delivery, and they can be done just about anywhere, including in the car or at work. To do them correctly, you should squeeze like you want to stop yourself from using the bathroom. Hold this position for three seconds and then relax for three. Do this in sets of ten.
Keep exercising. Especially in those first few months when you may not feel so great, it is even more important to discipline yourself to staying active. Go for a walk in the morning or the evening. Do some light weight lifting. This will keep you body toned during pregnancy and make losing weight after the birth much easier.
Do not be scared to ask for help with lifting things when you are a pregnant. The lifting of heavy items can cause back strain, miscarriage or stress to the baby. Instead, ask for help when lifting anything remotely heavy.
Avoid hot tubs and saunas while you are pregnant. Extreme heat from sources like these are not good for a growing baby, so they should be avoided. The oils used for massages can also cause miscarriage. Juniper, rosemary and clary sage should all be avoided.
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.
Take care when you ride in a car. Pregnant women should sit as far away from the airbag as possible and refrain from placing safety belts over the portion of the abdomen with the baby. Doing both of these things reduces the risk of sudden impacts with the possibility of injuring or killing the baby.
Shortness of breath is common as women progress in their pregnancy. The baby grows and compresses the diaphragm, so there is less room to breathe. To help with this do some pelvic tilts and light stretching. Also, sleeping sitting up works well for some women as it relieves some of the pressure and allows them to breathe more freely.
Belching, gas, and heartburn are all side effects of being pregnant. To help deal with these types of issues during your pregnancy, you should stay upright after you eat, stay away from offending foods, and drink a glass of milk with honey; these are all ways to help you minimize some of the gas and heartburn.
Now that you have seen some of the ways that you can have a happier, healthier pregnancy and also prepare for your delivery, you can rest assured that these nine months will soon be a distant memory. A treasured memory though. Don’t forget to take the time to reflect on your experience.