Congratulations on your pregnancy! You are entering a process that is full of ups and downs. There are no doubt a lot of questions. Whether you are a first time mom or an experienced one, each pregnancy is different. This article has a lot of great tips for any level of experience.
Sleep as much as you want while you are pregnant. Sleep is in short supply for the parents of newborns. Also, while pregnant, your baby is eating up much of your available energy. Don’t be afraid to sleep in, go to bed early, or nap when you want to. You won’t be able to later!
Build up a bedtime routine to help improve your sleep while pregnant. It will be easier for you to drift off to sleep, if you instill some bedtime rituals such as reading a few pages of a book and/or having a cup of warm milk or chamomile tea. Relaxing rituals to consider include warm showers or baths, reading fiction of your favorite genre and getting a massage.
Buy new shoes. As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight will throw off your center of gravity, putting additional pressure on your feet. This can cause both fluid retention and flat feet. Purchase some comfortable shoes that give you good support; they will alleviate some of the previously mentioned concerns.
When you go to your doctor for your pregnancy, have them do a STD test. If you have a STD, it could cause serious health problems for both your baby and you. Your doctor can easily test to see if you have a sexually transmitted disease by checking your blood, urine, or doing a pap smear. If you have an STD, a Cesarean-section may be required for your delivery.
Get the film and cameras ready ahead of time and get them packed in the bag. It is one of those things that everyone tends to forget and regrets later when things get started in a rush. If you have it ready in your birthing bag you’ll be able to capture those newborn pictures.
Learn how to read nutrition labels and find out what to avoid. Stay with items that are low in fat and low in calories. Keep stocked with items that are high in fiber. If you do have a sugary snack, drink it with a glass of milk to keep your blood sugar levels normal.
Avoid pesticides by eating locally grown organic foods. We don’t know how much effect these pesticides can have on a fetus but it is better to be safe than sorry. If not buying organic, stick with items with heavy peels like oranges as they are likely to be less contaminated.
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.
Get as much sleep as possible. When the baby arrives, it will be difficult for you to get the rest that you need, so it is important to find the time now to relax and de-stress. Extra sleep will also provide you with the energy that you need to stay active and maintain a baseline level of fitness leading up to your delivery.
Take some time for yourself, and use the advice here to make yourself more comfortable and more relaxed. Knowing what you can do and what you should avoid during your pregnancy will give you the tools that you need to be stress free. Being stressed is not good for you or your baby, so heed this advice.