Pregnancy is such a journey in life that presents questions. These questions you need answered to feel more comfortable about the 9 month journey you are taking, one that has so much to do with you physically and emotionally. If you want the answers you need and don’t want to stress through your pregnancy, you can use the tips provided to ensure you are going through this journey much easier.
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.
Take a childbirth class. Classes are offered in many doctors’ offices and online. Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, relaxation, epidural anesthesia, pain relief in labor, preparing for labor and childbirth, as well as breastfeeding and baby care. Classes are generally offered once a week over a six to eight week period. Studies show that couples that attend regular childbirth classes are prepared and relaxed during childbirth.
You will want to have the physical memories of the day you give birth for the rest of your life. Make sure your video camera is charged and ready, along with your digital camera. Remember to have enough media storage to capture as many photos as you could ever need.
When preparing for sleep while pregnant, set up a bedtime routine. Include activities that will relax you. Some relaxing activities are, drinking warm milk, reading a book or having a warm shower. When you are relaxed, it will be easier for you to fall asleep. Be sure that you have your routine set up so that you allow yourself enough time for sleep.
Find a birthing class as soon as you can, in order to make sure you get the best dates for you and whoever you use as your labor coach. Avoid waiting until the last minute, as it may be too late!
Increase your intake of cereals, asparagus, lentils, oranges and orange juice. These foods are all rich in folic acid, which helps the development of the baby’s neural cord and creates red blood cells for your unborn child. It is ideal to begin consuming these foods even before you start trying to conceive.
Take some precautions when traveling by plane. The second trimester is often noted as the best time to fly, because you are not experiencing morning sickness as often, and there is less risk of miscarriage. Always speak to your doctor first and make sure to drink a lot of water on the plane to stay hydrated. Get up and walk frequently to help avoid blood clots.
You may want to think about giving your belly a massage when you reach the end of the second trimester. Find a comfortable position, place some pillows behind you on a bed or couch. Instead of using lotion, put oil on your belly and rub while applying light pressure. To enhance the experience, add some soothing music and do breathing exercises. This can soothe both you and the baby.
No matter who is there to support you, you just need to know the answers to all of the questions that popped into your head when you found out you were pregnant. What foods to eat and what exercises to do, as well as what tests are necessary are all things that you are thinking of right now. Hopefully the above tips answered most of your questions effectively.