Being pregnant is as natural as can be, but it can be scary and confusing. The body undergoes significant change, and the lifestyle changes to come will be even bigger. There are a lot of tips for helping you to get rid of those fears and concerns. Consider these suggestions as a start.
Learning to track your menstrual cycles are important if you are looking to conceive. You can use what you know about your cycle to choose the days with the highest chance to conceive to try for that baby. It can help you figure out when you became pregnant so that you have a due date that’s more accurate.
When you are decorating the nursery, take the proper safety precautions. Just be sure that when you’re pregnant that you don’t hang around while the room is being painted. Be sure that room is well-ventilated and that the windows are wide open. It’s best to have your family and friends with you so that they can do most of the labor themselves.
If you suffer from morning sickness, try sucking on sour candies like lemon drops or sipping tart lemonade or limeade. Ginger and peppermint are other natural ways to control your nausea; you can ingest these foods in the form of teas, candies and other forms that do not aggravate your symptoms.
When you are pregnant, one of the things that you will want to stop as soon as possible is smoking. Smoking can cause birth defects for your baby, so stopping immediately will limit this risk. Join support groups to increase the willpower that you will need to stop this unhealthy habit. You must also insist that people who smoke do not do so in the same room as you.
If the stresses of life get to you while you are pregnant, indulge in a relaxing prenatal massage. Many therapists are trained to provide massages to pregnant women and know which areas to avoid, as well as, which areas might need the most attention. A massage makes a lovely gift to yourself as your due date draws closer.
Call your doctor for anything that seems “off”. You know your body better than anyone and if something doesn’t feel right, then use that intuition and give your practitioner a call. They will decide if it’s something they need to check out or not, but don’t hesitate to seek help.
Carve out personal hours for me-time. Once your baby arrives you entire focus will be on caring for him or her, and any time to pamper yourself will be very limited. Try to visit friends, get a manicure, or do an enjoyable hobby. You’ll feel better, which means your baby will too.
Always set aside ample time to develop a solid birth plan. When you are having your baby, you should expect other people to cater to you. Don’t forget your hospital bag which should include your birth plan, clothes, health insurance, pre-registration documents, and camera.
Remove any rings that you have. Your fingers will swell if it is hot during your pregnancy and the last thing you want is a ring that won’t come off that they have to cut off. It is also important to remove any belly button piercing, so that you don’t get any rips or tears.
To increase the chances of conception track your monthly cycles. This will help you determine when your egg is released. If timing intercourse with egg release seems to robotic, just have intercourse a few times a week. Many couples find this to be a less stressful way to conceive.
No matter how uncomfortable, unpleasant or unnerving pregnancy may be, remember that it is only temporary. Eventually, pregnancy will end and parenthood begins. Knowing a bit about pregnancy can make getting through those nine months a bit easier, rather than making them seem like forever.