Parenting & Families
Pregnancy: Tips To Help You To Maximize Your Joy!
Article by Piper Meraizo
If you are thinking about getting pregnant, make sure you educate yourself on all the facts first. Know what you are getting yourself into and what you should and shouldn’t expect. Pregnancy is not something that’s over in a day, it lasts 9 months and then you have a baby which you need to take care of for at least 18 years.
It is very trendy right now to not find out the sex of the baby. Remember that trends come and trends go. Do what is right for you in finding out if you are having a boy or a girl. Do not just follow what your favorite celebrity did or what your best friend did. You know in your heart to find out or not!
It is very common for a woman’s feet to swell during pregnancy and for them to go up a shoe size, especially in the third trimester. Wearing flat shoes at this stage will be more comfortable than high heels so look at purchasing a new pair of shoes for this short period of your life.
Be prepared to lose a few extra strands of hair in the postpartum period. Many women are not aware that this is common and are alarmed when it occurs. The extra shedding is likely due to hormonal changes and should stop within a couple of months. If it continues for a long time or you are concerned, ask your doctor to check your thyroid levels.
If you currently rely on many herbal supplements in your diet and find out you are pregnant, discontinue use until you talk to a doctor or health professional about what herbs are safe and which ones are not safe to take during pregnancy. It is better to be safe than sorry!
You need to eat a variety of foods when you are pregnant. A pregnant woman tends to crave things that may seem odd to the rest of the world but often times contain the nutrients that her body needs. It is important to eat a diet that is rich in protein, vegetables, and fruits so that you and your baby can be as healthy as possible.
A pregnant mother should at all costs avoid any sort of drugs, whether they are alcohol, nicotine, or heavier drugs such as heroin. Your baby can and will develop a chemical dependency in the womb. This also is not to mention the possibility for birth defects. If you’re an expecting mom, stay away from drugs!
If you have just discovered that you are pregnant, you will have to decide when to tell others. This decision is very personal and will be different for each person. One person will tell everybody on earth before her pregnancy test even turns positive. Another woman may be superstitious, and prefer to wait until she feels her pregnancy is far enough along that she doesn’t feel any problems will arise. Do what feels right to you.
Take the time to attend a childbirth class, especially in your first pregnancy. Regardless of the type of birth you have planned, these classes provide important information about what to expect during childbirth. Classes offered by your selected hospital often include tours of the maternity area as well, helping you know what to expect.
During the throes of morning sickness, eat what you can stomach. Keeping a little bit of food in your tummy often helps to relieve nausea, and your baby will be just fine if you subsist solely on just a few types of foods for a few days. Eating enough calories is essential, so talk to your doctor if you are unable to keep anything down.
For a surprising but effective way to control morning sickness during pregnancy, have a small handful of almonds. They are an excellent source of both calcium and protein, and eating a high-protein snack is a great way to prevent the queasiness that can hit you any time of the day.
See your doctor before trying to become pregnant. Your doctor will be able to advise you on healthy changes to make in your lifestyle now, to make sure you have the best pregnancy possible. Learning how to prepare your body for pregnancy is one of the best things you can do to help ensure a safe and healthy experience.
As stated in the beginning of this article, knowing all about pregnancy is crucial for both women who are pregnant for the first time, and women who are pregnant but have kids already. The above article is meant to inform you of all there is to know about pregnancy so you can have a stress-free experience.
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