The Pregnancy Project
A lot of people are overjoyed but also a little scared when they first find out they get pregnant. Having some anxiety is natural, but you need to remember to keep your cool. It helps to try to learn as much as you can. The more you learn about getting pregnant the easier time you can have during your pregnancy. So, take note of all these tips to try and make your pregnancy as easy as possible.
Have your significant other make healthy changes in their life as well. As you make all these big changes in your eating habits and activities, having someone to lean on will be a big advantage. If you do it together, it will help you both keep on track with these changes.
When you get pregnant and you have to travel, avoid places where medical care is not close by. It is important that you are near a doctor during all stages of your pregnancy, just in case any complications were to arise. Also, make sure you have a phone with you at all times when you travel.
Put your birth plan in writing and share it with your doctor before you go into labor. Having your plan in writing helps you focus on the type of delivery you want and helps your doctor understand what you want. Even though unexpected events can result in changes, having your plan documented gives you peace of mind before going into labor.
If you are working on your nursery, be sure to avoid fumes and smells that may be associated with wallpaper or paint. While the risk of problems to your baby may be small, don’t take the chance, just keep the windows open or avoid working with paint and wallpaper at all.
Try not drive alone during the later stages when you get pregnant, just in case you were to go into labor. Being alone in your car when you water breaks can mean you will be yourself when you deliver. This could cause your baby to be born improperly and can cause health problems for you.
Talk to your baby. Studies have shown that babies do react to touch from ten weeks in the pregnancy. At later stages they can react to light, your voice as well as other sounds. This will bond you and your baby for life, and while they won’t remember any of this, it will definitely help.
Use a birth ball during pregnancy to stay fit. You can sit on the ball instead of the sofa to strengthen your muscles. It will help you keep your posture straight which will help in preventing the aches and pains that come from bad posture. You can also use it after pregnancy as well to get back into the swing of things.
Effects of Drinking while you get pregnant: Avoid alcohol when trying to conceive or if you are already pregnant. Alcohol can cause you and your baby to have serious health problems. When trying to conceive, alcohol decreases sperm count and makes getting pregnant more difficult. Even drinks like wine are unhealthy for pregnant women or those trying to conceive.
Be safe while riding in the car. As always, wear a seatbelt when you are in a vehicle. Place the shoulder strap over the clavicle and the lap portion under your abdomen. Never put the lap portion over you abdomen. Sit in the back seat or slide your seat back so you are as far from the airbag as possible.
To help you sleep better while you get pregnant, plan your fluid intake around your smaller bladder capacity. Make sure you get enough water to drink during the day, but slow down after dinner and stop entirely before bedtime. This will help reduce the need to get up during the night to use the restroom.
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.
You can learn a great deal during your pregnancy to prepare for the birth of your child by reading about the birth experiences of others. Reading the stories that others share, and watching videos that they have posted online can give you valuable information about the wonders of birth, as well as the challenges.
Do not use any vaginal cleaning products when you get pregnant. Using these products can cause your baby to develop health issues. If you find that you have an odor you should consult with your doctor as this could be a sign of a urinary tract infection.
While you get pregnant you are going to get a lot of advice. Take the advice sweetly with a smile and a thank you. Even the most irritating people with tons of advice just need to be smiled at and thanked. Remember, it is your body and you need to follow your own instinct as well as the advice of your medical practitioner, not the advice everyone else gives you!
Talk to your unborn child every day. Studies have shown that a baby has the ability to respond to your touch at around ten weeks of pregnancy. A few weeks after that, your child will be able to hear your voice and even react to light. Talking to the baby helps improve your bond with each other.
Finding Bliss During Pregnancy
With all of the tips you just read and learned about you should start to feel a bit of that anxiety of pregnancy relieved. There’s no point in learning something if you aren’t going to use it. So, make sure you try your best to have as positive of a mindset as possible; as this will help you to apply the pregnancy advice with enthusiasm.