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.
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.
Pay attention to your body, and don’t write strange things off as simply symptoms of pregnancy. For example, swelling of the joints and face is common during pregnancy, but excessive and sudden swelling can herald pre-eclampsia. If you notice any symptoms that seem strange or haven’t been mentioned as expected by your doctor, give them a call.
Avoid using over the counter medicines for digestive issues like heartburn, upset stomach and constipation. The more medicines we keep out of our bodies during pregnancy the better. Ginger tea, acupuncture and peppermint oils have all been shown to help with pregnancy stomach issues.
Read a pregnancy book. They provide expectant parents with a wealth of information on what to expect both during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. They give new parents piece of mind by helping them plan, and they answer questions that they may not want to ask their friends or family members.
Go on the Internet and check out stories from other mothers so you know what the birthing experience entails. Birth stories are from a mother’s perspective, unlike clinical books. Read a variety of stories and see how much more calm and ready you feel.
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.
Do not hesitate to inform your obstetrician or midwife if you experience depression during pregnancy. There are antidepressants that are considered safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, and in many cases, the benefits of taking them outweigh the risks of letting your depression go untreated. You do not have to suffer, and you are doing a great thing for both your baby and yourself by speaking up and getting help.
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.