Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful things a woman experiences in her lifetime, but also the most mysterious. A woman is normally pregnant 9 months (40 weeks). In those 9 months, wonderful and not so wonderful things happen, as well as confusing things that are hard to explain. In this article, we will discuss what should happen month-by-month, week-by-week, and one trimester after the next. Hopefully with the following valuable information, you will be quite prepared for what is to come in your pregnancy.
When you are attempting to conceive a child, ensure that you are eating a healthy and nutritional diet so that your body is receiving all the vitamins and nutrition it needs. Certain items, such as folic acid and folate, are vital for your baby’s development from day one of conception. Make an effort to add a prenatal vitamin to your daily regime for an extra nutrition boost.
Many new mothers are surprised to discover that breastfeeding is often a difficult process at first, and this can lead to needless fears about their inadequacy as a mother. By taking a class on breastfeeding, you will be well prepared for some of the difficulties that new mothers often encounter.
Stop smoking immediately if you have found out that you are pregnant or if are trying to become pregnant. Smoking, as we all know, is incredibly dangerous for us but it becomes even more important to quit when we are trying to take care of a new life. Talk with your doctor immediately if you are having trouble quitting.
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.
Learn to say no to people who want to feed you every time they see you. You are supposed to up your calories during pregnancy but that doesn’t mean you need to eat constantly. Saying thanks, but no thanks is perfectly acceptable so don’t hesitate to use it.
Purchase some large, inexpensive “granny panties” to take with you to the hospital when you give birth. A high waistband is less likely to irritate a c-section incision, if you have one, and the full-coverage underwear can better accommodate the large post-partum maxi pads that you will wear for the first couple of days.
To prepare yourself for the grand finale of your pregnancy, the birth of your baby, take a tour of the hospital facilities where you will give birth. You will feel more comfortable on the big day if the room is familiar and having that feeling can make your labor a more comfortable experience.
If you are past your due date and you want your baby to be born, try walking. Walking is a healthy technique that can help lower the baby to the position they need to be in to be born. Ask a partner to come along with you. Avoid dangerous techniques, such as contact exercising.
If you are having trouble getting a full nights rest while pregnant, try taking a nap during the day. Taking a nap can help reduce fatigue. If you are feeling tired, find a quiet spot to relax and try to nap for as long as you can. You may not end up napping for hours but any little bit helps. Try to avoid napping close to bedtime as it will cause you problems when trying to fall asleep for the night.
It is obvious that you should not smoke or drink when you are pregnant, but it is also beneficial to quit or cut back while you are trying to conceive. Exposure to secondhand smoke and excessive drinking can cause fertility problems, in both you and your partner. It is also easier on your body to cut back on alcohol gradually, so it isn’t a shock to your system.
All in all, pregnancy is an amazing, not so amazing, and mysterious experience. Women need to be prepared for pregnancy and know what to expect from it. Women also need to know how their baby is developing throughout the weeks of their pregnancy. With our month-by-month, week-by-week, and trimester-by-trimester breakdown of all the happenings of pregnancy, you will be enriched with all you need to know about your pregnancy!