There are all kinds of things that pregnant women need to be aware of during their pregnancy. There are many areas that are critical in ensuring that the pregnancy go smoothly. The piece that follows is a great place to begin learning about pregnancy.

When you’re pregnant, try adding around 300-500 more calories to your everyday diet. Pregnancy means you now eat for two. Lean towards eating foods that are good for you, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try not to gain excessive amounts of weight when pregnant. By gaining too much, your health will be jeopardized later because you will struggle to lose all the weight after your pregnancy. A woman should gain about 15 to 30 pounds during the whole pregnancy.

TIP! Always use sunscreen when pregnant. In addition, do not visit a tanning bed.

Do not pump gas when you are pregnant. Fumes of gas can harm your unborn baby. It’s better to simply ask someone else to help than to take that risk.

When you become pregnant and go see the OBGYN, you will be given a prenatal vitamin. Be sure to take this everyday. Prenatal vitamins will ensure that you and your baby are getting the crucial vitamins and minerals that you need for healthy growth.

If you have an upset stomach early in your pregnancy, eating small meals frequently may help. You will have a small amount of food in your stomach at all times but not enough to make you feel ill. Eat light, fresh foods, too. Fresh fruit, vegetables and lean meats do wonders.

TIP! Get help with lifting while pregnant. By lifting heavy objects, you could have a miscarriage, stress out your baby and cause back strains or pains.

To get rid of an upset stomach when you’re in your first trimester, eating smaller meals more frequently is recommended. This will give your stomach a chance to digest the food. Eat fresh, light foods that won’t weigh on your stomach. Produce and lean proteins are key.

Keep in mind that it can take up to a year for a woman to get pregnant. If you’ve been trying for longer than that, you might want to check with your doctor. The doctor can check you over for medical issues.

Find out if you’re pregnant as soon as possible. If you don’t take a pregnancy test in a timely manner, you may miss the opportunity to receive important prenatal care or experience preventable complications.

TIP! Getting sufficient protein from the foods you eat is very important during pregnancy. Your body needs protein to help the baby grow.

If your feet become swollen during your pregnancy, be sure to tell your physician. Swollen feet can signal preeclampsia, dangerously high blood pressure that can occur during pregnancy. Leaving this condition untreated could cause birthing problems.

Body support, while sleeping. is a good idea during pregnancy. Many stores offer special body pillows specifically designed for the pregnant woman. If you cannot find one, you could always use a normal pillow to add extra support. Try sleeping with a pillow under your one knee and your stomach.

While pregnant, eat bland foods such as crackers during the day. This will keep you full of foods that will help control nausea and vomiting. Foods that are acidic or greasy will give you heartburn and aggravate the nausea.

TIP! Make sure you are tested for diseases that are sexually transmitted when you are pregnant. These diseases can cause you and your baby serious health problems if left untreated.

Read stories online to learn what to expect when giving birth. These accounts are great, as they are firsthand experiences of the process. Also, these stories will make you feel more comfortable.

Have a conversation with your baby each day. After ten weeks, your baby will grow more accustomed to your touch. A few weeks later, the baby can hear your voice, as well as react to light. By taking to your baby while you are pregnant, you can begin building your bond.

Leg cramps are a common issue for pregnant women. This is normal but can be avoided by stretching before bed. Drinking plenty of water can help you avoid them also, as can eating plenty of bananas.

TIP! To better maintain non-pregnancy pants, try using elastic hair ties looped through your button holes over the button so that you can zip pants up as high as you can. With a long shirt or an elastic maternity band to cover the top of your pants, no one can tell that they are technically unbuttoned.

Make sure that you wear maternity clothes that fit. A lot of women like to wear their regular clothes for as long as they can because they just don’t want to buy ‘pregnancy clothes’. You will be so much more comfortable and happier if you buy clothes that actually fit your growing body.

Get yourself tested for HIV to make sure your pregnancy is healthy. Even if you don’t think it’s possible the worst can happen, so it’s best to know before your baby is born so you can ensure they have the best chance of being healthy. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to find HIV specialists to assist you.

Talk to the baby in your belly. It’s been proven that babies respond to touch around the tenth week of pregnancy. Not long after, they can hear and respond to light. You can strengthen your bond with your baby if you talk to him.

TIP! Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol easily travels from the pregnant woman right to the baby, through the placenta.

Since your body grows and changes during pregnancy, you may want to take photos of your developing belly. The wonderment that is your baby developing from one week to the next may be a distant memory as you care for a full human child after they begin to walk and talk. This is why it is so great for you to capture this process in still images.

There may be some swelling that is a normal part of pregnancy. Attempt to minimize your salt intake.

To get a good night’s restful sleep, establish a regular routine. A routine can help ease your body into anticipating sleep and help you sleep better. Your last few hours before bedtime should be peaceful and relaxing. Help yourself to feel more ready for bed by drinking caffeine-free tea or a taking a warm bath.

TIP! Avoid going to the store when you are hungry. Pregnancy is a time when many women have cravings for junk foods.

Take a childbirth class. These sorts of classes help you know what to expect throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Classes offered at your hospital usually have facility tours.

As previously stated, many women don’t know some things about pregnancy. By exploring the unknown, you’ll be less stressed and find you enjoy your pregnancy even more. The article you have just read is the start of a wonderful journey. If you have a pregnant friend or relative, don’t hesitate to pass this advice onto them, as well.

Quit smoking if you are pregnant. Smoking can cause multiple risks to pregnant women and their babies. The risks are to the fetus and the mother. There is an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy. Studies show that if you smoke then there is a greater chance of having a miscarriage or stillbirth. You are also putting your baby at risk for premature birth or birth defects.

TIP! Eat foods that contain iron for the health of your body. A pregnant woman has higher blood volume and needs to meet that demand with more iron.

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