Being pregnant is one of the most natural states in the world, yet it can also be confusing and frightening for the mother-to-be. The body undergoes significant change, and the lifestyle changes to come will be even bigger. However, being better prepared and informed will help you to reduce the fear and stress that can be associated with pregnancy. Here are just a few of them.

If you don’t feel like going out, don’t. People will understand that this is a trying time and you may not be able to keep up socially. You would be amazed at how pregnancy can make you feel tired and nauseous, and also make you require many bathroom visits. Don’t force yourself to do more than your body can handle.

Purchase your maternity clothes and bras when you need them. They will make you comfortable and having clothes that you need for leaving the house while pregnant will come in very handy. Do not be embarrassed about buying maternity clothes when you are early along. You must pick out the clothing that looks great and feels comfortable.

TIP! Follow your doctor’s appointments religiously. This will help you stay apprised of any issues that pop up, major or minor.

Make sure your diet reflects the right nutrients and vitamins for your baby and you. If you ate a lot of fast food, you will have to make big adjustments. Try eating more vegetables, lean proteins and fruits as soon as possible.

Try to reduce the fat that you consume while pregnant. Gaining too much weight when you are pregnant can pose a health risk to you later and make it hard to lose once you deliver. You only need to put on 15-30 pounds during the entire pregnancy.

Watch your weight even when you are pregnant. Putting on excess weight may threaten your health later and will surely be very difficult to lose also. As a guideline, a woman of average height should gain no more than 15-30 pounds during the course of her pregnancy.

TIP! Pregnant women need to keep their skin protected prior to spending time in the hot sun like everyone else. Pregnant women have more sensitive skin, making it easier for their skin to burn, and that may cause skin cancer and other skin issues later.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of premature labor so you can notify your doctor quickly. If you’re lucky, you’ll never use this information. But should the need arise, knowing what to do will make things easier. The earlier you are able to do something about possible preterm labor, the better your chances will be for a good outcome.

Make sure you are getting enough protein in your diet when you are pregnant. Protein is one of the crucial nutrients for a healthy, unborn child, as well as also being inherently excellent for the mother’s well-being. Tofu, legumes, eggs, and lean meats are wonderful sources of high quality protein to include in your diet.

If you have pets such as a cat, have someone else do the litter box changing. The chemicals in soiled litter can harm you or your unborn child, if you are exposed directly to them. Make sure you have someone else do this if you are the one that is pregnant. You can ask your spouse, another family member or even a friendly neighbor.

TIP! Although some swelling of the feet and ankles is normal during pregnancy, make sure to discuss this with your OB/GYN. This is sometimes a part of pregnancy, but it can be a warning sign of preeclampsia.

Be sure you are aware of all the signs when it comes to premature labor. Research as much as possible, so you know when it’s time to contact your doctor.

Make sure you are tested for diseases that are sexually transmitted when you are pregnant. If you leave these diseases untreated, your baby may be prone to some serious issues because of them. Many STD tests are simple urine, pap smear, or blood tests. With an STD a Cesarean section is the best option.

Make sure you stretch your legs before sleeping to keep cramps at bay. Women who have already experienced pregnancy are sure to have memories of night time leg cramps. Doing some leg stretches before bed will help your muscles to loosen and keep leg cramps at bay.

TIP! Document your pregnancy with sweet pictures and personal stories and anecdotes. Children love looking at pictures of pregnant mommy! Make sure you take many pictures in a series, leaving little notes for your children to see later.

Lots of mothers are excited about decorating their expected child’s nursery. Keep in mind that when you’re pregnant, pain fumes aren’t safe to be around. Keep the windows open and use a low-VOC paint. It is wise to enlist family and friends to do the hard work.

You don’t want to be in a hot tub or sauna when you’re pregnant. An overheated body can do serious damage to your baby. Additionally, many spas offer massages that use oils that can cause early contractions. Clary sage, rosemary and juniper as some of the worst offenders.

Talk to friends who have recently had a baby. Pick their brain to learn any tricks they may have used or learned while pregnant. This can help you to become more comfortable in each stage of the process.

TIP! Take time to relax and treat yourself well during pregnancy. After the baby is born, your time will be spent caring for your new bundle of joy, and it will be very difficult to find the time to treat yourself.

Take pictures during stages of your pregnancy that you can later share with your child. Kids are fascinated by photos of their mother with them “in their bellies.” Make sure that you take pictures during every step of the process.

Get in the habit of doing belly massages starting around the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. You should place a few pillows behind you, and sit at a comfortable angle on the couch or your bed. Use oil as opposed to lotion while massaging your belly lightly. While you do this, play some relaxing music and take deep breaths. This can soothe both you and the baby.

During pregnancy, you should try to steer clear of cat litter. Toxoplasmosis is a type of parasitic disease that may harm an unborn child. Avoid the litter like the plague instead of putting your baby at risk.

TIP! Getting enough sleep is very important when you are pregnant, since it can help your unborn baby grow. Wearing pajamas that are comfortable as well as keeping the room at a comfortable temperature will help you sleep well.

Maternity clothing is important to a mother’s comfort. Don’t let embarrassment over your changing body persuade you to keep squeezing into your pre-pregnancy clothing in a futile effort to avoid the maternity look. You’ll be a more comfortable and confident mother-to-be if you choose to wear clothes that are specifically made for your body’s new shape.

Keep away from alcohol when pregnant. When a woman drinks during her pregnancy, the alcohol will pass through her placenta directly to her unborn fetus. For this reason, women who are pregnant or even trying to get pregnant shouldn’t consume any alcohol. Drinking while pregnant can cause physical or mental problems to the developing baby and also increases the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.

One way to reduce pregnancy-related stress is to prioritize tasks with a list and do only those tasks that need immediate attention. Sometimes you can delegate items on your list to helpful family and friends. You can also skip some tasks to make things easier.

TIP! Ease your muscles prior to slumber by stretching each night before bed. Many pregnant women complain about leg cramps due to the added strain on the leg muscles.

It’s a good idea to have an HIV test at the beginning of your pregnancy. If you come up with a result that is positive, this will let the OB-GYN create a plan to help prevent spreading the disease to the baby. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to find HIV specialists to assist you.

Stretch your muscles before going to bed to minimize cramping. Many pregnant women complain about leg cramps due to the added strain on the leg muscles. Stretching prior to bed relaxes muscles, so that they don’t cramp later in the evening. Stretching can also make your entire body more relaxed which will allow you to sleep better.

Consume a small meal before you do your grocery shopping. You may crave some unhealthy foods when you become pregnant. Although it’s okay to occasionally indulge your cravings, for the most part, eat healthy, nutritious foods throughout your pregnancy. If you feel satisfied while grocery shopping, there’s less of a chance of you buying foods not on the list.

TIP! Make sure you are consuming enough iron when pregnant, so eat foods with a lot of iron and take iron supplements. You are now sharing your nutrition with another person, so eat about 50 percent of what you were eating.

Be diligent about taking the right amount of iron while you are pregnant. Not only will insufficient iron cause you to feel excessively tired but it can also be a factor in lower birth weight for baby. Eating iron-rich foods as well as taking prenatal vitamins can help to ensure that you get the proper amount of iron throughout your pregnancy.

To help you ease your lower back pain while pregnant try doing pelvic tilts. This involves getting down on all fours and alternating between the cat and cow poses of yoga, which are really just arching your spine up and down. These types of tilts can bring the body some relief. They might even coax your baby towards optimal birth positioning.

Staying hydrated is always important, but is it is doubly important to get your eight glasses while you are pregnant. Not only do you and the baby need to stay hydrated for your health, but being thirsty can encourage you to overeat. What feels like hunger is often just dehydration. If you have eaten recently, yet still feel hungry, have some water and see if that solves things.

TIP! Make an appointment with your physician prior to attempting to become pregnant. A thorough exam can ensure you are healthy enough to carry to term.

Nine Months

One of the things to be most aware of is that pregnancy does end. After nine months, the parenting stage begins. Learning some helpful advice can make your pregnancy easier. It will stop those nine months from feeling like it has been nine years.

If you are pregnant, try to learn as much as you can about the process. Having a good pregnancy book on hand can be very helpful. You will find a lot of books that guide you through the weeks when you’re dealing with questions you will have about pregnancy. However, keep in mind that pregnancy experiences vary, so you may not go through what others go through.

TIP! Take a full tour of where you’ll give birth. It is especially important if this is your first child so that you know what it will look like.

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