Getting ready for a new pregnancy is a scary but wonderful time in your life. There seem to be so many things to do, so much to learn, so many appointments to remember. We keep doing it though for the awesome payoff at the end. Here’s some tips to make your pregnancy as easy as can be.
Make sure you are getting adequate amounts of Folic Acid during your pregnancy. Many nutrients are crucial to a healthy pregnancy and baby, but 600 milligrams of Folic Acid per day significantly reduces the likelihood of neural tube defects. Try to get 400 milligrams per day even before your pregnancy to get your body ready!
Understand that a woman of average weight will need to gain between 25 to 35 pounds during their pregnancy. If you are pregnant with twins that number will increase to about 35 to 45 pounds. If you start out overweight, do not try to diet during your pregnancy. Talk with your doctor to develop a healthy eating plan to ensure you and the baby get all of the nutrients you need.
Get your protein during pregnancy to ensure your baby’s health growth. It is the material that structures every cell of your baby’s growing body. If you are not taking in enough protein you are putting your baby at risk of issues with fetal growth. You should be taking in approximately 70 grams of protein a day while pregnant.
If you are suffering from heartburn during your pregnancy, work with both your OB and your doctor to figure out which medications are best for you. Know that if one is not working, you can try another one that may work better. It is important that you keep yourself well nourished and rested and if you have heartburn this could be hard to do.
Keep exercising even after your pregnancy is over and you have your brand new baby. Pay attention to how you feel and take it slow, but keep active as much as you can. Staying fit after birth will help you to recover faster from the effects of the pregnancy and labor.
If you are pregnant, be sure to let your dentist know. Pregnancy and x-rays are often not compatible. The risk of exposure to a fetus may outweigh the benefits of annual x-rays. It is also, at times, not advisable to have fillings removed or teeth whitening procedures done while pregnant. Making your dentist aware of your pregnancy is the best way to ensure the health of your fetus.
If you have a large amount of vaginal discharge when you are pregnant, it is important that you tell your doctor. This could be a sign of a vaginal infection, something common during pregnancy.If it is not treated, it could cause serious health problems for both you and your unborn baby.
It is a good idea to pack your hospital bag when you reach 37 weeks or so. You are more likely to remember the items that you will both want and need while in the hospital if you aren’t tossing things into a bag as you rush out the door.
If you plan to become pregnant in the near future, see your doctor first. Visiting your doctor before becoming pregnant can allow him or her to provide you with valuable health information. This information and advice can help you to get pregnant faster, and to have a healthier pregnancy too.
A multivitamin is a workhorse during pregnancy so make sure and take them every day. Multivitamins provide essential folic acid for the developing baby. They also can reduce the risk of preeclampsia by 45% when taking regularly. Set yourself a reminder in your phone or with notes to take it on a regular basis.
You can combine these tips with 20 different books and still not be ready for everything that is to come. The important thing is to keep on learning and keep yourself healthy and happy. Soon you will have a beautiful new baby in your life and all this work will have been worth it.