Go ahead and take some time to think about and write a birth plan. This plan needs to include what you want others to do and offer you while you’re delivering the baby. Make certain to pack a bag that can last you overnight, including within it new baby clothes, necessary documentation, camera and insurance cards.
There are several foods that should be avoided during pregnancy to avoid harming to your baby. Unpasteurized milk, raw seafood and some cheeses are best left alone until after your baby is born.
Women in the seventh month of pregnancy or later should sleep on their left side. It allows the baby to get an optimal blood supply, and gives you a better blood flow to the uterus and kidneys. The worst position to sleep in is on your back because it impedes your blood flow and puts pressure on your spine.
If you know you are pregnant, but don’t want others to know yet, there are methods to blow off alcohol without being found out. One thing you can do is to say that you are taking antibiotics. Instead of drinking red wine, you could fill your glass with cranberry juice–nobody will know the difference. Your partner’s assistance may be required in this charade however.
The available registration slots of ante-natal classes fill quickly, so if you plan on going to one, get your name in early. The best time to do this is right when your doctor confirms your pregnancy. Your doctor can recommend where these classes are available, or you can call the hospital since many of them are sponsored by the hospital and take place on hospital grounds. If the class you sign up for doesn’t provide a birthing hospital tour, make separate arrangements for this.
Everyday odors may make you sick because your pregnancy may intensify your smelling senses. If you suffer from nausea, you may wish to carry a handkerchief which you have scented with lavender or lemon oil. If you’re getting sick because of a strong odor in your environment, put the handkerchief under your nose. The scented oil will help ease your discomfort and block the offensive odors around you from getting to your nose.
If you were not under the care of a physician before your pregnancy, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you suspect you may be pregnant. By getting medical care early in your pregnancy, you can help to avoid premature birth, birth defects, and even stillbirth.
Know what the signs of going into premature labor are. This will enable you to touch base with your doctor quickly if you experience similar signs.
Women who are expecting should include exercise in their daily routine, as long as it is approved by her doctor. Exercises lessens the possibility of a miscarriage and can shorten your time in labor, while also having the benefit of getting you one step closer to your pre-pregnancy self following birth.
Swelling is often an inevitable part of pregnancy, but it can be dealt with. Decrease your salt intake to help treat the problem.
If you apply the suggestions from this informative guide, you will find that pregnancy is truly a time to be cherished forever. As you have probably already gathered, preparing for pregnancy is all about confidence and common sense.
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