Preparing for pregnancy is a great time. Your body, however, is going to be very different than it once was. Read on to find out more.
Is a baby coming? Do you plan to breastfeed? Are you thinking about doing so publicly or are you looking to be more discreet. Nursing clothing is a great choice to accomplish this. There are many companies specializing in outfits designed for discreet breastfeeding. In other words, no one can really tell what you are doing. Here is another thought. Try nursing in front of a mirror for a while – so you can see what other may see – and fix it.
Meet with your doctor before deciding to have a baby. Your doctor can help suggest healthy lifestyle changes to help you have a better pregnancy. Be armed with information from an expert will better help you ensure your pregnancy goes as well as possible.
Enlist the services of a doula. Doulas are like a coach for your birth. She can give you support and ideas during your labor and delivery. Their experience can be an incredible source of strength during the birthing process.
Avoid using medical remedies, if you get sick. Medicine found over-the-counter have drugs that can harm your fetus. There are natural remedies for many common ailments. You also shouldn’t be afraid to go to your doctor for some more advice.
Use stories and photos so you can share pregnancy with your child later. Kids are fascinated by photos of their mother with them “in their bellies.” Snap a few pics and add notes to them that the kids can see.
While odd sounding, pregnant women should avoid kitty litter. Toxoplasmosis can occur. This parasitic disease can affect an unborn child. Don’t go near cat litter to make sure your baby is safe.
Massaging your belly can be beneficial in many ways,; it’s best to start at the end of the second trimester. To do this, set up a few pillows behind you on a sofa or bed, ensuring that you are sitting comfortably. Put some oil on your stomach and massage with light pressure. Listen to music that’s relaxing, and always be breathing deeply. A massage like this will help you to relax, will soothe your baby, and the oil may even help to prevent stretch marks.
One test that should be administered to every pregnant woman is an HIV test. If you are HIV positive, your doctor can take measures to block the disease from affecting the fetus. It will also allow you to seek out medical professionals who are knowledgeable about HIV.
A birth plan really helps you understand your expectations. You can also put in personal preferences for your childbirth, such as music and lighting, so that you are as comfortable as possible when you give birth. You can make it as in-depth or brief as you see fit.
When you’re prepared, it’s better for you and the baby. When you know what some of the issues may be, you’ll find that the nine months will be happier and filled with a lot less stress. Gain sufficient knowledge to truly appreciate the experience.