When you are pregnant, it is arguably the most natural thing in life. However, it can be frightening and confusing as well for a mom-to-be. Physical and emotional changes can often be overwhelming. Many things can be done to ease the worries of expectant couples. Here are just a few of them.
Being sleepy in the first trimester is very normal. Your energy level will probably plummet as that baby is growing in leaps and bounds. Make sure that you get lots of extra rest. Go to bed early and if you can change your schedule, wake up later. Don’t be afraid to take a nap in the middle of the day either if you need it.
If you haven’t already done so, arrange to tour a variety of birthing facilities. You will be able to focus more on the labor itself when you aren’t stressing about the surroundings you are in. Check out several different places so you can select the best birthing facility for you. Make sure the facilities will work for you and anyone who may be with you while you’re in labor.
During the third trimester, you may find it more comfortable to sleep while lying on the left side of your body. Sleeping this way gives your fetus the best blood supply, and also allows blood to easily flow to your kidneys and uterus. Don’t sleep on your back, as this position is not good for blood flow.
Avoid using medical remedies, if you get sick. The drugs that are in over-the-counter medicine can be harmful to your fetus. Look up natural remedies online for nausea, constipation, or heartburn. Your doctor will also be very knowledgeable about certain tips and advice.
Once you become pregnant, someone else should change the cat litter. Cat litter shouldn’t be handled because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. Cat boxes are can be a place where toxoplasma gondii live which can be transmitted to the fetus causing toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis can lead to a miscarriage, birth defects, and stillbirth.
If the stresses of life get to you while you are pregnant, indulge in a relaxing prenatal massage. Many therapists are trained to provide massages to pregnant women and know which areas to avoid, as well as, which areas might need the most attention. A massage makes a lovely gift to yourself as your due date draws closer.
Don’t sit for long stretches of time. After a long day some pregnant women will experience swollen feet and legs. The extra strain on your body and the needs of your baby cause the extra fluid to accumulate. The longer you sit, the worse the swelling can become. Sleep on the left side of your body, try soaking your feet in some cold water, don’t wear tight socks, and don’t cross ankles when you sit to reduce your swelling.
Pregnancy is only a temporary condition. The next step is parenthood. Learning some pregnancy tips can better that time frame and help it avoid feeling like years.