There is a lot of information and support forums available regarding pregnancy. However, are you aware of some of the medical things that can occur once the birth has taken place? Here are a few things that you need to know about your body once your bundle of joy has arrived.
To ensure the best nutrients for the baby and you, adjust your eating habits. Fast food, caffeinated colas and sugary snacks are not appropriate staples during your pregnancy. Starting today, eat more lean protein, fruits and vegetables.
Getting exercise is essential to staying healthy while pregnant. Light to moderate exercise, that does not overly stress your body, can help you have a shorter labor and lose your baby weight quickly after delivery.
Do not avoid sex when you are pregnant. Many women are under the assumption that sex can harm their unborn child, but this is not true. In fact, sex can be helpful. Women have high hormone levels when pregnant, and having sex can help relieve some of the stress that these hormones give them.
Don’t be afraid of the weight gain. You are going to gain weight. It’s not only normal but necessary. Your body needs fat reserves for breast milk, energy for labor and delivery as well as lots of extra fluids. Embrace the added weight and know that it will come off afterwards.
Your pregnancy means the decisions are yours. Just because someone in your office or a distant relative doesn’t believe that you should drink coffee or lift something heavier than 20 pounds doesn’t mean they control your pregnancy decisions. Talk to your doctor and make your decisions with them. Ignore unsolicited comments from others.
When you want to avoid cramping, walk around before bed. You may wake up with your legs tangled, so this will help loosen them up. Stretching well before going to bed will relax your muscles and avoid that agonizing midnight awakening.
Stay away from anything that could harm you or your baby. This includes cigarettes, alcohol and even over-the-counter medications. Talk to your doctor about anything you are considering taking and let them advise you on the best course of action. All these substances could have a negative impact on your unborn child’s development.
Realize that “morning” sickness can happen at any time of the day and check with your doctor if it seems really bad. Most new parents are only affected by morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is usually one of the first signs that a women picks up on to signify that she may be pregnant. If it is keeping you from being able to keep down any food, see your doctor for ideas on how to help.
Every woman will experience different body reactions after giving birth; however, after reading this article, you should now be aware of what may happen and thus not be completely frightened if or when these things occur. For peace of mind, rest as much as possible and seek medical advice if anything happens that is well out of the ordinary.