Pregnancy is the beginning of that greatest human adventure: parenthood. Just like the child-rearing that comes after it, pregnancy can seem bewildering and challenging. Expectant parents can take heart, though, because few people are born knowing all the tricks to make a pregnancy healthy and free of stress. This article contains a few tips that may be handy for any parent-to-be.
It is important that a woman takes folic acid during the first three month’s of her pregnancy. Folic acid helps create a strong nervous system for the baby and prevents Neural Tube Defects, including Spinal Bifida and Cleft Palate. For women who do not want to take a folic acid pill, you can find it naturally in green vegetables, rice, and peas.
If you are seeing a doctor for anything, you need to tell them that you are pregnant. Some of the tests that they perform at the doctors office can be harmful to a pregnant women, and they will skip these for you. Even if there is only a small chance you could be pregnant, you need to speak up.
If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, make sure to do your research before you give birth. Many women have their mind set on breastfeeding and then have no idea how to do it when the time comes. You can get advice through breastfeeding classes at local hospitals or buy books that give you techniques.
Call your doctor for anything that seems “off”. You know your body better than anyone and if something doesn’t feel right, then use that intuition and give your practitioner a call. They will decide if it’s something they need to check out or not, but don’t hesitate to seek help.
Stock up on notepads and sticky notes and write everything down that you are supposed to remember. Many pregnant women realize that their memories are just not what they were pre-pregnancy. Counteract this development by making yourself reminders of everything before you find yourself at the store with no idea why you are there.
If you have decided how to have your baby, maybe natural childbirth, or caesarian section, you should write a birth plan. The birth plan will detail all of your expectations for delivery and should be shared with your doctors. Having this plan will calm your anxiety as your delivery date approaches.
Although it can be fun, when decorating your baby’s nursery avoid painting or putting up wallpaper while you are pregnant to avoid the harmful fumes. Have your partner or some friends to take care of those jobs, and stay out of the room until the paint or wallpaper glue dries and the room is fume-free.
Whether parents are expecting their first child or have experienced pregnancy before, they may well benefit from learning a little more about the process. Advice like what is in this article, can be of use to any soon-to-be parent. Pregnancy can be trying and any hints that help ease parents through it, will surely be appreciated.