Pregnancy is one of the most exciting, surprising, and for some, scary experiences of a woman’s life. Many women are born with innate mothering extincts, however, having a healthy and happy child requires knowledge and research. These tips can demystify what goes on when you are pregnant and makes the process a bit easier to handle.
Do not feel required to announce your pregnancy to everyone as soon as you know. All women have their own comfort zone regarding when they want to tell everyone. Some women wait until they have reached the end of the first trimester and the highest risk of miscarriage is over. Listen to your heart and share the news when you are ready to.
Let yourself be pampered. Especially in the last few months you will probably be very uncomfortable. Check with your local massage parlors and day spas. Many of them will offer pregnancy massages that are designed for your needs. If you are past your due date some of them may actually be able to use pressure points to induce labor.
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.
You should attend pregnancy classes as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Having the chance to receive information in a classroom environment will help put your mind at ease regarding what you are going to be experiencing. Use this as a chance to ask all those questions that are weighing on your mind about what’s to come.
Take a childbirth class. Classes are offered in many doctors’ offices and online. Topics covered include nutrition, exercise, relaxation, epidural anesthesia, pain relief in labor, preparing for labor and childbirth, as well as breastfeeding and baby care. Classes are generally offered once a week over a six to eight week period. Studies show that couples that attend regular childbirth classes are prepared and relaxed during childbirth.
During pregnancy, your body needs adequate support as you sleep. If you can afford it, you should look for the special pillows made to support a pregnant body. In case you do not own a pillow like this, a regular pillow can be used for support. Consider sleeping with a pillow under your stomach and one under your knee.
If you are having trouble getting a full nights rest while pregnant, try taking a nap during the day. Taking a nap can help reduce fatigue. If you are feeling tired, find a quiet spot to relax and try to nap for as long as you can. You may not end up napping for hours but any little bit helps. Try to avoid napping close to bedtime as it will cause you problems when trying to fall asleep for the night.
Pregnancy is a natural part of life. By reading the experiences of others and gaining knowledge from these tips, you can be more prepared for the ups and downs of the next nine months. The birth of a child is rewarding and the months leading up to that, will be wrought full of strange, wonderful and unexpected situations.