Pregnancy is one of the most wonderful things a woman experiences in her lifetime, but also the most mysterious. A woman is normally pregnant 9 months (40 weeks). In those 9 months, wonderful and not so wonderful things happen, as well as confusing things that are hard to explain. In this article, we will discuss what should happen month-by-month, week-by-week, and one trimester after the next. Hopefully with the following valuable information, you will be quite prepared for what is to come in your pregnancy.
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.
Start exercising for a healthy you and a healthy baby. Pregnancy is not an excuse to sit on the couch for nine months. Being active during pregnancy has been shown to reduce the risk of miscarriages and can help shorten the length of your labor. Keeping yourself active will go a long way towards having a smooth pregnancy.
If you get a headache when you are pregnant, make sure to stay away from aspirin. Aspirin has been proven to cause harm in both an expectant mother and baby. It is best to ask your doctor what medications are safe for you to use. Also, try relieving head pressure by using a cool compress.
Take a childbirth class. Even for veteran parents, these educational sessions help expectant parents feel more confident about their situation and their abilities. The classes give parents a forum to ask questions and meet other families who are experiencing the same things they are. They also provide time for each couple to talk and spend time with one another.
Pregnant women must take care when it comes to sun protection. A pregnant woman’s skin is often more sensitive, making sunburn more likely, which can lead to even more serious potential problems such as skin cancer.
Your nutrition now that you are pregnant, is more important than ever. Not only are you needing more energy and strength just to get through the day, but your baby also needs lots of vitamins and minerals to develop properly. Make sure you eat several solid meals each day and work in items from each major food group.
To stave off constipation during pregnancy, consume high-fiber foods like whole wheat bread, veggies and fruits. Constipation is due in large part to hormonal changes. There are gastrointestinal issues and discomfort, that are often caused by constipation.
Just because you crave a certain food, it doesn’t mean you should over-indulge in it, especially if it full of empty calories. Your developing baby has particular nutritional needs, much like you do. Gorging yourself on your cravings may only satisfy those cravings and not the nutritional needs of your unborn child. For this reason, make sure you eat a well-balanced to meet both of your needs.
All in all, pregnancy is an amazing, not so amazing, and mysterious experience. Women need to be prepared for pregnancy and know what to expect from it. Women also need to know how their baby is developing throughout the weeks of their pregnancy. With our month-by-month, week-by-week, and trimester-by-trimester breakdown of all the happenings of pregnancy, you will be enriched with all you need to know about your pregnancy!