“We’re having a baby! Now what?” These are thoughts that go through every couple mind when they receive the news. You hear old stories from your grandma, experiences from your friends, or watched your sister’s journey through 9 months of carrying her baby… it still doesn’t make you any less apprehensive. Don’t let that nervousness get the better of you.
We thought you might like some essentials that every expecting couple should know. (And soon to be grandparents as well!)
Pre-Natal Vitamins (not your usual candy)-
Even when you’re still trying to conceive, it’s smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
Get your WORKOUT game strong-
Staying active is a must for most moms to be. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and help you sleep better. Take this as an opportunity to spend more time with your husband/girlfriend/sister by making them your workout partner.
And the added advantage – being in good shape helps you lose your post-baby weight much quicker.
(P.S-Always check with your Medical care provider before you start any new exercise routine)
Strengthen Your Pelvic Muscles-
Kegel exercise helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support your bladder, bowels, and uterus. Done correctly, this simple exercise can help make your delivery easier and prevent problems later with incontinence. The best part- these can be done anytime-anywhere!!!
Be Cautious Of Your Daily Routines-
Even everyday tasks like scrubbing the bathroom or cleaning up after pets can become risky when you’re pregnant. Be cautious when you do any of the following:
– Heavy lifting
– Climbing on stepstools or ladders
– Using harsh chemicals
– Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove
Is your weight under check?
We know – you’re eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems. Discuss your concerns with your Doctor or a nutritionist if needed.
Food Rich in Folates-
Folic acid is crucial for the proper development of the baby’s neural tube (it covers the spinal cord), and it’s vital for the creation of new red blood cells. Start eating plenty of folate-rich foods like fortified cereals, asparagus, lentils, wheat germ, and oranges.
Even if this isn’t your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.
Take this as an opportunity to learn about your family history and address your concerns with your doctor.
BE CAUTIOUS of Any Unusual Symptoms-
Contact your Medical care provider at the earliest, if you notice any of the following symptoms:
– Pain of any kind
– Strong cramps
– Contractions at 20-minute intervals
– Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid
– Dizziness or fainting
– Shortness of breath
– Heart palpitations
– Constant nausea and vomiting
– Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)
– Decreased activity by the baby
The right education, healthy habits, and lots of love… will make your 9 months of pregnancy the best time of your life!!!
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