Going through the pregnancy process requires a lot of attention and care. Many changes happen to your body as you embrace the growth of another body inside you. Are you expecting your second or third baby, or could this be your first introduction to motherhood? You may sometimes wonder if you are doing things the right way or not. Aside from following your doctor’s orders and prescriptions, here are things you should also consider when expecting a baby.
Eat nutritional meals
The food you eat becomes one of the essential things to consider during a pregnancy period. Eating healthy foods contributes to the growth and development of a baby’s brain and weight. It also helps to alleviate pregnancy symptoms like nausea, morning sickness, fatigue and constipation. Your doctor will advise you on the kind of foods to eat, and you can use that to plan a nutritional diet for yourself and your baby. Foods containing protein, vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain are great for pregnant women. Also, find out what kinds of foods to avoid while you are pregnant and expecting. As you do this, remember to drink enough water daily to help with contractions during labour. Also, avoid taking in any alcohol and reduce your caffeine intake to 200mg a day.
Prepare and buy baby necessities
Shopping for baby essentials is one of the fun parts of having a baby. It involves picking clothing and some other necessities based on colors. Ideally, baby essentials for expecting parents such as a crib, clothing, towels, lotions, wipes, bibs and so on should be bought and prepared ahead of time before the arrival of your new-born. Others tend to do the shopping before the gender reveal; it all depends on you and how you want it. You can also decide to get help from a family member who has been through the process before to make the choices easier. Also, have your bags packed with baby and mother essentials as your expecting date draws nearer to help you avoid forgetting what you require after birth in the hospital.
Enroll in a prenatal class
Attending prenatal classes will increase your knowledge about what to know about labour and delivery. It will help increase your confidence in childbirth and calm any fears and anxiety about the process. It will also help you make informed choices about self and pregnancy care. You will learn to relax and be calm during these classes. Not only will it put your mind at ease, but your partner’s as well, and help you bond more. You will get to ask questions and also have them answered during prenatal classes. Furthermore, it will allow you to interact and socialize with other expecting mothers.
Start regular exercise
The body goes through significant changes during the different stages of pregnancy. Some of these changes include weight gain, which is very typical for pregnant women. But this should not involve excessive weight gain, which could pose challenges during childbirth. It matters to stay in good shape before labour and delivery time. Start regular exercise to help you avoid excess weight gain. Regular exercising would help decrease swelling, bloating and also backaches which are associated with pregnancy. It will put you in better moods, increase your strength and help you sleep well. You can start with a 10-minute walk a day and increase it to 30 minutes or an hour. You can also go on everyday runs as it is healthy for you and good for your baby.
If you haven’t been exercising before pregnancy, then start small; don’t do anything excessive since you haven’t built a body capacity for it. You can also find a partner to help motivate you to do physical exercise every day. Again, ensure you get enough rest every day and eat very well before and after workouts. Your doctor may make recommended exercises you should try and partake in for safe delivery, ensure you stick to them. Also, look up or find out types of exercise activities you should avoid in order not to put a strain on yourself and your baby.
It is essential to stay calm and confident during your pregnancy period. Doing the above things should help you achieve that and build stamina for the process. Ask for help when you need it and ask questions when you are not sure, or you are faced with a challenge or situation. You don’t have to do it all on your own; try to relax and trust the process for a successful delivery.