Prepare yourself for this amazing experience! you’ll experience the amazing process of childbirth! A healthy pregnancy begins before you become pregnant. It actually begins long before you even think about motherhood. Take a moment to learn what you can do now to make sure any future pregnancies are planned and healthy.
1. Visits to doctor for prenatal care
Many couples visit a doctor even before planning a baby just to make sure that their first time pregnancy is healthy and devoid of complications. Once you confirm your pregnancy, it is important to visit your doctor regularly. Choose the best gynecologist and never skip monthly check-ups. This helps in gauging both the mother’s and the baby’s health. Moreover, it is also necessary to curb any developmental disorders at an earlier stage itself. Every checkup is important as a few complications, if any, could show only at the later pregnancy stages. The sooner you find, the quicker you can go for treatment.
2. Understanding the family medical history
This is one of the most crucial things to remember during pregnancy. Once you conceive, it is a good idea to discuss your mother’s, grandmother’s, or aunts’ pregnancies. It helps you learn about any genetic disorders or birth abnormalities in the family line. Information like this will prepare you for any potential problems and take preventive actions if required
3. How much weight gain is normal?
Most women are worried about weight gain during their pregnancy for the first time and are eager to lose it at the earliest post-pregnancy. Your weight gain depends on your BMI (body mass index) before pregnancy. If you are overweight when you conceive, then you are advised to put on fewer calories than someone who is of normal weight. The basic idea is that the fetus should get necessary nutrients to grow and have a healthy development. So eating the right meal and understanding the needs of the baby are a priority
4. What to eat and what not to eat
Along with the regular dose of vitamin and health supplements, you should have a nutritious, wholesome, and balanced diet. Doctors, usually, provide a proper diet chart as per your unique needs.Also, you need to stay away from alcohol and caffeine products as they can increase the chances of premature delivery, congenital disabilities, and underweight in babies.
5. Discomforts during pregnancy
Being pregnant is not easy. There will be discomforts throughout the period. Activities such as standing or sitting for long durations that you could indulge in earlier, would either be forbidden now or you find them too difficult to do. Issues such as constipation and vomiting could drain your energy. Eating healthy and getting the required amount of rest, can help you reduce the discomforts.Avoid wearing underwire bras as they can restrict the breast changes. Use bras with thickened flat straps, which can cover your breasts completely.
6. Physical activities are a must
Your everyday exercise routine ensures the smooth functioning of your body. Remember, childbirth is a laborious process that demands a lot of energy. Only a healthy body can withstand the various stages of labor. Exercises also help in alleviating the usual discomforts one experiences in pregnancy. They strengthen your muscles to endure pregnancy pains. Results show, the right workout routine of a pregnant mom significantly supports the development of your baby’s entire system. Fluid retention would be one big issue. Try sleeping with your feet elevated and make sure to drink more water.
7. Choose your place of birthing
You should plan the place – hospital, nursing home, etc. – where you would like to give birth. It is important to choose a place that is best for you and suits the needs of your family. The hospital should be determined by the expertise of your doctors, their credibility, the visitation hours, hygiene, and other factors such as the distance from home and the surroundings of the birthing place. Selecting a place well in advance and making visits there should make you comfortable for your D-day.
8. What is labor pain?
When your due date comes closer, you will go into labor pain. It is necessary to consult the doctor and understand what ‘going to labor’ means. It is another must thing to know when pregnant and identifying it will make it easy for you to handle your labor with no difficulty. One quick sign of labor is frequent contractions which increase in duration as well as intensity. Many times, walking is recommended during early labor because it makes women feel more comfortable.Decide beforehand who would be with you when you are giving birth. Some women prefer people around while some others would want privacy. Do not panic when you are in labor. Just calm down and let no story affect you in any way. Everyone’s experience is different.
9. Fearing childbirth could delay the labor
Women who fear childbirth will spend about one and a half hour longer than women who do not fear about giving birth. Fear and anxiety would increase the blood concentrations of the hormones known as catecholamines, which will weaken the ability of the uterus to contract. Poor communication between you and your doctor may also prolong the labor. It is advisable to go for prenatal breathing classes and a doula to guide you through the labor.You should talk to the doctor about how your spouse can help you with labor. He might be your emotional support when you are giving birth.
10. Learning and understanding childcare and parenting
After delivery, a sudden responsibility of childcare and parenting can be difficult for many people. Therefore, talk to your doctors, friends, relatives, or read various books to equip yourself with some knowledge on pregnancy and childcare. You have to arrange for help beforehand so that there is someone to take care of the baby when you are at work or taking your postpartum rest. It is best to have a close relative but if that is not possible arrange for a night nanny or a baby sitter.