Pregnancy is unlike any other medical condition or life experience you will ever have. You will not just meet a new person; you will welcome him to the world, your family and your heart forever. Every preparation will get you ready for this life-changing time. The healthier you can be, the healthier the baby will be.
Take care of your body, because it will be the home of your little one for the next nine months. Eat a balanced diet, full of calcium, iron and folic acid. Fulfill your cravings with natural ingredients, such as dairy, vegetables and fruits. Swim or walk daily, to engage in light exercise. Prenatal exercise classes focus on the pelvic, abdominal and back areas, helping you stay strong and prepare for labor. Don’t strain yourself and always talk with your doctor to make sure your routine isn’t stressing your child. Attend all your scheduled medical appointments to stay updated on your development. Avoid eating raw or undercooked food that may harbor bacteria. Now is not a good time to contract food poisoning. Wash your hands often and stay away from those with seasonal colds and flus.
Keep your mind sharp and educate yourself about the coming changes. You will feel more relaxed and ready if know what you can expect. Talk with your doctor and trusted friends about which books they recommend. Hundreds of books discuss childbirth and parenting from hundreds of perspectives. Find the ones that make sense for your life and convictions. Acquaint yourself and your partner with the hospital and delivery routine. Attend classes to learn more about labor and parenting. Don’t let questions linger in your mind, where they can cause unneeded stress. You have nine months to read, learn and ask everything you need before the contractions begin.
The hormones raging inside you and the anticipation of things to come may threaten to upset your emotional preparation. Try to stay as calm and relaxed as you can throughout the experience, enjoying a bath and massage whenever possible. As the baby grows within you, you will start to bond with him. Learn to talk to him, sing to him or read to him as you get ready to see him. Encourage your partner or your other children to get to know the baby as well. Let them touch your belly when the baby flutters about. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and nervous about the pregnancy and birth. Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings. If your emotions seem abnormally out of control, talk with your doctor about any depression or anxiety you experience.
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