Excited, scared, anxious and overjoyed are just a few words to describe the feelings of a mom-to-be during her first pregnancy. With such a variety of emotions, first time moms often rely on their doctors to provide them with information to help calm any fear in their hearts. The first pregnancy appointment is an ideal way to get comfortable with the doctor and ask any necessary questions about the next nine months.
What’s going to happen to my body?
Your body is changing, from your skin and hair texture to your hips, butt and stomach. It’s natural for a first-time mom to wonder how her body will change during the course of the pregnancy. Ask your doctor questions about healthy weight gain, when your pregnant belly will start to show and how you can care for your skin and hair as it goes through changes because of your hormones.
Will the morning sickness ever stop?
The unbearable, queasy feeling you endure each morning, and sometimes in the afternoon, probably has you wondering if it’ll ever end. For a first-time mom, morning sickness can present more than just the obvious problems; it can cause concern because the source of the issue isn’t easy to pinpoint. Your doctor can give you ideas for easing morning sickness and other common pregnancy symptoms during your first office visit.
I crave it all, but what’s healthy for me and the baby?
When it comes to food, you want it all, and sometimes you want it all at one time. It’s important to get guidance from your doctor about which foods are good for your and the baby and which can cause problems. During your first pregnancy appointment, talk to your doctor about your pregnancy diet and discuss your cravings. Your doctor may be able to give you some healthy substitutes that will satisfy your taste buds and keep you healthy.
Do I have to abandon my exercise routine?
Pregnancy doesn’t give you a free pass from exercising. In fact, exercising during pregnancy can help ease symptoms and has been known to ease the pains and pressures of labor. Exercises like yoga, walking and dancing can help you stay active and healthy during pregnancy. At your first appointment, detail your workout routine to your doctor to see if you need to make modifications.
Is sex out of the question?
You’ve heard the myth that sex during pregnancy can harm the baby, but talk about sex with your doctor to get the real facts. During your first visit, find out the safest ways you and your partner can engage in sex while you’re pregnant.
What are signs that there may be a problem and do I need to come into the office?
Any abnormal feelings, tastes or smells can strike a first-time mom with a bit of anxiety as she navigates through her nine months of pregnancy. Find out the sure warning signs you need to watch for that require you to contact the doctor or come into the office. Knowing what’s an emergency and what’s a normal function of pregnancy can save you unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office and months of worrying.
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