Getting ready for a new pregnancy is a scary, but wonderful time in your life. There seem to be so many things to do, so much to learn, so many appointments to remember. We keep doing it though for the awesome payoff at the end. Here are some tips to make your pregnancy as easy as can be.
If you do not yet have an OBGYN, now is the time to find one. You can set up interviews, and find one that you feel you connect with. You will be seeing this doctor often, and they may deliver your baby. Make sure you choose one that you feel extremely comfortable with and can trust.
Take your iron pills. Many pregnant women will get anemia at some point during their pregnancy. Your body needs a lot of iron reserves for the birth and after when you are breastfeeding. Ask your doctor early about taking an iron supplement to keep your levels high and prevent anemia in the first place.
Before you are pregnant, it is a good idea to visit your dentist. Many times during pregnancy, your gums can be very sensitive, and a dental cleaning can be bothersome. You also will not be able to get any x-rays during your pregnancy, so it’s best to get that out of the way beforehand.
Read a pregnancy book. They provide expectant parents with a wealth of information on what to expect both during the pregnancy and after the baby is born. They give new parents peace of mind by helping them plan, and they answer questions that they may not want to ask their friends or family members.
Sleeping on the left side of your body is a good idea in your third trimester. It allows your baby to get the greatest blood supply possible, and also allows optimal blood flow to the uterus and kidneys. Back sleeping is probably the least favorable position for adequate blood flow.
Do not change your cat’s litter when pregnant. Cat litter contains bacteria that can cause toxoplasmosis in pregnant women. Cats may have this parasite and the infection may be passed on to the fetus, resulting in miscarriages or birth abnormalities.
Being pregnant can be hard on your body. Don’t let that get you down. Make sure that you take good care of yourself by doing lots of stretching exercises. If you can work it in, prenatal yoga is a great way to stay limber, keep moving and keep yourself fit.
When you are pregnant avoid taking any over-the-counter (OTC) medication without first consulting your pharmacist. Several of the OTC medications can actually be toxic to the baby if they are passed on through the womb. The fact is many OTC medications – can and will – be passed on through the womb!
You can combine these tips with 20 different books and still not be ready for everything that is to come. The important thing is to keep on learning and keep yourself healthy and happy. Soon you will have a beautiful new baby in your life, and all this work will have been worth it.