The following is a guest post submitted by Pankaj Aggarwal
Pregnancy is a major life event. It's a joyous and, often, emotional phase for many soon-to-be moms. Women are given tons of advice and tips on how to handle their pregnancy. They may often get frustrated and even feel overwhelmed with the information that is circulating on the internet. So, today we've compiled eleven simple but important pieces of advice that will help expecting mothers navigate through this exciting time.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet
Pregnant women have heard it a thousand times before. But it really is necessary to eat healthy during pregnancy. The baby will need the utmost amount of nutrition to be safe and healthy. It's okay to indulge in your pregnancy cravings once in a while, but make sure your balancing it out with nutrient rich options. It is better to have a lower amount of starchy carbohydrate during the pregnancy. Stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, and meats to provide a balanced diet.
2. Find Yourself a Good Doctor
The key to a healthy and safe pregnancy is to have a gynaecologist who you like and trust. This doctor will guide you through the entire pregnancy, labor, and delivery along with answering any questions you may have. On your first visit, you can expect them to give a pregnancy test or ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and they'll take a detailed look at your family history. Be sure to write down any questions you may have before your appointment.
3. Stay Active
This is often a controversial matter as the intensity of the exercise should be kept in check. Exercises like walking and swimming are great during pregnancy. Consulting with your doctor will help you know the exact exercises that are best for your particular situation. Kegel exercises are also good to perform to have stronger muscles during delivery.
4. Get Plenty of Rest
This is one of the most important things to remember when you're pregnant. A good night’s sleep is important for both the baby and the mother. This will be particularly important if you have little ones at home already. Try to take small naps throughout the day or whenever the opportunity presents itself. Investing in a good body pillow can help make sleep more comfortable. If you're facing infrequent sleep or insomnia, you should notify the doctor as soon as possible.
5. Take Birthing Classes
Oftentimes, women shy away from natural childbirth for fear of labor pain. Taking birthing classes can help prepare you for labor and increase your chances of having a natural birth. Think about your birth plan ahead of time and be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Remember, our bodies were created to do this very thing and, in most cases, it will do what it needs to do.
6. Don't Obsess About Weight Gain
Most of us aren't blessed with bodies that immediately bounce back to pre-pregnancy weight. While gaining weight is often a sensitive issue for women, it's important to remember that the healthy weight that is gained can be lost after pregnancy. There may be stretch marks and other marks, but that's okay! It's much more important to ensure that your growing baby is getting adequate nutrition. When in doubt, ask your doctor. They can determine the amount of weight gain that is recommended specifically for you.
7. Read Up On Pregnancy & Newborn Care
Reading can be a great way to alleviate anxiety and uncertainty associated with pregnancy and childbirth. It helps pregnant women in knowing about the things that they can expect in the upcoming months. Keep in mind that it's also necessary to avoid reading things that could trigger fear or unrest. Pick up books on motherhood, pregnancy, and other similar things. Try to avoid pregnancy and childbirth horror stories. Also, avoid obsessively googling symptoms on the internet. This will add on a ton of undue stress and worry. If you're concerned about a symptom you may be having, contact your doctor.
9. Advice-Take the Good, Leave the Bad
The moment a couple declares that they're pregnant, people are, more often than not, prepared to give parenting advice. As a fellow human being, you should hear them out. But it's never necessary to follow everything. Keep what's useful and encouraging and discard the rest. Remember, you will have your own experience of pregnancy and motherhood. There are certain instincts that come with being a mother and these instincts will kick in when you least expect it.
10. Enjoy This Season
The task of growing and birthing a baby may be long and drawn out, but it'll be over in a flash. Try to focus on one thing you enjoy in each phase of pregnancy. As you feel your body change, remember to interact with the baby. This can include listening to soothing music, gently rubbing your belly and talking or singing to your baby. This also increases the bond between mom and baby.
11. Give Yourself Grace
As an expecting mother, you'll hear lots of things about what motherhood and having a baby should look like. Most of them are idealized concepts of being a new mom. Motherhood is not easy by any stretch of the imagination but the bond between you and your child will be very special and unique. No one will know how to take care of your child better than you. So give yourself some grace. There will be hard days but there will also be amazing days. Just know that the hard days don't define you as a mother.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for expecting women. It can also be filled with anxiety. Following these 11 tips can greatly decrease the anxiety and uncertainty associated with becoming a new mom. Maintaining a healthy body, healthy mindset, and keeping yourself from negativity are absolutely key when making this beautiful transition into motherhood. Try to relax and enjoy this time with your new baby!
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