You’re pregnant! Congratulations to you on becoming pregnant. You may be thinking, what do I do now? Do not worry I am here to help you and guide you with some helpful tips to get you started. Get a cup of tea and relax reading this article it will make you feel less stressed. Try to incorporate some of these tips to put you on track in your pregnancy.
1. Tell your Spouse, Partner, Guardian, or Friend
When you first find out that you are expecting after taking a pregnancy test you are going to want to tell at least one person. Whatever your situation may be tell either your spouse, partner, guardian, or friend the news you have received. This is a very happy moment and it can also be a shocking scary moment. Having someone there to confide into can really make the process really stress relieving. This is a time in your life that you should share this with someone. They will be able to help you get through the rest of the tips we have for you.
2. Call an OB-GYN Doctor’s Office to Set Up an Appointment
Another thing you need to do as soon as possible is to decide on an OB-GYN in your area. There will most likely be a few places to choose from when you check your local area. Pick the one that you think looks like best based on ratings and patient satisfaction.
When you call them, they will want to set up an appointment pretty soon to confirm that you are indeed pregnant and what measure’s you need to start taking for your baby. They will more than likely narrow down your due date at your second appointment and perform an ultrasound test to check on the baby. Having an OB-GYN is very important because they provide excellent prenatal health to you and your baby, helping you to bring a happy and healthy little baby into this world.
3. Do Not Smoke
If you do not already know this simple rule then let me help tell you; do not smoke while you are pregnant. This will increase your chances of having complications during your pregnancy. This will also give your baby harmful chemicals such as nicotine. Smoking reduces the blood flow in the body which is harmful to the baby’s oxygen levels.
Even if you know the risks associated with smoking and are not partaking in smoking; remember to not be around other people who are smoking. Second hand smoke is just as harmful as smoking. So, if you have a family member who smokes, ask them to please not do it around you while you are pregnant.
4. Don’t use Alcohol
Again, if you are not aware drinking alcohol is very harmful to you and your baby. It can lead to horrible complications and deformities in your baby. The most common now medical issue that is related to babies whose mothers consumed alcohol is fetal alcohol syndrome. if you drank before you knew you were pregnant it is okay; just don’t plan on drinking any more alcohol until after you have had your baby. If you are worried about this in any way talk to your OB-GYN further for more information.
5. Take your Prenatal Vitamins
Taking a regular multivitamin will no longer work when you are pregnant. During your pregnancy you will need to switch over to prenatal vitamins. Prenatal vitamins have higher dosages of folic acid, which is what expecting mother needs more of when they are pregnant. There is also a very important ingredient labeled DHA; which helps develop babies brain growth. Taking a prenatal vitamin every day is essential to a healthy and happy pregnancy. Here is one of my favorite prenatal vitamins to take while pregnant.
6. Healthy Diet Equals Healthy Baby
Now that you are pregnant you will notice an increase desire to eat more. You may also experience cravings for certain foods. While that is all fine you still want to keep in mind what you are putting into your body. You do not want to be dieting but you should be eating whole healthy foods that will give you energy and keep you healthy. A balanced diet is a must for the better growth for the baby as well as you.
Foods to Eat That Contain Healthy Fats
- Fresh vegetables such as peppers, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- Fresh whole fruits such as blueberries, apples, oranges, strawberries, and mangos.
- Healthy fats and oils such as olive oil, ghee, and coconut oil.
- Lean proteins such as chicken breasts that have been fully cooked and beans.
- Nuts and seeds.
There are also foods that you need to avoid taking when you are pregnant because there can be harmful bacteria on the food. You also want to avoid highly processed super sugar foods as well. Here is a list of some foods to avoid:
Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Raw food or undercooked food not brought up to proper temperature.
- Unpasteurized dairy products can contain bacteria that are unsafe during pregnancy.
- Liver and liver pates.
- Moldy soft cheese like brie and blue cheese.
- Runny undercooked eggs that could potentially contain salmonella.
- Fish that contain high amounts of mercury such as shark, tuna, or swordfish.
- Never any raw fish such as sushi, it could contain bacteria as well as give you food poisoning.
Another thing you should consider avoiding during pregnancy is your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine has been connected to miscarriages, birth defects, and low birth weight. Caffeine can be found in some many different things such as:
- Energy drinks
Some caffeine is okay but too much can be very bad. You should consume only 150mg of caffeine per day when you are pregnant, so just keep track from now on.
7. Keep Hydrated
Water is much required by pregnant women. It helps to remove wastes from their body. In nausea conditions, a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of sugar can be added to the water. It can help greatly. Remember to increase your water intake as much as possible. Fill any bottles that you can with water and bring them with you when you go out or to the gym.
8. Exercise is Good for You
You don’t have to go hardcore at the gym when you are pregnant but it is still good to be somewhat active. You can simply go for walks at least thirty minutes each day to keep your body feel good. This will not only increase your happiness, help your baby’s health, help you sleep better but it will also help decrease the time of post-partum recovery.
There are all sorts of friendly pregnancy workouts surfing the web. YouTube is a popular place to find exercises that you can do easily during each trimester. Another great way to be active is to try some prenatal yoga. If you were someone that was very fit before you were pregnant then you should have no trouble continuing to workout but if you don’t really workout don’t overdo it while being pregnant.
9. Get Plenty of Rest and Sleep
This is a tip I couldn’t stress enough to you. Even if you are not pregnant it is crucial to get a good night’s sleep to really prepare you for the next day ahead. Each trimester of pregnancy can be trying in their own different ways. Try to get at least nine hours of sleep each night and if you can squeeze in a nap each day as well would be really beneficial to you during your pregnancy. Once the baby gets here you will have little time to rest so enjoy it while you can.
Try a Pregnancy Pillow
A pregnancy pillow is a great way to help you get comfortable while sleeping. As your belly gets bigger it makes it quite hard to feel relaxed and comfortable when sleeping. The pregnancy pillow will conform to your body’s shape providing support for your head, belly, and hips. This is a very affordable easy way to provide comfort for yourself for the next nine months. Here is the pregnancy pillow that I loved when I was pregnant. I slept with it every night.
10. Figure out your Due Date
This is an easy and fun way to get excited about your pregnancy. If you have not already learned when your due date is from a doctor then you can use a due date calculator to find an estimated date when the baby will be born. All you will have to do is fill in the date of the first day of the last period you have had. Then you will enter the number of days your cycle usually lasts. Depending on the accuracy of the date you entered should pinpoint when your baby might be here.
11. Maternity Clothing
Maternity clothing is a wonderful way to feel comfortable while you are pregnant. This clothing supports your growing belly and uterus by allowing more room in these areas of the clothing. Tight fitting clothing will feel very uncomfortable because most of the time during your pregnancy you will feel bloated and sore. You can find maternity clothing just about at any store. If you are not into maternity clothing you can always buy a bigger size in clothing to accommodate for extra room.
If you do not have much money to spend on maternity clothing there are many second hand shops that sell maternity clothing. There are also some very affordable maternity clothing lines located in Walmart and Target stores.
You won’t really start noticing a change in your growing belly until the second trimester. Until then you will still want to be as comfortable as possible. This means it is time to pull out the long flowy dresses, longer tunic shirts, leggings, graphic tees, and sweat pants. Let yourself be comfortable during this time, you will be so glad that you did.
12. Are You Up to Date on Vaccinations?
You want to make sure that you are healthy before and after your pregnancy. It is important to know that you have gotten all of your shots to reduce the risk of disease. There will also be a few shots that will need to be gotten while you are pregnant. Your OB-GYN will be able to help you with all of this. It is also important to get a flu shot because when you get sick when you are pregnant it is very hard to cure it because there is not much to offer when taking medication.
13. Use Lotions to Prevent Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are going to happen regardless because your body is changing and getting bigger in areas it has not gotten bigger in before. To help prevent stretch marks you can use a stretch mark cream. The cream will not prevent them from happening but for most people they have had diminished stretch marks or fewer than people who weren’t using anything at all. This is a great stretch mark cream to use and one of my personal favorites.
14. Research Baby Gear
You may already know that when you are having a baby there is so much gear and stuff that comes along with being a parent. How do you know what you need? You need to start doing some research on what are the essential pieces of gear you will need for your new baby. From baby strollers to breast pumps you will need some knowledge on those items before purchasing. There are so many resources out on the internet and our site that will guide you through this process.
15. Read a Pregnancy Book
A pregnancy book is a great resource to prepare you for motherhood. It is essentially is your guide of everything you will need to know while you are pregnant as well as the first year of your child’s life. If you don’t have any experience with babies or children then a pregnancy book will be a lifesaver for you. Remember if you have any questions to ask either your OB-GYN or someone who has experienced pregnancy before. If you love to read then this will be another relaxing thing you can do while you rest your feet from the long day. Here is my recommendation for a pregnancy book.
Now that you have had time to read over these tips you now know what the next steps are in your pregnancy journey. Try not to worry because everything works itself out and becomes fine. So, congratulations are in order to you on expecting a bundle of joy. It can be scary at first but also exciting and following these tips will start you on the track for success during your pregnancy.
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My name is Frankie, and I am here to help you get the best gear for your baby, do everything right, and avoid problems raising your child. I am absolutely in love with babies, and I could talk about them all day! I have two children one three year old boy and a newborn baby girl. I am a stay at home mom and I absolutely love to stay at home with my babies! Here at MotherhoodPro you’ll find guides, roundups, reviews, news and info for every problem that you might have, from the ground up to the complex and demanding stuff you need to prepare for. I hope you’ll have a great time exploring the site.