Pregnancy is an amazing time in every mother’s life. It’s exciting and comes with plenty of learning experiences and challenges. In order to know how to handle this time and everything that comes along with it, take a look at the tips below!
Take Prenatal Vitamins
Your baby’s brain and spinal cord are beginning to be formed during the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important to be prepared from the start. It’s essential that you receive the right nutrients in order to have as healthy a baby as possible. If you are in the process of trying for a baby, begin taking prenatal vitamins now in order to ensure that when you do become pregnant, your baby will have a head start.
Prepare for the Big Day
Write down your birth plan. Figure out what you would like during your delivery. Who would you like to be present? Which procedures do you want and not want? What position would you like to be in during labor and delivery? Additionally, it is extremely helpful to begin packing your hospital bag far in advance. Bring along any clothes you’d like to wear, anything you’ve bought for the baby’s first few days, and anything else you believe would be helpful. If you do go into labor unexpectedly, then you will be extremely happy to have prepared! Regardless, the last few weeks of pregnancy come with challenges which might make it harder to bend over and retrieve items to pack, so it’s always best to prepare this in the early part of your pregnancy and then simply add to it as time passes.
Take a Break
Everyday chores which we might not think much of can actually pose danger during pregnancy, to yourself and your baby. Exposure to the chemicals in cleaning products is definitely something to avoid, as you don’t want to expose your baby to anything that might harm them. Additionally, climbing on ladders or step stools is something to be wary of, and it’s best to avoid doing so as much as possible. Heavy lifting is another no-no; you never want to strain yourself and risk harm to your little one. Additionally, handling kitty litter places your child at risk for toxoplasmosis, which is often transmitted through cats. Always wash your hands if you’re around cats at any time during your pregnancy.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
It may feel as though your feet are growing along with your baby bump. The weight gain places extra pressure on your feet, which may flatten your feet. Fluid retention also leads the feet and ankles to become swollen and enlarged. Therefore, it’s important to wear comfortable, supportive, and non-restrictive foods during your pregnancy. You may wish to buy shoes that are a size up or invest in some orthotics to get your through this time.
Maintain Your Energy Levels Naturally
Limit your caffeine consumption during pregnancy. This may sound impossible if you’re a coffee lover, but we know it’s hard to cut back! Try snacking on some fruit as a pick-me-up. Not only is it full of nutrients which are essential for you and your baby, but the natural sugars will also help to boost your energy levels.
These are just some of the ways in which you can ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. This magical time comes with its own challenges and unique experience, and it’s always best to be prepared!
We are so excited for you and your baby and we know that your pregnancy will be a wonderful experience as you eagerly anticipate the arrival of your little one. Schedule regular check-ups with us to help the pregnancy run as smoothly as possible, and be sure to follow the tips above to help you prepare! Give us a call today at (956) 548-1959 to schedule your next appointment, and join the #cisnerosbabyclub!