Pregnancy is a time in life that should be a positive experience. With the right information, you can make sure that your pregnancy goes smoothly. Keeping yourself healthy during pregnancy is one of the best things that you can do for your developing baby. Read on to find the tips you need to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy.
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 piece of mind by helping them plan, and they answer questions that they may not want to ask their friends or family members.
Human skin can stretch a lot, but only so far. Your stomach may become itchy as it stretches, but this is normal. To ease the itchiness, resist the urge to take a hot bath or shower. A hot bath or shower can actually produce more itching because excessively hot water will wash away essential oils that keep skin moist. Make sure to use a heavy moisturizer like cocoa butter or petroleum jelly. Get clothes that are loose fitting and resist the urge to scratch; try rubbing the itches with lotion instead.
If a sickness or food gives you diarrhea while pregnant, drink lots and lots of fluids. While diarrhea causes dehydration in everyone, it’s more serious for someone who is pregnant, as you could end up being hospitalized needing an IV drip. Tour a few birth facilities before delivering your baby. Hospital births are popular, but a birthing center might be more your style. Some facilities even offer practitioners who will perform home births. Touring several different types of birthing facilities will let you know the pros and cons of each, and help you to make an educated decision. Avoid being seated in an immobile position for extended periods of time. Many pregnant women suffer with badly swollen ankles and feet towards the end of the day. Swelling occurs because lack of circulation occurs to the lower half of the body while sitting. For this reason, long periods of sitting can cause swelling to the ankles and feet. To reduce such swelling, try sleeping on the left side of your body and soaking your feet in cool water. Also, don’t wear socks with tight elastic bands, and when sitting, avoid crossing your ankles.
Take time to relax and treat yourself well during pregnancy. After your baby arrives, you will have little time to pamper yourself due to all of the demands of your new little one. It may be your last chance for some time to do the things that you love, treat yourself to a spa day, or just relax with your friends. It will help you feel better, and the baby will too.
If you are unsure if your water has broken, don’t hesitate to call the doctor; sometimes it is a small but steady trickle and not the huge gush you have been expecting. Many women have experienced this and if it did, the baby must come out within a certain time frame to avoid infection.