The first few days of excitement is now over. You have now overcome the first thoughts that flooded your mind the moment you learned that you are pregnant. You have even shopped for a few items you need for the changes in your body that will be quite visible soon. Now, you have your maternity dress ready and have even read a few pregnancy books at a local bookstore. It’s a good thing you landed on this page as we have prepared some of the helpful tips for a healthy early pregnancy. This will help you easily manage some of your most annoying pregnancy symptoms during the first trimester.
- It’s time to start with prenatal care. It is a normal routine for pregnant mothers to visit their primary caregiver each month, up until the end of the second trimester. Starting on the seventh until the eighth month, the visits will be more frequent (twice in a month). Then, in the ninth month, it will be every week until labor. Your full health history will be discussed in the first visit. You will be given a full physical exam, weight, measured, and all other health-related issues discussed. You will also be given an estimated date of delivery. This is usually 266 days from the first day of your last period if you have normal menstrual cycles.
Basically, your health provider will discuss everything you need to expect, as well as the things that you should do and should not do while waiting for the great day. Somehow, you will have a better perspective of what will happen in the coming months. This will also give you the confidence and security that you are not alone in the journey. Not only that you have your family to provide you with the needed support, you also have an expert who has been dealing with other women who are experiencing the same condition that you have. Your primary caregiver is your first source of fact-based information that will help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Remember to be honest during consultations and reach out to your primary caregiver any time you have any concerns related to your pregnancy.
- Relieve morning sickness and nausea with acupuncture. Although there are very few studies proving the effectivity of acupuncture in treating morning sickness, many who have experienced it say only good things about this ancient form of therapy. There has not been any study negating these claims as well. If you are on a lookout for a solution to nausea and morning sickness, why not give acupuncture a try. Just make sure that the acupuncturist will know that you are pregnant before administering the therapy.
- Take prenatal supplements. If you are having difficulty swallowing the recommended vitamins, you cask your healthcare provider for chewable or liquid alternatives that you can take. It is important that you take supplemental vitamins as you and your baby may not be receiving the recommended dietary allowance, especially if you are experiencing pregnancy-related symptoms, such as nausea and aversion to some food. Remember that your baby needs adequate vitamins and minerals for the proper development of his or her brain and his/her body.
- Exercise regularly. Your pregnancy will drag you at times. To lift your mood and to stay alert throughout the day, you need to exercise or engage in regular activities. These will also condition your mind for childbirth. Just make sure you consult your primary caregiver of any workout plan that you have in mind.
- Keep a healthy smile. Studies have linked gum diseases, particularly inflammation during pregnancy to be linked related to preterm birth. As such, it is important that you keep your oral cavity clean and healthy. Regular brushing and flossing are necessary, but if you vomit from morning sickness, do not to brush your teeth right away as the acids in your vomit may endanger your enamel. Just rinse your mouth with water and brush your tongue. Give your mouth at least 10-minutes before brushing your teeth.
- Eat and live healthy. Everything that you take in will be passed through your unborn child. As such, you need to make sure that you provide your child with the nourishment it requires through the food that you eat. No smoking, drinking or staying up late at night. You will need to provide your baby with the utmost priority, so anything it seems to be saying your body needs to come first.
- Seek constant support from your significant others. Receiving adequate moral support can help you be in a relaxed mood every time. If you will constantly feel grateful and joyfully accepting everything that comes with your pregnancy, it will also be easy for you to give birth to your child. It will also encourage your significant others to participate actively in your pregnancy. It will lessen your worries and will make you feel more comfortable throughout pregnancy.
Common signs of pregnancy include breast discomfort, fatigue, nausea, strange food cravings, mood swings, and more. It will be easier to handle these challenges if you know how to respond to each. Symptoms that you may experience may not be the same as other people you know have experienced. With these tips that we have provided for you, you will have a greater chance to enjoy your pregnancy. This will also encourage a safer child delivery.
If you still have questions concerning your condition or have experienced a condition quite different from the usual signs of pregnancy breathing, let your primary health provider know at once. If you have any other suggestions or experience that you would like to share, we encourage you to share them with other readers. You expect a healthier pregnancy and a healthy baby if you follow the guidelines provided for you. Pregnancy is a journey that you are supposed to enjoy. Are you making the most of this lifetime experience?