Are you pregnant? How was the pregnancy confirmed? Did proof of having a baby come from doing a home pregnancy test or your doctor? Either way it doesn't matter, what matters is, are you happy with the news you're to be a mother. Sadly some women that has fallen pregnant are denied the opportunity of ever giving birth and won't celebrate, and a termination suggested. This could be down to a health problem, where if the pregnancy is allowed to continue the full nine months it could be risky for the woman and baby. Of course this is not the only reason why terminations happen, and whatever your reason, if that is why you are here, is before making any hasty decisions about getting rid of your baby, talk to someone.
It's important prenatal care is sought after the minute you find out you're pregnant. I don't know why it is, but some women tend to put off seeing their GP till a time when they have no choice. Not good as the first three months of pregnancy is critical. Even if you haven't conceived but in the process of trying for a baby, take prenatal vitamins, cut out alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and cut back on sugary drinks/foods.
Regardless of being pregnant or not, your body will benefit greatly with good nutrition inside you. A diet consisting of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, and dairy products that are low in fat, eaten before, during, and after the baby is born, will ensure all round good health and a healthy pregnancy. Don't be fooled that by taking prenatal vitamins alone that this is enough, you can never get enough of good nutrients. While vitamins supply the body with iron and folic acid they are not intended to replace healthy meals.
A pregnant woman's blood volume increases and requires more water to sustain hydration, so its vital a good amount of fluid is in the system to help prevent dehydration and constipation.
It has been suggested by experts that pregnant women should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly. Although the experts have spoken, still have your doctor give you the thumbs up to exercise. Look to do low-impact activities such as swimming and yoga. They are a better choice of exercise over a strenuous workout which could be harmful. Exercises as such are more comfortable and carry less risk of injuring the unborn baby..
Some people if they don't get their fair quota of sleep that they need to function properly, it can cause problems for them the next day. These people are likely to feel lethargic and get irritable due to lack of sleep. It can however get more serious for those who drive for a living, or operate machinery. A pregnant woman needs as much sleep as anybody else, but unfortunately because of shape and size she is always at some point going to struggle to get a good nights sleep. Sleeping on the left side is the best way to maintain the best blood flow to the placenta. It keeps the fetus from lying on a large blood vessel on the right side of the body. Ask your GP to confirm this.
Pregnancy dangers to avoid
Drinking alcohol within reason shouldn't be a problem, or should it?. There's no evidence to prove there's a safe amount to consume during pregnancy. In the past alcohol has been blamed for causing mental and physical birth defects in unborn babies, among other problems. Are you willing to take the chance and put your baby's health in danger by drinking alcohol? If you cut out alcohol while pregnant, that's great, but if you feel you can't do without the booze at least drink within reason.
Drugs: Taking recreational drugs during pregnancy is dangerous, You don't have to be pregnant either to die from drugs not prescribed by a doctor. If you're a user think of your unborn infant. Drug addiction, underdevelopment, premature birth, birth defects, and behavior and learning problems is what can happen to your baby if you continue to shoot up, snort, or whatever!
Nicotine: Smoking during pregnancy is bad, it can lead to stillbirth, premature birth, low birth weight, cot death, (sudden infant death syndrome) asthma and other respiratory problems. Before lighting up a cigarette think of what you are doing that innocent baby of yours.
Caffeine: High intake of caffeine supposedly puts you at higher risk of miscarriage. Help reduce the odds of miscarriage and cut down.
Food: During pregnancy avoid eating soft cheeses, smoked seafood and raw eggs. This will help prevent damage to the fetus.
If you want a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby at the end of it, do what the doctor says. If you find it hard to abide by the rules and that temptation is getting the better of you, but you really do want to be a good mother, look down at your belly and ask baby inside what they'd like you to do.