by J. A. Bennett
So you’ve taken the pregnancy test, congratulations! I’m guessing you’ve gone online and done the due date calculator. You’ve probably read about your babies growth and nervously searched for information on the birth, but what about everything else in-between? What are you doing for yourself to make sure that you and your baby are in peak condition before the birth? Today I’m here to tell you about my personal experience with two pregnancies — what worked for me and what didn’t.
You’re going to be told a lot of things during your pregnancy, what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. The number one thing you should know is to listen to your doctor/midwife and don’t be afraid to ask him/her questions. They are here to guide you through this terrifying and exciting time in your life. The second thing you should know is not to believe everything you read on the internet.
I know, can you say hypocrite? I’m right here on the internet offering you advice and on the same token telling you not to listen. The point I’m trying to make is, if you question something you have read, don’t be afraid to ask your health professional before trying anything.
Moving on, I’ve been pregnant twice. Once with a boy and once with a girl, both pregnancies were very different. Your pregnancy is not going be the same as either of mine, but there are some general things that can help be healthier, and make you and your baby happier.
This is the thing that most directly affects you and your child. In the first trimester of your pregnancy you may be stricken with horrible morning all day sickness and the only things you can eat are saltine crackers and cereal. In the second trimester you may find that the only thing you like to eat is grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. In the third trimester you may be too huge to fit much more than a cup of yogurt into your belly. All of that is okay, just make sure you’re not overeating and you’re not just eating junk. Find out what fruits and vegetables you can eat, and eat them! Common sense, I know but when you’re pregnant it’s hard to know what’s right eat when you either don’t feel like eating, or you just want to eat all the time. Don’t be afraid to eat what makes you feel good (as long as it’s not an overdose of Chocolate ~_^)
Exercise is an important part of pregnancy, staying fit will help ease the labor pain (and I had one all natural so I know) MAKE SURE YOU ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT EXERCISE PROGRAMS. But for the most part any form of light exercise (i.e. walking) can help promote a healthier pregnancy. Avoid crunches and abdominal twists or anything too strenuous. Most importantly listen to your body!
That’s going to sum it up for today, but make sure to come back tomorrow because I will be going over sleeping and body issues such as swollen ankles and hands. See you then!
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