Pregnancy can be such an important part in a women’s life. Everyone has a different journey, some easier than others. I am the first to admit, ours was far from easy, but worth every tear, heart ache, and pain that came along with it. The pregnancy also creates this waiting period. There can be many obstacles along the way such as nausea and vomiting primarily during the first trimester. If you are lucky like me it will only be the first 39 weeks! (Nope that is not a typo.) In addition to that there are the typical backache, bladder and bowel problems, changes of skin, swelling of ankles and veins, fatigue, headache, indigestion, anemia, and so on and so on. These are some of the common discomforts of pregnancy.
Nothing is more precious than health. So taking care and precautions is most necessary for a pregnant women. Prenatal care helps to decrease the risks during pregnancy and certainly increases the chances of a safe and healthy delivery. Every pregnancy is different and pregnancy for every woman is different. For my pregnancy it seemed liked we had weekly appointments for quite sometime, like most of the first trimester. I was viewed as a high risk case because of my age being over 35. Then we graduated to monthly visits. We looked forward to the ultrasounds and seeing how our little pea, blueberry, kumquat, lime etc, continued to grow and flourish. As we watched out little one grow, we also followed the guidelines provided by American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG. There are many recommendations for pregnant women like the regular prenatal check up, feeding the body healthy and nutritious foods, staying hydrated, enjoying plenty of rest, light and moderate exercises, viewing beautiful scenery, and creating a calm atmosphere, to name a few.
When you are pregnant not only will you will need a team of people supporting you, like family and friends, but also you will need to find regular routines to keep the body healthy and strong. You may want to check out the 4 Most Important Exercises During Pregnancy. In addition, here are a few standard precautions to remember like avoiding alcohol, many prescription drugs, smoking, caffeine, X-rays, microwaves, electric blankets, and excess stress.
All pregnant women should follow the advice of their doctor, but here are a few precautions that are not as commonly emphasized, but very important to remember.
I know I have said this throughout the post, but every woman has a different pregnancy, some easier than others. But its up to you to enjoy the journey and all that goes with it. Do remember to include the above five tips. Find the silver lining in those tough days. Savor those amazing days when you feel great and on top of the world. Take one day at a time. Listen to your body and give yourself the nurture and care that you give your baby. Both you and your baby will be more thankful along the journey when you share compassion and love on a daily basis.
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