Pregnancy can be one of the most joyous times in the life of a woman. There are many things that a woman needs to know both about getting pregnant and being pregnant. The more information she has, the easier the entire process will be.
In order for a woman to become pregnant, she must engage in sexual intercourse just before or during ovulation. If she keeps track of her menstrual cycle, she should be able to estimate when this occurs. It is generally twelve to sixteen days before the start of her period. If a woman is having difficulty conceiving, she may want to begin tracking her cycle and taking her basal temperature each morning. It will spike at the time of ovulation. After several months of tracking, she will have a good idea of when it occurs for her.
Prior to becoming pregnant, a woman should begin to prepare her body for pregnancy. This includes giving up any dangerous habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Illegal drugs should also be avoided. Taking a multi-vitamin with folic acid will help to ensure her body has all of the proper nutrients for the fetus. Regular exercise will help to prepare her body for the demands of pregnancy.
Some of the first signs of pregnancy include tender breasts and increased urination. Additionally, many women find that certain foods make them nauseated. Although morning sickness is a sign of pregnancy, the use of the word “morning” is misleading because it can occur at any point throughout the day. Keeping a supply of crackers or other snack that will help to absorb excess stomach acid.
As her body changes during pregnancy, she will need to purchase maternity clothes in order to be comfortable. Squeezing into tight clothes can restrict blood flow. She also does not want clothing that will press on the abdominal region that may harm the fetus.
It is important that she begin to see a midwife or OB/GYN when she believes she is pregnant. Not only can they confirm it through testing, they can prescribe prenatal vitamins and monitor her for any problems which may occur such as gestational diabetes.
The pregnant woman needs to make certain that she eats well throughout the pregnancy. This will benefit her and the fetus. A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is necessary. She should also consume plenty of lean proteins. Fish, such as salmon and tuna, are an excellent source that also provide essential omega3 fatty acids. She needs to consume plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep her system cleared of toxins. It is best if she avoids beverages that are high in sugar and caffeine.
During the last trimester, she is likely to experience a “nesting” phase. At this time, she will often become obsessed with making the home organized and clean. This is a natural response as her body knows that the baby needs a safe environment.
It is a good idea to babyproof the home and get all of the supplies necessary for bringing the baby home. This includes diapers and burp rags as well as infant clothing. Plenty of swaddling blankets are essential to keep the baby wrapped up. She should also invest in a few books on babies to make certain that she is well prepared. Learning about breastfeeding will help her to nurse the baby once it is born.
Pregnancy is a magical experience that only lasts for a short period of time. Women should do everything possible to embrace and enjoy every moment of it. Proper preparation for the newborn will make bringing the baby home an easier experience.