Friday, December 15, 2017

You’re Pregnant, Here’s How to Prepare for Your Baby


Being pregnant with your first baby can be exciting but equally overwhelming. Every mother wants looks forward to bonding with their baby during the pregnancy and after birth but there is a lot that has to happen in between getting that positive confirmation from your doctor and going into the labour ward nine months later to birth your infant. Here are a few tips from our friends in Fairfax County, VA, Midatlantic Obgyn. They include the following;

1. Having a conversation with your partner - As important as this activity is, some persons tend to overlook it. These conversation should include what birthing plan you would like to have, who is responsible for what chores at home, who would be paying for what at home now there is a third person on the way who undoubtedly would increase the family’s expenses and what role you expect your partner to play during pregnancy and at the actual birthing.
2. Choosing an OBGYN or a midwife - You will want to do this as soon as possible because you need enough time first identify and then research the OBGYNs that have set up practice in your community. It’s important you get someone close to you because you do not want to have a long commute anytime you have an appointment or there is an emergency. Your research should include questions on their certifications, the number of births they have handled, their years of experience and their views on certain birthing practices. Once you have identified one, go ahead and schedule your first prenatal appointment; your OBGYN would typically want to see by the 8th week of your pregnancy.
3. Changing your lifestyle - If you work in a high intensity environment that puts a lot of stress on you, then you should evaluate that decision as this could be harmful to you and the baby. A study in 2006, revealed that there were more cases of miscarriages during the first few weeks of pregnancy among women that recorded high levels of the stress hormone compared with those who had normal levels.
4. Staying away from recreational drugs and alcohol - Drinking alcohol during pregnancy could cause your baby to develop Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).This happens when the mother’s blood passes through the placenta to her baby. Infants born with FAS usually experience problems with their livers, kidneys and even their hearts. They also experience poor growth, experience learning difficulties coupled with facial abnormalities. The use of recreational drugs also have the same effect but in some cases, can even lead to a miscarriage.
5. Getting acquainted with your body - Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes for your body, it is therefore, important that you study up on the symptoms you would be experiencing. You can talk to your doctor about the changes you experience as well as other moms as well but keep in mind that no two pregnancies are the same.
6. Eating healthy and exercising - Good nutrition and exercise go a long way towards ensuring that you birth a healthy baby. At this point, you will want to eat foods rich in protein, calcium, iron and vitamins. Your doctor would let you know what nutrients you should be taking and what the daily requirements for pregnant women are. Skip exercises like stomach crunches or ab exercises that can harm your baby. Rather, take up brisk walking, water sports like swimming, as well as cycling.

Always ensure you speak with your doctor before making any major changes to your lifestyle or diet. Feel free to let us know what you think of this post by leaving a comment below.