Listening To Your Body For A Happy And Healthy Pregnancy
If you’re expecting your first baby, congratulations; you’re in for a magical and exciting time ahead. There are some many parts of the nine months you’ll have to look forward to, and there’s no doubt that you can enjoy the majority of this special time. However, if you’re into reading up on things (and you’re reading this blog, so you probably are); you’re always going to come across the various risks and problems that may arise during pregnancy and birth. While you shouldn’t sit and worry about everything that may or (probably won’t) happen, especially as stress could be harmful to your child; it is still important to bear some things in mind so that you remain as happy and healthy as possible. If you’re feeling good and doing all you can to provide a safe environment for your baby while you’re carrying them; there’s no reason you won’t have a straightforward pregnancy and healthy little one.
A lot of the time, it’s about taking care of yourself and understanding the significant changes that your body is experiencing. Nobody will understand what you’re feeling better than you; therefore, it’s vital that you keep an honest conversation going with your health care team, those who support you, and those who are experienced in delivering babies safely. Some changes and situations will e absolutely nothing to worry about, and they are often all part and parcel of the process. However, you shouldn’t let feelings and concerns just slide; you must inform medical experts and those who’ve been through pregnancy beforehand, to ensure that all is well. Always trust your gut and instincts during pregnancy; if your body is trying to tell you something, always listen. The following is some advice and things to consider regarding your first pregnancy so that you’ll look back on this time with a big smile, and can tell your little one all about it in the future.
Knowledge Is Power
As previously mentioned; there is no use in reading something and worrying that it’s going to happen to your or your baby during pregnancy. However, it’s crucial to educate yourself on a variety of risk factors, especially when they are preventable. You can carry this knowledge in the back of your mind throughout your pregnancy so that you’ll have some idea of what could be wrong (or right) and can inform the right people should you feel anything unusual or are unhappy with a particular situation. Certain conditions can be caused by a medical error or negligence, so it’s crucial that you are strong enough to speak up and correct the professionals when needed. It’s worth reading up on what causes cerebral palsy so that you can be vigilant regarding any infections or conditions you may experience during pregnancy, labor, and birth. Arming yourself, your partner, and those around you with all the details will help to ensure that the right people hear about what’s happening to you, and there’ll be no excuse for missing any signs or symptoms regarding your health, and crucially; the baby’s.
If you have pre-existing conditions like diabetes or blood pressure issues, or you’re family has a history of something in particular; it’s worth researching how to ensure that these have as little impact on your pregnancy as possible. Again, it’s about knowing the facts and using the knowledge to be proactive during this time; your baby and future-self will thank you for it.
A Calm Approach
After reading up on certain conditions and risk factors; it might be challenging to reduce your stress levels and stay as calm as possible throughout your pregnancy. However, it’s vital that you do all you can to relax and unwind so that your baby doesn’t feel the strain of your life. The best way to handle stress and strain is to make changes in your routine and begin enjoying a calmer lifestyle. Exercise during pregnancy is always recommended as it will keep your circulation working efficiently and pumping everything that your baby needs to them. Therefore, it might be worth considering yoga as a way to exercise and clear your mind of your deadlines, responsibilities, and worries. Try to limit your time with those full of terrible pregnancy stories, or those whose company you just don’t enjoy; create a pleasant and stress-free bubble for yourself and learn to switch off more.
Now is the time to take pleasure in the little things; whether that’s letting people support and help you more, or enjoying choosing things for your new nursery. Keep it simple and eat well, keep moving, and listen to what your body is saying. The less distraction you have in your life; the more you’ll be able to pick up on changes, and you’ll be in tune with yourself and your baby for happiness and healthiness ahead.