Pregnancy is a very special moment in a woman’s life. Women in their first pregnancy have so many questions and concerns. From the moment you find out that you are pregnant to the day you give birth, you will experience many changes and learn new ways to take care of yourself and your growing baby. For the first-time expectant mother it’s difficult to know what to expect, how pregnancy will affect her and how to prepare for it. However, everyone can follow some tips during their first pregnancy:
Here are top eight tips for getting ready for the big day
1. Childbirth preparation classes
Childbirth classes help expecting parents learn and prepare for labor and birth. Pregnancy can be a difficult period for some men, as they cannot actively experience your problem. So these classes may give them an opportunity to learn about the various complexities of childbirth. Some courses even have a ‘fathers only’ session where men can talk about their concerns. First time mothers may find it difficult to know if they are in labor because it’s a new experience for them, this is where the classes really help.
Exercise is very useful for you and your baby. It’s very important for a women during pregnancy to provide a healthy environment for her baby to develop and grow. The heart beat and pulse rate of pregnant women increases and they often feel tired and exhausted. Exercise might help you to feel better and maintain your weight. Exercise during pregnancy shouldn’t be strenuous.
3. Maintain a healthy diet
Most women notice changes in the pattern of their diet during pregnancy. It is important for a pregnant woman to eat enough food to provide nourishment both to herself and her baby. But you should not overeat as it is not necessary or encouraged. A healthy diet during pregnancy is one of the most important step toward a healthy, full-term pregnancy. Making smart choices about your diet will ensure a great start for your child.
4. Overcome pregnancy labor fear
Worry and fear are a natural part of pregnancy, labor, and birth. You can easily overcome this fear by getting your facts right. The only thing which can help you combat fear is knowledge. When you think about childbirth the word ‘pain’ first comes to mind. Unfortunately, our culture presents labor as something to be feared and we are all brought up with images of screaming mothers. The truth is most women have what it takes to birth normally, without pain medication. Learn as much as you can about pregnancy labor. Talk to your doctor or midwife.
5. Rest and relax
A pregnant woman needs more sleep and rest. Most women find it difficult to feel comfortable as their pregnancy progresses. The bigger you get, the harder it is to lie on your stomach. There is a lot going on with your body, and even more with your mind. Experiment with different positions when you rest. Try to find a comfortable position. If experimenting with different positions doesn’t help much and you can’t sleep enough at night to make yourself feel better, try taking naps during the day.
6. Perinea massage: A prospective controlled trial
Perinea massage is a way of preparing the perineum to stretch more easily during childbirth. This is particularly effective in women having their first baby. This technique is used to help stretch and prepare the skin of the perineum for birth. This knowledge will help you to prepare for the birth of your baby. The perineum is the area of skin between your vagina and rectum.
7. Birth choice: Hospital or home?
It’s quite difficult to decide between the home and hospital. Which is the best option for delivery? You have a choice. This could be at home or in a hospital. When making your choice, the important things to consider are where you will feel more safe and secure. Giving birth is generally very safe for both the mother and her baby. It’s a good idea to talk to health professionals, as well as family and friends, about your choice.
8. Family health history
If your family has a history of genetic disorders or health problems, you should discuss it with your doctor who can refer you to a genetic counselor. If you aren’t aware of any previous health problems in your family, you can ask your parents or grandparents.