Even women who have had experience with pregnancy, birth and child-rearing are often surprised by the emotional and physical changes brought on by pregnancy. Fortunately, there is more and more good advice available as time marches on. This article will give you some useful advice and tips to help you sail through your pregnancy.
During pregnancy, increase your daily calorie intake by roughly 300 to 500 calories. You must remember to feed yourself as well as your growing baby. However, you do want to choose foods that are good for you, like whole grains, fresh fruits and leafy vegetables.
If you are going to have a baby, consider eating bland foods during the day, like crackers. If you eat bland foods, they will help reduce nausea and vomiting. Don’t make pregnancy-related problems like nausea and heartburn worse by eating acidic or greasy foods.
Make sure you are tested for diseases that are sexually transmitted when you are pregnant. These diseases, if left untreated, can cause serious health issues for both you and the baby. A lot of STD tests are done through blood, urine, or by getting a pap smear. If you do have an STD that cannot be treated, you might have to deliver your baby by C-section.
Nursery decoration is a ton of fun! Just be aware you are pregnant! You cannot be around paint fumes. It is much safer if there is good ventilation in the room. It’s also smart to have family or friends around to do the heavy lifting and help you as needed.
If you are an expectant mother, don’t handle used kitty litter. Cat litter shouldn’t be handled because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. This disease can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, or birth defects in humans.
Many expectant mothers face leg cramps. If you stretch just before hitting the sack, you can avoid these cramps. Drinking water can help you avoid them too, as may potassium from banana and other potassium-rich foods.
If something you eat while you are pregnant causes you to have a stomach upset and diarrhea, drink fluids and telephone your physician if you are worried. Dehydration is a diarrhea risk for anyone, but dehydrated pregnant women can wind up hospitalized and hooked up to an IV.
Pregnancy should be a time of joyous expectation. So, make a conscious decision to use the advice in this article – you deserve it!