|During pregnancy, your body and your outlook on life undergo several changes. Most are welcome as they give us cause to marvel at the wonderment of life and the joys that will come with parenthood. Of course, not all physical changes may be welcomed, but the majority of these are only temporary and controllable.|
|The most noticeable negatives are nausea and vomiting, especially in the early stages of pregnancy, accompanied and followed by fatigue due to the extra weight that mums-to-be have to carry around, and some hormonal changes.|
|Keep in mind that proper footwear that is firm and supportive and loose, comfortable clothing go a long way to making you feel more relaxed overall. You may want to consider support underwear to help with the extra weight on your tummy muscles and to help counteract the pressure on your bladder. To source these, seek advice from your antenatal clinic nurse.
Special exercises to counter any back pain during pregnancy and to help easing the actual delivery have been developed by professionals. Doctors and trained antenatal clinic staff can advise on these. Don't embark on an exercise programme before checking with them.
Regular prenatal checks and examinations can set minds at rest and reassure parents of the baby's proper development. Doctors and hospitals should be consulted immediately when there is any untoward incidents occur or if you are worried about anything.
|It is important for mothers-to-be to stick to a balanced diet so that the fetus has sufficient nutrients to develop and grow, and to maintain the mother's own good health. Providing there is no health problems relating to it, a diet higher in calcium is usually recommended at this time. The baby needs and will take from the mother, the extra calcium to form good bones.|
|Getting the right amount of rest is important, so try putting your feet up and using a cushion to support your back as you sit around. Light exercise is also important and it's wise to get your doctor's permission on what will work for you best.|
|It's a very special time in your life, so make the most of it, pamper yourself a little, take care of your body by using skin moisturisers on feet, ankles and tummy, and extend this care to breasts after the birth, they can get very full and the nipples need careful cleansing to counteract engorgement.
And read all you can on baby care. You may find a diary helpful, and in later years it can be interesting to look back on.
As time goes on you will find your unborn baby responding to sounds - even music, and reacting to your moods. You will probably talk to the baby too as you form a strong and lasting bond, so it is just as important to keep a good frame of mind. Be relaxed and peaceful within yourself and have a positive attitude towards the pregnancy, the birth itself and the joys that motherhood will bring.
|Above all - Be Happy!|