Pregnancy is an amazing miracle, creating families and bringing new life. While this time in your life may not always be easy, the end result makes it worthwhile. This article should help you make the process easier.

TIP! Are you with child? Planning on breastfeeding your child? When breastfeeding in a public place, do you want privacy? Nursing clothing was designed with this in mind. There are lots of different companies that design garments for discreet breastfeeding.

Sunscreen is important during pregnancy. Avoid tanning beds. You skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and burns are more likely. Just make sure to check the ingredients of any sunscreens to make sure they are all safe for your fetus.

Take care of your teeth, and be sure to schedule a dental exam while you are pregnant. Pregnancy can actually cause numerous dental issues, such as gingivitis. Brush and floss teeth twice daily, and use a good mouthwash. If you have any concerns, see your dentist immediately.

TIP! If you want to have better sleep when you’re pregnant, you should drink less fluids because you have a smaller bladder capacity. Keep up your water intake before dinner, but lay off the water once you eat, and don’t drink any right before you go to sleep.

Getting exercise is essential to staying healthy while pregnant. Light to moderate exercise, that does not overly stress your body, can help you have a shorter labor and lose your baby weight quickly after delivery.

It is especially important to protect your skin from the sun while pregnant. When a woman is pregnant, her skin becomes more sensitive to the sun, which makes her more prone to sunburn and increases her risk of skin cancer.

TIP! Make sure to keep all doctors appointments so as to catch any potential situations earlier. These are scheduled at some calculated intervals so that your doctor can monitor fetal development and the state of your body.

During pregnancy, avoid taking Vitamin A whenever possible. Vitamin A, in larger quantities, can severely affect fetal development. Foods containing vitamin A include mozzarella cheese, eggs, liver and mangoes. Some of these foods are fine, but don’t eat them every day.

Before giving birth, visit the hospital first. Look around and get a tour so you can meet the staff. Doing this will help you know what to expect and bring you piece of mind. This is a great thing for the father to do. He will probably be the main communicator at the hospital anyway.

TIP! Consult your physician, prior to planning travel during your pregnant months. Just to be on the safe side though, travel with your prenatal medical records.

Use a doula. Doulas are people who receive training in how to be birth coaches. This person will provide support, give you advice, offer a massage during pregnancy and assist you throughout the entire delivery process. Their experience can be an incredible source of strength during the birthing process.

Do not be scared to ask for help with lifting things when you are a pregnant. The lifting of heavy items can cause back strain, miscarriage or stress to the baby. It is better to be on the safe side and allow someone to help you, even though you may feel that you can handle it.

TIP! Constipation can be a bother while pregnant. Avoid this with high fiber foods, including vegetables, whole grains and wheat, cereals and fruits.

During the later part of pregnancy, it is best to lie on your left side to sleep. By sleeping on the left side the fetus gets the greatest blood supply, and you also get a good blood flow to the kidneys and uterus. You don’t want to rest on your back, because this position doesn’t allow for proper blood flow.

Have yourself checked for venereal diseases when you are pregnant. Left untreated, these diseases are able to cause many health issues for you and your child. It is possible to test for STDs in a variety of ways, including pap smears, urine tests, and blood tests. If you do have one, you might have to deliver the baby via C-section.

TIP! Should you contract a cold or virus while pregnant, consider non-medicated approaches for help. Over-the-counter meds can be harmful.

Setting up the baby’s room is a big deal for most parents. Just be sure that when you’re pregnant that you don’t hang around while the room is being painted. If you are going to paint, open your windows to ensure that the room is properly ventilated. If possible, get your partner or your friends to help you prepare the baby’s room.

Unborn Child

TIP! Many people are excited about decorating their nurseries. Being around paint fumes while pregnant may not be the healthiest thing.

You may have many craving while pregnant; however, it may be unwise to fulfill every one of them. Your unborn child needs to receive good nutrition through what you eat. Gorging yourself on your cravings may only satisfy those cravings and not the nutritional needs of your unborn child. For this reason, make sure you eat a well-balanced to meet both of your needs.

Be sure to receive your flu shot while pregnant. Immune systems are typically weaker during pregnancy, making various diseases more likely. That can be a danger to your baby as well as you.

TIP! Cramped legs are quite common in the third trimester. If you stretch out before bedtime, you can reduce the chance of this happening to you.

If you are expecting a baby and you get diarrhea, remember to drink as much fluid as possible. Dehydration in pregnant women is particularly concerning, because it can affect her baby and she may need intravenous fluids.

Talk to the baby in your belly. Research indicates that an growing infant responds to touch as early as ten weeks. Not long afterwards, your baby will begin hearing voices and reacting to light. Talking to your baby helps form your bond with him.

TIP! Swimming is a great exercise for the latter months of pregnancy. Swimming is a great exercise during pregnancy because it helps get those aches and pains out.

Avoid all alcohol when pregnant. When a woman who is having a baby drinks alcohol, it goes through the placenta, then to the fetus. Therefore, a woman who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant, should avoid alcohol. Drinking while pregnant can cause physical or mental problems to the developing baby and also increases the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.

Don’t sit too long. One problem associated with pregnancy is swelling in the feet and ankles. Your lower body is under a lot of pressure and the blood cannot circulate well. Extended sitting, such as in a car or at your desk, can aggravate the swelling. There are a few ways to reduce swelling, such as sleeping on your left, soaking your feet in a bowl of cold water and avoiding tight socks.

TIP! To better maintain non-pregnancy pants, try using elastic hair ties looped through your button holes over the button so that you can zip pants up as high as you can. You can cover the top by wearing elastic maternity bands or long shirts.

During your pregnancy, take the time to talk with your partner about who will take care of the child. This will help to reduce the stress that is put on one person. When you have a plan as to care giving, you’ll both be in agreement.

Remember that pregnancy is a unique experience and should be enjoyed by you and your family. This is the beginning of a relationship with a son or daughter, or even both in the case of multiples. Keep these tips in mind to make the pregnancy experience better.

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