Is this your first pregnancy? You probably have thousands of questions that are going to come up throughout your pregnancy especially if it’s your first one. The unknown is scary for many women but it’s a natural part of being a woman and your body will make all the necessary adjustments to prepare for having a baby. Enjoy the life you have inside of you and knowing that you are creating a new life during this process will get you through it.
With your first pregnancy, you need to get all the information you can about being pregnant and the changes your body is going to go through. Knowing what to expect is important for piece of mind while carrying your first baby. If you can read about what is going to happen, you can save many trips or calls to the doctor’s office. Being informed is the best way to get through your first pregnancy. Your doctor should have some good information for you to take home and read about what to expect. If you still have questions, there are many quality websites that have the information you need.
One of the most important things to know about your first pregnancy is that healthy babies start with healthy moms. If you smoke or drink, you need to stop right away to ensure you have the healthiest baby possible. Smoking causes low birth weight and alcohol will cause fetal alcohol syndrome. Babies born with fetal alcohol syndrome are at risk for having serious handicaps and could possibly need care for their whole life. Alcohol passes through the placenta into the baby’s system and could harm the development of the organs. Brain damage, deformities of the face, and growth deficits are all common characteristics of babies with fetal alcohol syndrome. Knowing what can happen if you continue to drink alcohol will help you to be able to stop drinking during your first pregnancy.
Nutrition also plays an important part of being healthy so that you can have a healthy baby. With your first pregnancy you may be tempted to follow the advice of your elders who still believe that you are eating for two. This isn’t necessarily the case. You need to just make sure you are getting the caloric intake you need to stay healthy while eating a wide range of foods that are full of good vitamins and minerals your baby needs to develop healthy. There’s no need to bulk up on calories for the baby growing inside you. It will just make it harder to lose weight once you have the baby if you are storing extra fat in your own body.
Your first pregnancy can be a joyous occasion for you and your partner. Don’t forget to include the father in all the important milestones of being pregnant so that they don’t feel left out. Letting them help pick a name and go to the doctor’s appointments will give allow them to feel as if they are an important part of your first pregnancy.