June 8, 2009
Things to know about the health of you and your baby.
The most important thing you can do when you have decided to have a baby is to take good care of yourself. The parental period is a time to build a strong foundation for you, your baby and your family.
One of the best things you can do for you and your baby is to eat healthy. Making smart nutritional choices will help promote your baby’s growth and development.
During pregnancy a balanced diet is the most important part of good health. Pregnancy Nutrition is the only source of nutrients for your baby. You will need to learn how to make good food choices for you and your baby as well as the nutrients your baby will need. You have to avoid things that can be harmful like alcohol, drugs,smoking cigarettes. These things are very harmful to you and your baby.
We all think of pregnancy as an exciting time and you think mostly of how your body will change. Some of us don’t realize the emotional changes that occur. Feeling sad or worried about every little thing is normal and is usually due to changes in hormone levels. The following represent some of the most common changes even though every woman’s pregnancy is unique to them.
- Hormones – Mood swings are very common because of these hormone changes.
- Self Image – You will start feeling bad about yourself that you are fat and unattractive. Instead you should feel proud of the signs of your fertility.
- Anxiety about the health of the baby – You will feel and worry about the health of your baby. Talking with other mothers will help.
- Concerns about Labor – It’s very normal for mother’s to worry about childbirth, the pain, if you will embarrass yourself are common.
Although you will have ups and downs in your emotional crises most will be perfectly manageable. Just remember that all the emotions you feel are felt by most pregnant women.
As we have mentioned before how important it is to visit your doctor on a regular basis to make sure you are on top of any complications with your pregnancy. There are tests done in the beginning stages and some screenings later in pregnancy to help prevent these problems. It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice so you have a safe delivery and a health baby.
Here are a few complication that could occur:
- Gestational Diabetes
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Hepatitis B
- Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)
- HIV Infection
- Placenta Previa
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Fetal Problems
- Premature or Pre-term Labor
- High – Blood Pressure
- Placental Abruption
- Post-partum Depression
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