How to Survive Morning Sickness: 10 Tips For Active Moms
1) Get enough sleep!
The body needs at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you are not getting it, your body will have problems with energy levels. You need to get some rest if you want to keep up your performance level throughout the day. Try to do something physical every now and then instead of watching TV or playing video games.
2) Exercise regularly!
Exercise helps in reducing stress hormones. Your body gets rid of excess fat which contributes to lower risk of developing obesity later in life. Regular exercise also improves blood circulation and reduces fatigue. You may feel tired from time to time but don’t worry because you will get over it eventually.
Just remember to take breaks every once in awhile!
3) Eat healthy foods!
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. These foods contain vitamins A, C, E and K which are essential for good health. Also eat whole grains like rice, wheat, oats or quinoa. They provide fiber and nutrients that help in lowering cholesterol levels.
Avoid processed foods like cookies, cakes or other junk food since they are high in sugar and fat content. Drink water instead of soda pop!
4) Don’t smoke!
Smoking is bad for you. It narrows the blood vessels which decreases blood supply to various organs in your body. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes and poor circulation of oxygen throughout your body. If you already smoke, try to quit before you get pregnant or at least cut down.
5) Be positive!
Remember that your state of mind affects your baby so try to keep a positive outlook on life. Express love and affection towards your baby every day. This is a great time to work on your relationship with your husband or significant other. Take pleasure in the simple things in life like walks in the park, a nice candlelit dinner or watching a movie.
6) Be social!
During this period of your life, you may feel a sense of detachment from the outside world. In your head, you may be thinking that nobody really understands your situation which may be true to some extent. However, you must remember that there are many other pregnant women out there experiencing the same things as you. Try to make friends with some of them or join a mom’s group in your area.
This way you will be able to share experiences and tips with each other.
7) Get a support system!
It is also very important to have people you can rely on when you are feeling down or troubled about something. It is also a good idea to have a special friend that you can talk to about anything. This person should be someone you trust and can share secrets with. You don’t have to talk to them about your pregnancy all the time, you can just vent your feelings or discuss something else if you want to.
8) Look after yourself!
Your baby is important but don’t forget to take care of YOU as well. Eat nutritious foods, take vitamins and get plenty of rest and exercise. This way you can ensure that you are prepared for the long haul because pregnancy may be over in nine months but it takes a whole lifetime for a mother to truly care for her child.
The baby’s development at 32 weeks
Congratulations you have made it past your third trimester! This means you are already halfway through your pregnancy. Just a little bit more and you will be able to hold your baby in your arms. This is also the time where you can start preparing yourself for your childbirth experience.
Do you know where you are having the baby? Have you picked out a pediatrician? Are you having someone watch your other children after the baby is born?
Meeting with your OB/GYN
You should be having regular checkups with your obstetrician or OB/GYN throughout your pregnancy. It is important to know whether or not your baby is developing okay and also for you to get the necessary check-ups and tests to make sure you are in good health. At this point, your doctor should be checking your weight and blood pressure along with giving you an eye exam to see if you have developed any signs of gestational diabetes. If you develop any medical problems your doctor should be able to help you in treating them.
Go over all the safety concerns with your doctor and ask him or her any questions that you may have especially if this is your first pregnancy. Make sure to write down any questions that you may forget to ask during your visit.
Learn as much as you can about having a safe delivery and how to care for your newborn. This knowledge will prove very helpful in the future.
Childbirth preparation classes
Some hospitals offer parenting classes to parents that will help them in the immediate days following the birth of their child. Although these classes were originally intended for fathers, they have become increasingly popular with mothers as well. These classes teach new parents basic care such as bathing, diapering, feeding and general care. They also cover safety issues such as using car seats and other safety devices.
You can also take a childbirth preparation class through your local hospital or at a local college. These classes will usually meet once or twice a week during your ninth month of pregnancy. They teach techniques on how to breathe, relax and deal with the pain of labor. The classes also cover the stages of labor with an emphasis on breathing and relaxation techniques that may help you use less pain medication.
These classes do not replace the partner’s childbirth preparation class that he had to take.
In addition to the standard classes there are also a range of other classes designed for various groups such as teenage mothers and fathers and fathers with disabilities.
Check with your hospital or local chapter of March of Dimes to see what classes are offered in your area.
The L ikely C hildbirth E xperience
Although each woman’s experience is unique, you can expect your childbirth experience to be similar to most women in the United States. The average woman in the United States will give birth in a hospital or birthing center with a medical staff and require the assistance of pain medication. The average woman will give birth within twenty hours of going into labor.
The first stage of labor, the dilation of the cervix will usually last between six and twelve hours. The second stage of labor, the birth of the baby, will take another six hours on average. In some cases it may be shorter and in rare cases it may take longer.
Once your water breaks, you will typically go into labor within twelve hours.
The stages of labor are as follows:
The first stage of labor is from 0 to 10 centimeters dilation of the cervix. During this time the mother experiences mild contractions that become progressively stronger and closer together until the dilation of the cervix reaches 10 centimeters.
The second stage of labor is from complete dilation of the cervix to the birth of the baby.
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