Having a baby is a magical feeling for parents. Holding that bundle of joy for the first time, experiencing all their firsts, watching them grow older, it all is an exciting yet overwhelming experience for parents especially the first-times.
However, with great joy comes great responsibility. No doubt the pregnant moms spend too much time researching about pregnancy care tips on Google. If you are looking for pregnancy care for first-time moms this article will give you some major insights.
- Exercise regularly
From the time you conceive to the delivery, your body goes through a lot of changes. Having a baby is only rough physically but also mentally. Exercising regularly can help you manage the physical changes such as pain as well as mental and emotional changes like mood swings during pregnancy.
Try low impact exercises to improve your mood and combat back pain. Yoga exercises are good to limit your stress and get your body ready for delivery.
- Drink plenty of water
First-time moms need to drink more water than normal as it surrounds the baby as a part of amniotic fluid. Low fluid may lead to birth defects as well as complicated birth. Drinking more water can also relieve your swollen joints and flush the built-up toxins easily out of your body.
- Avoid caffeine
While having a cup of tea or coffee once in a while during pregnancy is alright, having it regularly can lead to some major health risks. Caffeine is hard to digest and also enters your baby’s bloodstream through the placenta.
This may lead to health risks like increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and a stimulated nervous system which affects you as well as your baby. It can also lead to miscarriage.
- Take enough rest
Pregnant moms are attuned to experience fatigue, especially during the first trimester. During pregnancy, your body is continuously going through hormonal changes, which takes a lot of your energy to adjust. Take the time out to rest properly to let your body relax. As you know once the baby is born you won’t have enough time to rest properly.
Make sure you get enough quality sleep at night. Also, try to take afternoon naps on the days when you are feeling too tired or drained.
- Get your home ready for the baby
Most parents skip this step until after the baby is born. But once your baby is born you won’t have enough time to look after your newborn, self-care, managing home, and other things. Now that you have time while being pregnant, make a list of changes to be made in your home to make it safe and welcoming for the baby.
This includes furniture, setting up the baby’s room, and home hygiene. Make sure you have stocked up on the right disinfectant spray that kill 99% germs and are skin-friendly.
Following these steps will help you start preparing yourself and your home and you will have enough time adjusting to the changes.
Infographic provided by McRoberts Technologies, a provider of hospital infant alarm systems