Although they may not feel like it, your pregnancy months are actually some of the easiest months you are going to have as a new parent. However, some pregnancies are more difficult than others, and your pregnancy may take a toll on you both physically and mentally. However, there are a few things you can do to make your pregnancy journey a lot easier. Keeping these tips in mind will go a long way in helping you have a healthier and significantly less stressful nine months.
1. Folic Acid
If you have never taken prenatal vitamins and supplements, it is a good idea to start taking them right from the first month of your pregnancy journey. Folic is especially strongly recommended for pregnant women because it is essential in reducing the risk of brain and spinal cord abnormalities in the developing baby. Every pregnant woman should take them if they want to significantly increase the chances of getting a 100% healthy baby. You should also consult your doctor and find out whether you require any additional supplements on top of the folic acid.
2. Nausea and Pregnancy
For many women, nausea comes with the territory of being pregnant. Serious nausea usually sets in at about the second month of pregnancy. If you cannot bear the smell of food, it is probably the extreme hormonal changes that your body is going through that are affecting your eating habits. It is completely normal to have these symptoms. However, in extreme cases, nausea can affect your quality of life. If you are going through this, a good strategy is to include bland food in your diet which does not trigger nausea symptoms. Foods like dry crackers can really help you maintain a healthy eating habit even with nausea. If all else fails, anti-nausea medication may be what you need.
3. Supportive Bras are Lifesavers
During pregnancy, your breasts will gradually become more and more sensitive. They will also grow larger, and you need a bra that is supportive of them. The best bras are comfortable, the perfect size, and they are designed to support the increasing breast weight. If you do not use the right bra for you during your pregnancy months, you may find yourself experiencing constant fatigue and back pain, which can make those mood swings way worse.
4. Travel while you still can
You may not realize this yet, but your pregnancy months are the last months you are ever going to have when traveling with the baby is relatively easy. So get all those travel plans out of the way by traveling as much as you can whenever you can. A great strategy is to fit all your travel plans when your body is feeling its best. For many women, this is during the second trimester. The first trimester is usually marked by nausea and morning sickness, and by the third trimester, they are usually too tired to think about anything other than when the baby will get out of them. So that leaves the second trimester. Just be sure to get the go-ahead from your doctor before you start packing those suitcases!
But, make sure to pick a city that does not involve slope-like streets that would exhaust you. If you are located in Europe, we recommend you visit London for two reasons. London is rather flat and the weather is not so hot, so it is not inconvenient while you are taking a London walking tour. If you plan to stay for a longer time, it is recommended that you rent a car and obtain an international driving permit to get around more easily.
Making exercise a part of your daily life is a great way to deal with those constant back pains. By around the 5th or 6th month, as the baby inside you continues to grow and increase in weight, your body will start feeling the effect of the added load. This is why back pains and body aches are completely normal. Luckily, there is an easy solution to this: exercise! If you simply take a 30 to 40-minute walk every day, you will find that your body will become stronger, and the stamina you build in this way will even help to ease labor. There are other options for exercising, such as bike riding. A gas-powered bicycle is a great option for people who have less energy but still want to get some exercise and get around. Using electric bikes seems to work perfectly for pregnant women.
You should also keep in mind that as your body gets more and more tired, you also need more rest as you get closer to the final month. Consider investing in a good-quality mattress. Your back will thank you for it!
Furthermore, when it comes to exercise, we do not simply mean physical. There are a lot of ‘to-be moms’ who for some reason experience speech problems and due to pregnancy stress, it becomes even harder for them to communicate. Therefore, we recommend you take speech therapy services and overcome the problem while the baby is still not born.
6. Read Widely and Study
Reading birth stories and other pregnancy-related content not only helps you to have a good idea of what to expect, but it also serves to keep you mentally sharp, and you won’t experience too much of the infamous pregnancy brain. Consider creating a pregnancy study plan and allocate a specific time each day to reading and researching relevant topics. A good idea would be to start a pregnancy blog and share your knowledge with others. You could even use this time to study and develop your skills. No worries, you don’t have to get out at all, there are many online options that offer online classes that you can attend from your own bed. But remember to take breaks whenever you can. As The Osmosis Team says “Break time can be just as important as study time. Time off allows you to recharge, which is why scheduling breaks is so important.”
So there you have it! 5 of the best tips for an easier pregnancy journey. Remember, you only have 9 months to be pregnant, so you better enjoy them as much as you can. This is the only time almost everyone will treat you like royalty, being allowed to jump ahead in lines generally enjoying special treatment everywhere you go. Enjoy it while it lasts, and remember, you won’t be pregnant forever. Do not stress yourself about it, and always think of your precious cargo in everything you do. Being pregnant means you are living for two, so make smart choices, live a healthy life, and try to take things easy. And everything will be just fine.