You had a blast when you knew you were pregnant. But nothing can really prepare you for pregnancy unless you’re already there.
Now that you’re pregnant, here are some things to note. You might be able to relate with some of them already. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare for the months to come.
The most basic thing to note here is that not all pregnancies are the same. There are those women who don’t feel anything at all during the first trimester. They go through pregnancy as if nothing has changed at all. They are considered the lucky ones.
On the other hand, there are those women who have to go through the hassle of morning sickness. When you have morning sickness, you will have some smells that you will not be able to withstand. You might also feel queasy and easily fatigued. If before, you can get up in the morning with ease, with morning sickness, you may feel groggy and knocked out.
Don’t worry too much though, most symptoms may disappear by the second trimester.
It is important to take care of what you eat during this trimester. During the first trimester, the baby’s brain and limbs are just developing. Make sure to eat leafy greens, iron-rich food, and take supplements if necessary.
During the second trimester, you notice your baby bump growing. You will surely be able to determine your baby’s gender during this time as well. A welcome development is that you will be able to have more energy to run errands again.
Increasingly you will be able to feel your baby’s movements. Your baby will start to kick and move around your belly. Your baby’s senses are rapidly developing. Thus, you will notice that your baby’s kicks and movements are somehow a response to outside stimuli.
To enhance your baby’s development, you can play classical music near your belly. Talk to your child often as well so that your child will be able to recognize your voice.
You feel heaviest during the third trimester. You realize that you are having trouble walking around. You observe that you are now walking like a penguin because you are still finding your balance while walking.
To have an easy delivery, walking and light exercise will be your best friend. However, you should consult first with your physician before engaging in any physical activity. You don’t want to put your baby at risk, do you?
Taking care of your baby post-partum is another discussion altogether. You have to get used to sleepless nights, cluster-feeding (if you wish to breastfeed), and crying bouts. Your baby is still getting used to the external environment so re-assure your child always. Skin-to-skin contact and carrying your child during the night are some ways to help your child during this phase.
Be sure to visit your doctor as often as needed for a routine check-up. You and your baby need it. During check-ups, your doctor will monitor your child’s development, recommend vaccination shots, and check your post-partum healing.
Pregnancy and post-partum can be a roller coaster ride for mothers. We hope this nifty guide helps your smooth transition into motherhood.