9 Months, 9 Things You Should Know During Pregnancy

There is no way to be a perfect mother, there are a million ways to be a good mother.Jill Churchill

Many women, when they receive the news that they are pregnant, are attacked by the nerves: Will he be born healthy, will I be a good mother, what should I do before he is born, what name will I give him? The doubts can even cause that the sweet wait is not so sweet.

Some of the questions, doubts, fears and expectations that as pregnant women have, is whether the pregnancy will come to term. This is something that no one can determine exactly, as many factors come into play. The bad news is that, as the mother’s age increases, so do the risks. The good news is that any pregnancy that is past twelve weeks has a good chance of reaching term.

Another issue that begins to spin through our heads is the care to be taken at this stage. Therefore, I share some of the things that in my opinion are important in the gestation period:

1. Take vitamins

Do not take vitamins or supplements on your own, always visit your doctor to assess you and prescribe what you need. However, the most recommended in almost any case are the following:

  • Folic acid , it is advisable even before pregnancy.

  • Iron , the daily dose is 27 milligrams.

  • Calcium , 1000 milligrams per day.

  • Vitamin D and Iodine .

2. Exercise

It is good to exercise but not the kind that stresses you out, but the kind that relaxes you. For example, walking, swimming, and yoga are best suited. It is best to have a coach who is aware of your condition, so that he can make the best recommendations. Although let me tell you that you should stay away from saunas, vapors and any other exposure to high temperatures.

3. Medications that you should not take

In my opinion, you shouldn’t take medications unless your doctor prescribes them, however there are some that are more harmful than others. Therefore, you must take them into account to avoid taking risks. For example, avoid:

  • Those that contain retinol

  • Antidepressants

  • Anticoagulants

  • Antiepileptic drugs

  • To treat acne

  • Hormones

  • Antibiotics

  • Antimetabolics

  • Those used in the treatment of cancer

As you will see, the list is long, and you should always be careful to check the instructions and warnings printed on the boxes. And, although they are not medications themselves, please also stay away from toxic substances such as cleaning products, pet feces and protect yourself from animal bites. Therefore, be careful when you are in gardens, parks or forests.

4. Good nutrition

This point is complicated by the nausea, cravings and tastes of the pregnant woman. However, remember to start thinking about what is best for your baby. Therefore, consider the following:

  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages.

  • No highly processed foods or foods that include raw meats.

  • Cut down on fish because some have mercury, which is harmful to the fetus.

  • Wash and disinfect all fruits and vegetables.

  • Do not overeat, because you will put your health and that of your child at risk.

5. Be alert to the following symptoms

  • Significant weight gain, in a very short time.

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Loss of clear vaginal fluid, before 37 weeks.

  • Fever or other symptoms of infections.

  • If suddenly you no longer feel the baby’s movements.

  • Severe and persistent headaches.

  • Fainting, dizziness and / or vomiting beyond the first three months.

  • Very noticeable swelling of the hands, feet and face.

  • Intense pain

  • Abnormal blood pressure

6. Prepare the baby’s room

At this point, let’s assume that you have already passed the initial stage and you begin to get excited and enjoy what is to come. Creating the bedroom is one of the things that gives the greatest illusion to future parents, however, keep the following details in mind:

  • Baby’s furniture must be safe. Ideally, they should be resistant and padded. Handrails must be high to prevent falls and contain no removable parts. Similarly, do not place heavy items on or near the crib.

  • The room. It must be light, ventilated, not overloaded in terms of furniture or colors. That the crib is not exposed to sudden changes in temperature and the electrical outlets must be protected.

  • Zero harmful materials for decoration. That the paint does not contain lead, that the fabrics are hypoallergenic. Avoid rugs because they accumulate dust.

7. Schedule delivery

If you are thinking about scheduling your delivery, you should wait until 39 weeks, so your baby’s most important organs will be fully developed. With this you reduce the risks of diseases and your child will have a better weight, which is important to maintain body temperature.

8. The suitcase for the big day

Many times, when the time comes you have to run away and you can’t think if you have everything you need. It is recommended that from a month and a half before delivery, you have ready the suitcase that you will take to the hospital. In it should not be missing:

  • Your medical insurance card.

  • Identification and information of relatives.

  • Studies conducted during pregnancy.

You are ready to go home, here the real challenge begins. However, you have to trust yourself, your baby and the bond of love that will guide you so that you always make the right decisions. !! Congratulations!!

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