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Taking Care Of Yourself During Pregnancy
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One of the most exciting moments that a woman can experience in life is when she is told that she is going to have a baby. After the excitement dies down, usually the first thing that a woman contemplates is how to take care of her body so that she can deliver a healthy baby. She becomes acutely aware of everything she puts into her body and how her activities might influence the growth of the baby. A few things that should be considered:

• Stop smoking and drinking if applicable to your case

• Check with your doctor regarding any prescribed drugs that you are taking

• Cut out or cut way down on drinks that contains caffeine

• Pay more attention to your diet and strive to eat healthy foods

• Watch your weight; it will be hard to lose after the baby is born

• Get plenty of exercise such as walking; it will refresh you

• Try to avoid stressful situations and those that tire you out physically

• Get plenty of rest and sleep; they rejuvenate the body

• Plan a nursery that will satisfy all of your needs after the baby is born

• Enjoy the moment; pregnancy seems to make a woman appear to be special

Securing the services of a good obstetrician, possibly the one who gave you the good news, is imperative to delivering a viable and healthy baby. The doctor will examine you for any signs of complications and decide if you can deliver the baby naturally or will have to undergo a cesarean section. He will determine an approximate date of delivery. If you have any other disease processes you are dealing with such as diabetes, he will take that into consideration in your plan of care.

Most doctors recommend that pregnant women undergo an ultrasound scan during their first trimester, usually around 12 weeks. However, if there are signs of complications such as excessive bleeding, an ultrasound scan might be ordered earlier. A scan can check for abnormalities regarding the baby such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and other serious abnormalities. It can also be useful to check for the placement of the placenta inside the uterus to be alert for complications that might arise from Placenta Previa, observe for multiple fetuses, and help to validate the due date.

Following your doctor’s orders and taking care of yourself during pregnancy will increase your chances of delivering a healthy baby. Having a baby will add a lot of joy to your life.


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