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April 27 2014

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Important Pregnancy Advice Women Should Know About

Whether you are planning to start a family or are already pregnant, you have so many different things to think about. Your life will be affected in areas you would never have expected by your pregnancy. You may begin to feel overwhelmed with all there is to know. By following this handy tip list, you can happily enjoy a pregnancy stages .

As a pregnant woman, never change kitty litter. Litter and cat feces are both harmful to a woman and her unborn child. Get your spouse or roommate to handle this for you, or have a neighbor or relative stop by regularly to change the litter box.

Do not consume vitamin A during pregnancy. Vitamin A can harm an embryo. Some foods that include vitamin A are mozzarella cheese, eggs, mangoes an liver. You can eat a little, but do not consume vitamin A in bulk.

If you are experiencing constipation during your pregnancy, eat more fibrous foods like fruits, veggies and whole wheat products. The excess hormones in a woman's body is usually the culprit of constipation. Constipation may result in serious gastrointestinal issues for expectant mothers, and is also simply unpleasant to experience.

It's important to understand that it's not uncommon to see it take as long as one year to actually become pregnant. Visit your doctor if you and your partner have been attempting to get pregnant for over a year without success. They can let you know if you have medical reasons for concern.

Although some swelling of the feet and ankles is normal during pregnancy, make sure to discuss this with your OB/GYN. The swelling could be typical or, it may signify preeclampsia, a condition related to high blood pressure during pregnancy. You will need medical treatment if you get this condition.

Make sure you go ahead and get checked for any sexually transmitted diseases when you do find out you're pregnant. Sexually transmitted diseases can create major issues for both your baby and yourself if they are left untreated. Most tests for STDs are done with a blood, urine or pap smear sample. If you discover that you have an STD, your doctor may recommend you have a C-Section.

Make sure to get a flu shot when you are pregnant. This will help your immune system to function at its highest level. This can put you and your child in danger.

Support for your pregnant body, in bed, is the best way to ensure restful sleep during pregnancy. Many stores sell body pillows made especially for pregnancy. You can also support yourself using a couple of regular pillows if you can't get a pregnancy pillow. Try to sleep with a pillow beneath your knees and one beneath your stomach.

Keep a food diary. This will help you to chart your progress towards meeting nutritional requirements. You can share this information with your obstetrician to make sure that you are eating right.

You should talk with your unborn child as often as you can. Studies show a baby can respond to touch at approximately ten gestational weeks. Shortly after that, the growing child can begin to discern your voice and respond to light. Talking to the baby helps improve your bond with each other.

It is a good idea to start massaging your pregnant belly at the end of your second trimester. Sit comfortably on a sofa or bed with support from a pillow or two at your back. You can use oil to lightly massage your belly and should avoid using lotion. Breathe deeply to the sounds of some soothing music as you gently massage. This will assist in relaxing your body and soothing your unborn baby.

Make sure your maternity clothes fit you. Many pregnant women don't want to wear maternity clothes because they are embarrassed. Comfort is key during pregnancy, and you will be much happier in maternity clothes that are actually designed for the changes your body is experiencing during this time.

Don't feel that you must know everything right away. After all, you have quite a few months of pregnancy ahead of you. Learn at a pace you are comfortable with. Start by using the ideas here, and then over time add more to your knowledge. Make sure you relax and truly enjoy this experience.
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