Maintaining you health both before and during pregnancy is necessary to ensure a successful pregnancy. Find out everything you need to know about Getting Pregnant, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Problems, and Postpartum right here. From helpful pregnancy advice to ideas on setting up your nursery, you've come to the right place.
Preparing For Pregnancy
To learn more about your health and getting ready for pregnancy, read Diet & Lifestyle. Taking care of your health during pregnancy is not only important for you but also for your baby. As soon as you begin to show any of the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, including morning sickness, it's time to take better care of your health. Knowing about all the possible prenatal risks can help you know what to avoid when you are pregnant. You'll also need to make an appointment with a prenatal care provider, but should you go with an OB/GYN, family doctor or a midwife? Prenatal Care Practitioners can help you decide.
Eating And Exercising While Pregnant
Another important part to maintaining a healthy pregnancy is knowing if you are gaining the right amount of weight? When pregnant, how much weight you do or don't gain will greatly affect the development of your baby. Find out more. Also, eating the right foods will help to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. But, remember, while you may be experiencing some pregnancy cravings, there are foods that you need to avoid, including caffeine, when you are pregnant. And while you may not always feel like it, exercise can help you feel better throughout your pregnancy and even make labor easier, especially if you do your kegels! Regular exercise can also aid in reducing your risk of developing gestational diabetes. Just remember to keep these exercise safety tips in mind.
Testing And Your Pregnancy
To help ensure the health of your baby, various prenatal tests are done throughout your pregnancy. Many of these are optional but can give you important information about how well your baby is doing. Routine prenatal care can also help minimize the likelihood of pregnancy complications, like preeclampsia. A big part of prenatal care is getting those all important ultrasounds. For parents wanting something extra exciting, consider a 4d ultrasound, which are available at select clinics nationwide.
If you are expecting twins, triplets or more, then you may have even more prenatal testing done throughout the course of your pregnancy. Moms-to-be of twins (or more) may also have to deal with hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness that requires medical attention.
Bleeding While Pregnant
Many women may not realize it, but during pregnancy some bleeding can be normal. However, other types of bleeding and spotting in pregnancy may indicate a problem, such as a placental disorder. Bleeding During Pregnacy can help you learn the difference.
The Don'ts Of Pregnancy
There are some substances that many women know they should avoid during pregnancy but may not know why. Pregnancy and Alcohol Use will help you understand how alcohol affects your baby during pregnancy while Pregnancy and Smoking outlines the detrimental affects of nicotine on your baby and may just help to give you the encouragement you need to kick your habit. Psychiatric Medicines and Pregnancy outlines which drugs you should stay away from.
If you are using illegal drugs and are pregnant, it's not too late to stop. Pregnancy and Drugs details all the possible complications that can arise in both mother and child when you abuse drugs. It also offers some useful resources for those looking for help.
Risks And Your Pregnancy
One risk that women may be unaware of is the risk of radiation exposure. Learn what is safe and what isn't in Prenatal Radiation Exposure. Also, if you are HIV positive or think you may have been exposed to the virus, read Pregnancy and HIV/AIDS or an article about new treatment options that can help prevent HIV transmission to newborns during pregnancy.
Pregnant cat owners should also take a look at Toxoplasmosis. This rare but serious infection can cause problems for both you and your baby if you contract it while you are pregnant.
Depression And Pregnancy
In addition to your physical health, it is also important to take care of your mental health. Developing depression during pregnancy can be detrimental to both you and your baby. Moreover, developing depression while you are pregnant increases your risk of developing postpartum depression after birth.
Planning For And Preparing For Your Pregnancy
If you want to chat with other pregnant women about your pregnancy check out our pregnancy forum.
Wondering when the best time to try to conceive is? Learn more about preparing for your pregnancy at Planning Your Pregnancy. You can also find more information about pregnancy at our informative Pregnancy site.