Pregnant for the First Time?

Expecting a new family member's arrival? 
Congratulations! 

Y​ou are all excited that your baby is arriving soon.

But there will be moments where you feel overwhelming of not knowing what to do and how to care for you and your baby right.

Not to worry too much, we are here to share some of our tips as parents. 

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In each week of pregnancy, there are changes taking place in your body and your baby's development. 

Early pregnancy symptoms include feeling tired, feeling bloated, peeing more than usual, mood swings, nausea, and tender or swollen breasts. 

But it will pass and it will all be worth it. 

Now that your body is nuturing another precious life , it's time to start things on the right track. 

1. Take your prenatal vitamin(s) given by your doctor that will help you throughout your pregnancy.

- Folic acid is the most important medicine for you from the start till the birth of your newborn.
When the baby is developing early during pregnancy, folic acid helps form the neural tube.

Folic acid is very important because it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain

2. Stay away from caffeine / alcohol & nicotine.

- Drinking caffeine & alcohol during pregnancy has some major health risks while nicotine can cause miscarriage including preterm birth, low birth weight, and birth defects of the mouth and lip.
Smoking during and after pregnancy also increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

3. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. 

- Being pregnant doesnt mean you have to eat for two portion but rather you will need to intake a bit more than usual for baby in your tummy. 

4. Rest enough or more.

- You wont be sleeping any longer than 6 hours uninterrupted sleep than ever once your tummy grows bigger and it will be harder for you to sleep well (psst waking up to pee in the night) and your newborn is out. 

5. Get a Flu Shot!

It's safe for you -- and recommended. Being pregnant puts you at higher risk of serious flu complications. So get a flu shot to protect yourself and your baby.

6. Watch the Heat.
A high body temperature can harm your baby, especially in the first weeks of your pregnancy. Limit sauna and hot tub use to less than 10 minutes.

7. Should You "Eat for Two"?
You don't literally need to "eat for two." You only need about 300 extra calories a day to meet your baby's needs. Get them from nutrient-rich foods.

8. Keep Dates With the Dentist.
Dental checkups are even more important now. You're at higher risk for gum disease, which can affect your baby's health. Tell the dentist you're pregnant.

 

One final piece of advice…

Enjoy your pregnancy journey , there will be bound to be moments where you feel depressed and sad because of the hormones changes in your body but it will all be worth it once your little one is out and you carrying him/her in your arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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