Feeding Tips - For Pregnancy

It sounds a little early, but it’s definitely real: the pregnancy journey begins before your baby is conceived. The doctor will calculate your due date by counting 40 weeks from the start of your last menstrual period. At this time, your body is preparing for your baby — in fact, the body has been changing every month since puberty. Actually, you may have some symptoms such as: extreme tiredness, tender breasts, mood swings, constipation and headaches. As your body changes, you may need to make changes in your daily routine, such as going to bed earlier or eating frequently, small meals. Fortunately, most of these discomforts will go away as your pregnancy progresses, and some women might not feel any discomfort at all. If you have been pregnant before, you might feel differently this time around. During this period, Mothers should pay attention to wellness and nutrition. Mothers should take action to prepare for pregnancy; making it easier for your body and for your baby in the months to come. During preconception, you can:

1. Supplement your balanced diet with daily multivitamins needed for pregnancy. Dried beans, peas, and whole-grain breads; such food has been shown to help prevent early pregnancy birth defects.

2. Establish healthy habits in nutrition and exercise. 

3. Pay attention to any medical condition. If you’re taking prescription medications, you may want to consult your doctor.

4. Keep away from smoking and alcohol, and you should limit caffeine to one small coffee a day.

Learning to be a good father is not easy. It takes time, energy, interest, and responsibility. Most of all, your love and care are the most important things for a baby’s development. When raising a child, no two days are the same, each day brings new questions and new challenges. It often leaves father’s asking themselves, where and how do we learn to become a good father? The bad news is there’s no manual to teach men how to be good dads. You may be thinking, well, where is the information? Were we out of the room when it was all explained? We all know the new mother gets help, by talking to her mother, friends, or professionals about breast feeding, changing diapers, or what to expect in caring for her infant. But less of this education is directed at fathers—despite the fact that it is just as important for the child to have a father learn to be a good dad as it is for the mother to learn to be a good mum. Mums can help be a part of the father’s learning process by being aware of their behavior and encouraging fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives from infancy. Knowing, too, how mothers attitudes toward fathering affect how dads father their children may also be beneficial. And here are some useful tips for you:

1. Make sure that you start catching up on sleep and relaxing now, as much as possible. You’re going to need it.

2. Help your partner set up the baby’s room. You can put the furniture together, and paint the room (if it’s needed).

3. Parenting classes can be helpful for parents-to-be. They will show you how to do all kinds of things, from changing diapers, to bathing your baby.

4. Read the parenting books, they offer a lot of information for new parents and parents-to-be.

5. To know how to properly put your baby’s car seat into your car. Know how to properly put your baby into the seat. Studies have shown that many baby seats are installed the wrong way.

6. Discuss your thoughts and emotions (positive and negative) with your partner – nothing is too trivial or silly. Communicating well is going to become essential to the both of you – take the time now to understand where each of you is coming from.

7. Sing and talk to the baby before it’s born. It can certainly hear you, and the more it hears your voice, the more it will be reassured by being close to you after it’s born.

8. Talk about your partner’s expectations of you during the birth. If you feel that there is any doubt about your ability to provide her with the support she’s going to need, tell her now. She can make alternate arrangements to have a relative, friend, or parents come in to help too.

You’re in the home stretch! Some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester will continue. Plus, many women find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the bathroom even more often. This is because the baby is getting bigger and putting more pressure on your organs. Don’t worry, your baby is fine and these problems will lessen once you give birth. Some new body changes you might notice in the third trimester include:

1. The shortness of breath

2. The swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)

3. Your belly button may stick out

4. Trouble sleeping

5. The baby “dropping,” or moving lower in your abdomen

6. Braxton Hicks, which can be a sign of real or false labor

As you near your due date, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). This is a normal, natural process that helps the birth canal (cervix) to open during the birthing process. Your doctor will check your progress with a vaginal exam as you near your due date. Take a deep breath and relax —— the final countdown has begun.

Most mothers think the second trimester of pregnancy is easier than the first. But it is just as important to stay informed about your pregnancy during these months. You may face symptoms such as nausea and fatigue some more noticeable changes to your body are now happening. Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow, and before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move! It’s so exciting. As your body changes to make room for your growing baby, you may have:

1. Body aches, such as back, abdomen, groin, or thigh pain

2. Stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks

3. Darkening of the skin around your nipples

4. A line on the skin running from belly button to pubic hairline