Congratulations! You’re pregnant!
I hope it happened how you wanted it to, in the timeframe you were hoping for.
Regardless, now that you’re pregnant, your journey is just beginning. It’s no easy journey, as any parent can tell you. But it’s also one of the most rewarding journeys a human can go on. By raising children, we ensure the human race survives and prospers, and your genetics are spread to the new generation.
Here are five things you should do after you get pregnant, that will really help you with birthing and raising your child.
Post-Pregnancy Tip #1: See Your Doctor
As soon as you test positive for pregnancy, you should book in an appointment with Dr John Bailey. He’ll help you get on a schedule of regular check-ups, and also tell you any information you really need to know.
Over the next nine months, Dr Bailey will be like a close friend and confidant throughout this entire process. It’s not easy having a baby, but remember… billions have done it before you. You can have a smooth pregnancy too; especially if you heed all the advice your doctor gives you.
Post-Pregnancy Tip #2: Prepare For A Child Entering Your Home
Children are very curious… especially once they reach a few months old. There are many parts of an adult home that are actually very dangerous for children. This includes certain sharp objects, certain medications, choking hazards, etc. Part of getting pregnant involves preparing for the child to actually start living in your home.
So go through each room in your house and do your best to identify hazards to your child. Make sure these are as high up as possible. And remember your child will likely be very creative as they gain mobility. Just because you think something is hidden away properly, doesn’t mean it necessarily is.
Post-Pregnancy Tip #3: Take A Birthing Class
Giving birth is not easy and so it’s best to be prepared as much as possible. This is why we recommend you take a birthing class so you can begin to prepare yourself for the process.
You’ll know at what point you need to go to the hospital. You’ll get some descriptions on how certain parts will feel. You’ll understand the possible complications and how to minimise the chance of them happening.
A birthing class is also a great opportunity for you and your partner to get closer, and participate in the pregnancy together.
Post-Pregnancy Tip #4: Make the Necessary Diet Changes
If you want to have a healthy baby, you need to make sure you’re giving them the right nutrition from day one. Remember, your baby eats what you eat. You’ll have many cravings during your pregnancy and it’s important that you listen to them. Your body knows what your baby needs to eat.
This is now the time to cut out all smoking, alcohol and drug use. These harmful chemicals absolutely WILL be transferred to the baby, which can cause some serious complications. These complications can be lifelong and severely debilitating, both to you and the child.
So for both your sakes, stay away from these harmful substances while pregnant. And do your best to eat healthy, organic whole foods. The better you eat, the healthier your baby will be.
We also recommend you read our article on what foods are safe to eat during pregnancy (link to http://www.johnbaileyobstetrician.com.au/holiday-food-you-can-enjoy-when-pregnant/)
Post-Pregnancy Tip #5: Walk 30-60 Minutes Every Day
Exercise is extremely beneficial for us humans – we weren’t made to sit around all day.
Although it may be difficult to exercise in the later stages of your pregnancy, in the beginning it’s very easy to get 30-60 minutes of walking done every single day. You can even choose to walk with your partner, and discuss matters relating to the pregnancy.
The fitter you are, the healthier your body is, and the better you’ll be able to handle birthing a child.
We can’t ever control nature, but by following these five tips, you make sure that you’re doing everything you can for a smooth and healthy pregnancy.
Book in for your first obstetrics visit with Dr John Bailey by calling 02 4959 3883.