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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Enjoy All Three Trimesters of Pregnancy

I am pleased to introduce Katie Moore, who wrote this blog.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! 

The impending birth of a little one can be an exciting, yet a nerve wracking time. This is especially true for a first time mother-to-be. However, there are simple things a mom-to-be can do to enjoy her pregnancy and be able to ease away the worries during this time.

In the first trimester of pregnancy, it’s easy for an expectant mother to feel overwhelmed with both the morning sickness and general fatigue. What’s important is for her to remember not to push her body too hard during this time and to get plenty of rest. To help calm a sick stomach, it may be helpful to avoid red meats; instead, stick to crackers or plain poultry. This is not a rule for the safety of the baby, it only helps mom feel less nauseated. It is also crucial for mom to avoid certain types of fish because the level of mercury the fish contains can be dangerous to the baby. If a woman is unsure of what foods are best to consume and what ones to avoid, she can check with her obstetrician.

The second trimester of pregnancy is generally considered to be the most comfortable. Most of the morning sickness is gone, and not a lot of weight is put on from the baby yet. This is a great time for a woman to start obtaining things needed for baby and setting up a nursery. Although it is easy to get caught up in all the novelties of items for new babies, they generally do not need all the new gizmos marketed by companies. Warmth, food, and mom’s love are the most important things a new baby needs to thrive. During this time, the obstetrician will be running a lot of tests for both mom and baby. An ultrasound can reveal the gender of the baby during the second trimester as well. This is generally done around sixteen weeks.

Most moms-to-be are ready for the baby to arrive by the end of trimester number three. This trimester is when the baby puts on the most weight and most of the crucial developing for the baby finishes. Mothers can enjoy feeling the baby kick and move; some pregnant women can even see the baby moving through the pregnant belly. Having some final medical considerations planned out will help a mother go into labor confidently. A woman can develop a birth plan so her medical team knows her birthing experience wishes concerning things such as pain medication and any optional procedures, like cord blood banking. Cord blood banking is when the umbilical cord blood is collected and stored at a private facility to be potentially used in the future to help treat a certain medical condition that could affect the child, possibly a sibling.

It is also during this time to know what labor looks like. Many women experience preterm labor; false contractions, known as Braxton-Hicks contractions, can confuse some women if they don’t know what to expect. They tend to be sporadic, whereas true contractions are regularly timed and get closer together. False contractions can be quite painful. If there is any doubt, be sure to call the obstetrician or go to the hospital right away just to be safe.

With each trimester enjoyed, it will be a natural progression into motherhood for a woman. Motherhood will be the most enjoyable and rewarding experience of them all.

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26."

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