51. Take a trip to different medical facilities.
If you have a good number of choices when it comes to facilities that you can give birth in, then you should check them out a few weeks before delivery time. Visiting them would allow you to check the things that they can offer to you. With that, it can help you determine which of the birth facilities you are more comfortable with.
52. Premature labor.
You should familiarize yourself with the signs or symptoms of premature labor. Some of which would include cramps and contractions. By knowing these signs, you would be able to know when it is best to contact your medical practitioner if you are suspecting that you are going through it.
53. Keeping up with your daily food requirements.
It is very important that you are able to keep up with your daily food requirements. One of the things that you can do to make sure about it is to keep a food diary for it. With a food diary, you will be able to easily monitor the foods that you have eaten. Aside from that, it can also help you plan your diet for the next few days or weeks.
54. Decorating your house or nursery for your baby,
When you are already nearing the due date, you may want to redecorate your place, or set up a nursery for your baby. However, doing this can get you exposed to fumes coming from the wallpaper or paint. Thus, it is a better idea to have it done by your friends or hire someone to do it. Whichever way you are going through it, don’t forget to keep all the windows open.
55. Learn more about caring for a newborn baby.
If you have just found out that you are a few weeks pregnant, you may want to learn more about caring for a newborn baby, in order to prepare yourself for it. To achieve that, you can actually offer to babysit your friend or your sister’s baby for that. When you do that, you would be able to know more techniques in caring for an infant.
56. Brisk walking.
One of the physical activities that you can do to prepare yourself for childbirth would be brisk walking. This type of exercise can help you not just in improving your stamina, but also tone your muscles as well. On top of that, it can also help in improving your mood. Do your brisk walking early in the morning, so that you can inhale fresh air, and absorb some sunlight vitamin.
57. Doing aerobics during pregnancy.
If you are fond of going through aerobic exercises before you got pregnant, you should know that you can still perform them even when you already have a baby in your womb. However, you should remember to lower down the intensity of your exercise, to adjust to your changing body. Aerobics during pregnancy can help in maintaining the strength of your lungs and heart, and get your body toned.
58. Maintaining your abs.
Getting your abdominal muscles to work when you are already pregnant can help you in easing your back pain, as well as prevent the sway back posture, which is usually caused by a heavier uterus. However, there are only a few exercise routines that you should perform for it; and, a couple of which would be the standing pelvic tilt and the kneeling pelvic tilt.
59. A good stretching exercise.
A good stretching exercise can be done during pregnancy, which can help lessen your lower back pain. One of the best ways to do it is to sit down with your ankles crossed and knees bent. Once you are comfortable, lean forward just a little, while you are keeping your back straight.
60. Kegel exercises.
Many women are very happy that they practiced the Kegel exercises before giving birth. This is because it can help in labor as well as child delivery. To perform it, you can start by squeezing your pelvic muscles, which would be similar to when you are trying to stop urinating. Hold that for about 5 seconds, relax, and repeat it for 10 times, for as much as 5 times per day.
61. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Although exercising is vital when you are pregnant to get you prepared for delivery, you should not push yourself too hard, since it can cause more harm than good. Thus, if you feel that a 30-minute workout is a bit over the edge, then you should break you're working out session into two. Aside from that, you should start slowly at first, and only gradually increase your pacing, once you are comfortable with it.
62. How to know when to slow down.
When you are exercising, you should watch out for signs that would indicate that your body needs a break. Such signs would include being short of breath, heavy perspiration, and difficulty in talking. If you are not experiencing such signs, then you are doing it at a good pace. However, if you do, then you should take it easy, and slow down.
63. Know the best weight to give birth.
Gaining too much or too little during pregnancy is not a good idea. Gaining too much can make labor and delivery more challenging. On the other hand, gaining too little would also put your child at risk to improper growth and development. Thus, you should take note of the weight that you want to target at a delivery time. In most cases, though, a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds would be good enough.
64. Choose your exercise routines well.
There are certain exercise routines, which can cause you to jerk, bounce, or do high impact movements. Routines that can cause these movements should be avoided as much as possible. This is because sudden changes of your position can make you dizzy. Aside from that, such movements can also put you at risk to losing your balance and fall on the ground.
65. High temperature.
You should know that when you are pregnant, your body would actually have a slightly higher temperature than normal. Therefore, you should avoid overheating yourself, since it can cause certain birth defects, especially if it happens in the first trimester. With that, you should not exercise when the ambient temperature is high, and you should drink lots of fluids.
66. Know the height of the mountain range you are visiting.
If you are heading out to the mountains, you should ask your friends about its height. When you are at a height of over 6,000 feet above the sea level, it is actually not a good idea to do certain physical activities. The reason behind this is that the high altitude can prevent your baby in absorbing the amount of oxygen that he needs.
67. Heading out to the sea.
When you are heading out with your friends to the sea, make sure that the water is calm, so that you won’t have to experience a bumpy ride. Aside from that, if they are scuba diving, make sure not to join them. Such an activity can actually put your baby at a higher risk of decompression sickness; and, this can cause miscarriage, birth defects, and other problems.
68. Sports to avoid.
If you are the sporty type of person, you should avoid certain types of sports when you are pregnant. Sports like hockey, soccer, and even basketball are some of the worst games that you can play during pregnancy. Such activities can actually cause you and your child trauma, which is not good.
69. Outdoor activities to avoid.
Spending some time outdoors is actually good when you are pregnant since it offers you fresh air. However, there are outdoor activities that you should avoid. Some of which would include roller skating, horseback riding, and biking. You want to avoid getting involved with such activities since they put you at risk to falling.
70. How to cope up with your mood swings.
When you are pregnant, you and your spouse can get affected by your mood swings. One of the best ways to counter it though is through exercising. Exercising can actually make your body produce more of the feel-good chemicals such as the endorphins. Thus, it lowers your chances of getting depressed, aside from boosting your self esteem, and preventing anxiety.
71. The benefits of exercising.
Aside from preparing yourself for child birth, getting enough exercise can also boost your energy levels. Exercising can also strengthen your muscles and your heart, which can make you more equipped in attaining your goals. Moreover, it can also help you in getting enough sleep at nights by relieving stress and preventing anxiety.
72. Gestational diabetes.
Once you are pregnant, your body goes through certain hormonal changes, which can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. If this is not treated immediately it can put your child at risk to certain complications. One way of preventing this is to go through exercise routines. Aside from that, you should also be mindful of the foods that you eat.
73. Enrolling in a childbirth class.
There are a lot of childbirth classes available today. Enrolling into them would offer you lots of advantages as far as having a safe and smooth delivery is concerned. However, it is best that you enroll in such classes earlier, so that you can get the schedules that would suit you best.
74. The benefits of swimming.
Swimming is actually one of the best ways to exercise, especially for late pregnancies. This type of activity can help you develop your endurance more. Aside from that, it can also strengthen your heart, as well as you back muscles. In addition, when you swim, it will make you feel more relaxed, and it can relieve body aches.
Most doctors would always recommend breastfeeding since it offers more benefits than the milk formulas. However, doing it is actually not as easy as it looks, especially if it is going to be your first time to breastfeed. Thus, you should enroll in a breastfeeding class when it is available so that you can learn more about the realities of it.
76. Experiencing leg cramps during pregnancy.
One of the problems that many expecting mothers complain about is leg cramps. Leg cramps can become painful, which is why it is best if you can prevent it. Exercising can actually prevent it. Aside from that, doing some stretching before going to bed can also help a lot.
77. Make pregnancy a more memorable experience.
There are certain things that you can do in order to make pregnancy a memorable experience for you and your spouse. One of which is to properly document it, by using your digital camera. Take pictures of yourself just right after getting confirmation that you are pregnant. Aside from that, take more pictures as you go along the way until you are able to give birth.
78. Be prepared.
When you are already just a few weeks before your due date, then it is time to be prepared for childbirth. Thus, you should prepare a bag to bring to the hospital, which would be filled with all the things that you need. Aside from that, make sure that you have already placed all the other things in it, such as your insurance cards, digital camera, baby clothing, and pre-registration forms.
79. Exercising does not only provide benefits to you.
When you get enough exercise during pregnancy, your baby can actually benefit from it as well. According to recent studies, women who exercise during pregnancy, have developing babies that have lower heart rates. Aside from that, active pregnant women also have babies with better birth weight.
80. Make exercising during pregnancy more fun.
To ensure that you enjoy your low-intensity exercise routines during pregnancy, you should do it with your partner. Aside from that, you should also prepare the necessary gears for it. There is no need to spend lots of money for your workout gear. Having a supportive bra, and a pair of quality shoes should already put you in good shape.
81. Having a strict vegetables-only diet may not be ideal.
Although eating lots of vegetables offers you with lots of health benefits, it may not be good if you are trying to conceive. This is because, this type of diet can make you deficient of vitamin B12, which can lower the chances of getting pregnant. Aside from that, vitamin b12 deficiency can also cause birth defects. Thus, you should include meat, poultry, fish, and milk products in your diet, since this is where you can derive this B vitamin from.
82. Benefits you can acquire from childbirth classes.
When you enroll in a childbirth class, you would be able to benefit from all the information that it can offer to you. Some of the topics that it can cover would include induction, comfort measures during labor, labor positions, labor complications, postpartum recovery, and more. With all the information you can absorb, you will feel more assured that you are ready for childbirth.
83. Buying new things for your pregnancy.
When you become pregnant, your chest is going to get bigger. Thus, it is a good idea to shop for the bra that may be a bit bigger than your usual size. Aside from that, it should also be made from soft materials, since your breast may feel sore for some period of time. Keep in mind that a few months after delivery, your breast size would return back to its normal size; thus, you should not purchase too many bras.
84. Wearing comfortable clothes.
It is very important that your clothes during pregnancy would make you feel comfortable. This is because the more comfortable your are, the better it would also be for your baby. Thus, shop for clothes that would not become too tight for you when you begin to gain some weight. Make use of your imagination, so that you can still be fashionable, with larger sized clothing.
85. Traditional ways of predicting the gender of the baby.
Learning about the traditional ways of predicting the gender of your child can be fun when applied. One example is to look at the form of the mother’s stomach. If the stomach is wider, in which a person can see the sides of it while looking at the pregnant woman from behind, then it is a girl. There are lots of traditional ways to help you guess the gender of your baby; however, always take note that they are not hundred percent reliable.
86. Eating foods high in protein.
Aside from providing your body with the building blocks to help in the development of your child, foods that are high in protein can also provide you with lots of zinc. The mineral zinc can actually help your baby develop strong nervous, circulatory, and skeletal systems. Thus, it is best to eat more turkey, beef, chicken, and crabmeat.
87. Eating smaller meals.
During your first trimester, you may experience lots of morning sickness, which can make you lose your appetite. To get around this, you should try eating smaller meals but in a more frequent manner. In doing it this way, you would be constantly providing your stomach food to process, which can prevent morning sickness.
88. Eating whole grains.
At the start of your pregnancy, until you give birth, it is a good idea to consume lots of whole grains. Whole grains are actually some of the best food items that you can eat, which are filled with lots of essential nutrients. Aside from that, they are not very hard to prepare, which make eating more convenient.
Another possible problem that you may encounter when you get pregnant is indigestion. One of the possible factors that can cause this would be eating foods that are filled with oil. Thus, whenever you have a choice between baked and fried foods, choose the former, since it is easier to digest, aside from being a healthier choice.
90. EFAs or Essential Fatty Acids.
During your second and third trimester, your baby needs EFAs or essential fatty acids for proper growth and development. Because of this, you should make sure that you are eating foods that are filled with EFAs. Some of which would include walnuts, salmons, egg yolks, tuna, and flax seed oil.
91. Dealing with your cravings.
When you become pregnant, you may still have cravings for certain food items that are not very healthy. Although it is not a good idea to give in to your cravings, you can still eat such types of foods from time to time. Just make sure that the large portion of your diet consists of healthy foods.
92. Managing stretch marks.
Having stretch marks is one of the things that you will notice in your body when you go through pregnancy. However, there are certain things that you can do, in order to make sure that you can minimize them. One of which is to drink plenty of water. Aside from that, eating a balanced diet can also help out with it. When you are healthy, your skin would also become healthy, allowing it to repair itself fast when stretched.
93. Stay away from processed foods.
Processed foods usually contain lots of preservatives. Thus, it can fill up your body with a lot of harmful toxins. Aside from that they also have hidden sugars, which can cause gestational diabetes. Thus, keep away from them, and drink lots of water, so that you can flush out toxins from your body and become healthier.
94. What to do if your have gestational diabetes.
One of the best ways to treat gestational diabetes is to come up with a healthy diet plan and get enough exercise. To achieve that, one of the things that you can do is to contact a professional dietician. A registered dietician can help you develop a dieting plan, which can suit you best and to help in managing the problem.
95. Drinking coffee.
There are a lot of controversies surrounding the topic of drinking coffee during pregnancy. Although not too many evidence point towards its negative effects, it is still best to avoid it, especially when you are still in the first trimester. If you do want to drink coffee, make sure to minimize it to just a few cups per week.
96. Eating seafood.
Eating seafood when you are pregnant is actually a good idea since they are filled with protein and iron. However, there are some types of fish and other seafood items that contain mercury, which is not good. Some of the seafood you want would include catfish, tuna, salmon, and shrimps. Those that are larger though should be avoided.
97. Uncooked foods.
Some women, even during pregnancy like their foods medium-rare or even uncooked. A couple of examples for this would be sushi and medium rare or rare steak. These types of foods should be avoided since they can lead to salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and other illnesses that you don’t want to deal with.
98. Wash your fruits and vegetables.
Even if you are sure that the fruits and vegetables you have bought were organically grown, it is still important to wash them properly prior to eating. This is because it is still possible that the soil where the fruits and vegetables were planted was contaminated with toxoplasmosis. Thus, make sure to wash them, so that you won’t put yourself at risk for such an illness.
99. Stick to your pregnancy healthy habits.
After giving birth, it is still very important to stick to the healthy habits that you have followed during pregnancy. This is because following a healthy diet and getting enough exercise can actually help you lose the weight that you have gained. Aside from that, you also need to be in your top physical condition, since taking care of your baby would require a lot of energy.
100. Keep eating foods high in protein and calcium when breastfeeding.
If you have decided to breastfeed, then you should continue consuming foods that are high in protein and calcium. The reason for this is that your baby is going to derive the nutrients that he needs through the milk that you will provide through breastfeeding. Thus, eat healthier foods, to ensure that your baby grows as healthy as he can be.