Pregnancy is an experience that defines the essence of womanhood. If you are pregnant you could be experiencing a mixed bag of emotions. You feel extremely excited about the day you will hold your little bundle of joy in your arms and on the other hand you have a myriad of anxieties.
Listed below are some common worries you might go through and ways to effectively handle these anxieties.
1. Nausea, weight gain, stretch-marks! How do I cope with bodily changes?
Well, it’s true that the onset of pregnancy can be pretty difficult for many mothers to be. Tiredness, nausea, constipation, heartburn, an itchy belly, the list goes on. The good news is that for most women, the nausea subsides by the end of the first trimester. A well balanced diet with adequate amounts of fluids can help tackle digestive problems. For stretch marks and itching, a mild lotion applied in the early stages is a good remedy. If you are suffering from extreme pregnancy symptoms your healthcare-provider can prescribe some medication that is safe during pregnancy.
2. Which hospital should I go to?
Yes, you do need to decide where you want to go for all your pre-natal scans and check-ups. This is very essential because it ensures that you and the baby remain healthy. Early ultrasounds help confirm your due date (if you do not remember the date of your last menstruation cycle). Ultrasounds are also instrumental in detecting genetic abnormalities like the Down syndrome.
Choosing a hospital or birth centre will also help you in getting a fair knowledge about charges and birth packages. You will also be more comfortable with your doctor and hospital on the whole.
3. Is my baby ok? Is it getting enough nutrition?
Mums-to-be also worry about their unborn tiny tots throughout pregnancy. While this is a perfectly natural tendency, you want to make sure you don’t go overboard with your concerns and worries. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding medications, food and exercise. Keep up with all your ante natal medical check-ups and don’t exert your body.
4. Will I be able to handle labour pain or should I go for a C-section?
This is one thought that women contemplate even before they conceive. Most pregnant women opt for natural vaginal deliveries and yes, it is true that they can be painful. But then again, there are some things you can do to prepare your body and mind to deal with labour pain effectively. Sign up for a prenatal class where your learn nutrition, meditation and exercise strategies like Lamaze. You can also talk to your obstetrician about delivery and pain control options.
Natural vaginal delivery is the preferred childbirth option compared to Caesarean section due to its faster recovery time.
5. Will I be a good Mom?
Of course you will! There’s no reason to think otherwise. Take things one day at a time. The main thing to do here is to accept any help that comes your way. Don’t hesitate to get help and support from family and friends. Pregnancy and motherhood can involve a lot of physical and mental stress. Include your spouse in every aspect of your pregnancy and baby care. Don’t try to do everything on your own. Rest whenever you feel tired. Let your maternal instincts take over and enjoy every moment of your pregnancy.