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Pregnancy Tips

Aug 24, 2008
The feeling of carrying another living being in your womb is the most special time of a woman's life. It is a time of physical, mental and emotional transformation for the woman. Anxiety and uncertainty marks the great deal of excitement accompanying these changes. However, worries and having sleepless nights are uncalled for. The nine months of journey would be pleasant if one has a better knowledge and appreciation of these transformations.

From conception to 12 or 14 weeks from the last normal menstrual cycle marks the first trimester of pregnancy. During this period, the mother-to-be often experiences morning sickness (vomiting and nausea), tiredness, tender breast and frequent urination during this stage. In order to prevent nausea, it is advised to eat small frequent meals. An alternate period of activity and rest is recommended for the expectant mother. Walking is the best physical activity during this stage.

The second pregnancy trimester is often considered the "Golden Period" as the physically demanding early signs and symptoms of pregnancy are all over by now. There's a better sleep pattern, which is a major sign of advancement in the process of healthy pregnancy. The most joyful moment is experienced during this time as the mother-to-be might get to hear the first heartbeat of the baby. An ultrasound done in around 19 weeks may make one feel the diverse movements of the baby inside. Stretch marks, which are a great sign of worry for the to-be moms, may be visible. Avoid itching the abdominal area to lessen the chances of pregnancy stretch marks.

The last of the pregnancy trimesters is the time when the fetus becomes too large to move in the uterus. The to-be moms may feel tired and experience shortness of breath due to the increased growth of the fetus. At the end of the third trimester, the fetus usually settles into a head-down position in the uterus. During this time, future parents should be well prepared for the birth of the baby.

Pregnancy also involves many changes in a woman's lifestyle. Avoid detrimental substances such as nicotine and alcohol. Cigarette smoke can lead to low birth weight in babies as well as miscarriages and tubal pregnancies. Alcohol and other toxic chemicals and substances such as paint fumes are damaging to the mother and to the baby.

Prenatal nutrition is essential during pregnancy, so don't diet and drink plenty of water, about 6 to 8 glasses a day. A diet containing the essential nutrients and vitamins are vital to the development of both mother and child and supplemental vitamins are necessary as well. Perform as much exercise as safely possible, and get plenty of sleep. Regular activity such as walking, yoga, and swimming during your pregnancy will help alleviate swelling, fatigue, and backache.

Giving birth is undeniably one of the most magical moments of a woman's existence. To render certain that your child is strong and happy, it is essential you do all you can to have a healthy pregnancy.

Should there be a need to prove who the father of the baby you are carrying is, paternity test can be done after giving birth. DNA material from both the baby and from the alleged father is needed to perform the legal paternity testing and this DNA paternity test is very much close to 100% accuracy.
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