Treat yourself as if you are pregnant as soon as you begin trying to conceive. Take prenatal vitamins, quit smoking, and avoid alcoholic beverages. Find out if any medications you are taking are safe for pregnancy.
Find a few pregnancy medical care providers and interview them. Choose which one suits you best. If at any time you don’t feel it’ll work out, then change your doctor. Here is a list of good questions to ask.
Go to all your prenatal appointments.
Research all common prenatal tests and determine with your prenatal care provider which ones you should have and when.
Exercise may help ease pregnancy symptoms. A good suggestion is yoga. There are also certain moves that help prepare and strengthen your body for childbirth.
While it is fine to indulge in moderation, make sure you eat a balanced diet everyday. This includes keeping your iron and protein up.
Take time to rest everyday. Pamper yourself every once in awhile too.
Read books, take classes if you want, and ask questions to educate yourself about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum phase, newborns, breastfeeding, and parenting. For a list of my personal recommended reading click here.
While you're still pregnant, think of some things that will need to be done once the baby arrives that will be difficult. Do whatever you can. If you have kids already maybe some those things will include them. Here are a few tips.
Cherish every moment of your pregnancy, even the hard times. It may be uncomfortable and seem to drag out forever, but it is really only a once in a lifetime moment that you’ll never get back.