By Dr. Sunita Malhotra , Gynaecology
As a first time mother, it is quite likely for you to be excited, concerned, as well as afraid during this phase. There might be a lot of questions in your mind regarding the changes going on within your body, how you should deal with them, and about how to prepare for your delivery. Here are some important pregnancy tips which are important for you to follow if you are going to be a mother for the first time:
- Consider a midwife - Although most women feel comfortable in a hospital, some women prefer a more personal and natural approach towards giving birth. A midwife will honour your birth plan and you will be provided with assistance during labour. Midwives serve as an ideal pillar of support during your labour and are usually available for several weeks after your childbirth, for any kind of assistance.
- Take acupuncture shots - Acupuncture helps with fertility and is ideal for stress relief. It is an excellent antidote for relaxation, along with the realisation that you will be responsible for all the wants and needs of the baby who is on its way. The acupuncture needles do not hurt. They help in balancing your chakras or spiritual centres and make you calm. If you are calm and happy, the baby growing in your uterus will be healthy and happy as well.
- Get a lot of sleep - During your pregnancy, sleep is very precious and important for your health. Hence, you should sleep a lot as after giving birth, your sleep is likely to get hampered for several months. Instead of preparing too hard for your baby to arrive, you should rest, relax, and sleep so that you can have a lot of energy in the days to follow.
- Practice mild exercise and yoga regularly - Some sort of physical exercise is very important during your pregnancy. You should join a prenatal class, and find out about several yoga poses and stretches which are meant for pregnant women. These stretches will help you in feeling more comfortable while your body goes through constant changes. A mind-body connection is emphasized in yoga via movement and breathing patterns. This is beneficial in all stages of your labour. You may also choose to walk or carry out mild aerobic exercises which help in raising your endorphin levels, keeping you relieved from stress.
If you experience any complication or health issue during your pregnancy, it is very important to consult your doctor as soon as possible. Being a first-time mother is a challenging role, but with the right practices and measures, you will be able to make it through with ease.