Of Radical Changes and Pregnant Women

April 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a life-changing event. It leads to major changes in your work life as well as your personal life. Let’s start off with the changes in your body. The weight you gain will lead to the loss of your natural body shape for this period, because you’re eating for two and obviously can’t maintain your previous exercise routine!

With an increase of production of estrogen and progesterone hormones, you’re also looking at physical and psychological change. And to top it all off, the expenses of raising a child today are on the up and up. With all these changes, expectant women are expected to grumble. And yet, they don’t!

Pregnant women report that pregnancy is one of the best things that have ever happened to them. It’s a magical time! Most women these days save up and pool their resources before they become pregnant, so that they can enjoy this time with no tensions. They celebrate their pregnancy with their life partner as well as their friends.

There are also those women who would like to have a baby, but don’t seem to have any luck going about it naturally. They can opt for fertility treatments, which have come a far way from when they were first introduced.

Home pregnancy tests have also come a long way, and can now be used to detect pregnancy very early. They are also more trust-worthy than they previously were. In fact, these tests are very reliable due to their sensitivity. However, women who feel they could be pregnant are adviced not to take them too early to avoid the disappointment of false positives.

Then, once you have confirmed that you’re pregnant, you need to involve yourself in the issues surrounding pregnancy, such as the right physician and hospital for you. The advent of the internet has greatly aided the cause of right decision-making. Of course, a personal recommendation from a friend or neighbor also helps!

Midwives have also become an option for the expectant women. Of course, these are not the midwives of yesteryear, but qualified and experienced experts who have trained under a proper obstetrician and gynecologist. These midwives can give the expectant mother one important consideration that a doctor may not be able to: Time!

In the midst of all these changes, expectant women would do well to chart a proper exercise and nutrition path, to ensure their own health as well as that of their child. There are plenty of authentic pregnancy websites that will have the information you require, but it’s important that you filter this information before use!

All pregnant women start planning as soon as they detect the pregnancy symptoms and test positive. They start off by making a pregnancy plan, of which the most important part is the labor and delivery. From Lamaze classes to pain medication during labor to the use the use of anesthesia to the option of having a vaginal delivery or a caesarian- all issues and decisions are made with the help of information from the physician as well as pregnancy books and the Internet, of course! Take your time to weigh your options. No rush.

Also, obtain information on the red flags of pregnancy, such as serious cramps, spotting or bleeding from the vagina, severe headaches and so on. This will help you judge any signs you experience as serious or not. If you’re not sure, call up your doctor and ask!

If this sound like there’s a lot of studying to be done, that’s because there is! All expectant mothers need to know all these things about pregnancy. After all, it is a whole new way of life.

And as come new experiences, so comes change. Expect it. Be prepared for it.