When a woman finds out that she is pregnant, the first thing she usually does is concentrate on her health. Her diet should now include folic acid to avoid genetic disorders, vitamins for overall health, and calcium to compensate for the bone development of her unborn child.

Light exercise like walking, swimming and calisthenics are also recommended. Keeping fit and flexible will help her prepare for childbirth and also allow her to feel both phyically and emotionally better while her body begins to gradually expand.

Most mothers are put on a monthly medical checkup program to control body weight and blood pressure. Blood and urine testing may also be performed as some mothers develop anemia or even temporary diabetes during pregnancy.

A major concern of expectant mothers is "how much weight will I gain?". Doctors recommend less than a stone. A maximum of ten to twelve kilos per pregnancy, if possible, is a good rule of thumb, while in fact some gain more, some gain less. Additional kilos can make childbirth more difficult and put a strain on the woman's cardiovascular system. In addition, no one enjoys feeling large and bloated, so a wise woman will eat healthily and include a daily walk in her routine. But not gaining enough weight is also not recommended.

The three trimesters can be described accordingly:

First Symptoms "may" include, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, sensitivity to food odors, and fatigue.

Second A marked increase in energy, strong nails and hair, optimism and lack of nausea. Appetite may be normal or even increased. A woman may safely take a short vacation with her doctor's permission.

Third A woman may feel large, full, and tired, but also happy and contented. The final month may seem to never pass. She may feel tingles in her hands due to poor circulation, with excitement about the new arrival.

Childbirth

A feeling of fear sometimes plagues first-time mothers or women who experienced difficulties. Generally speaking, the woman can best prepare by being in good health, relatively fit and by mastering breathing techniques. It is no secret that proper breathing can greatly assist the childbirthing process, helping the mother save her energy for the important task of pushing the baby out.Birth pains, or contractions, are a sharper version of menstrual cramps. Instead of fighting the process, the woman can effectively relax her body and use deep breathing during the pain peak, wherein the mother's pelvic bones are actually moving to accomodate for the child's departure. Barring complications, bearing a child resembles having a bowel movement, which is something not at all unfamiliar.

It may take a few hours for the body to prepare for the birth. So the mother must retain her strength by not tensing up, pannicking or screaming but rather deep breathing during the pain peaks and constantly relaxing arms, legs, and so on. Clenched fists make it worse for all.

Having a baby is a natural event, and one of great joy, when the parents finally meet the newborn child face to face. The anticipation is great after nine months' waiting time and many parents feel great love when seeing their child for the first time. Mother and Fatherhood have only just begun, but pregnancy has now come to a close.

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