Having a baby is one of the most important decisions any person can ever make. Parents, wanting the very best for their child, should ideally go into any pregnancy being as prepared and healthy as they can. Pregnancy Awareness Week — an event that runs on SteadyHealth from February 7 to 14 this year — is there to empower future moms and dads.
The Steady Health team is with you all, because everyone needs support and information. Do you know what the most common fertility problems are, how many women get pregnant every second, and how many have miscarriages? Do you know when you ovulate? Find out through this funny yet serious infographic.
Are you and your partner currently trying for a baby? After we bombarded you with all those facts about fertility, infertility and conception, you may be wondering what comes next. Women can take a pregnancy test from the first day of their missed menstrual period. They may well notice some pregnancy symptoms even before that, though! Extreme fatigue, sore breasts, mood swings and morning sickness are the most common early signs of pregnancy.
The average pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, and term babies can be born anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks. A newly expecting woman will hopefully have gone into her pregnancy healthy and prepared, and she should continue to keep up a balanced diet and an active lifestyle. Somewhere during her first trimester, she should also see her OBGYN or midwife for her first prenatal appointment.
Although prenatal care providers will screen every mother to-be for pregnancy complications, it is enormously helpful to read up about the red flags of common pregnancy conditions independently as well. It is also good to keep in mind that the pregnant woman — the patient — always has the right to ask questions and receive an explanation she can understand about her own medical condition, and her baby's. Seeking a second opinion from another healthcare provider is another fundamental right.
Taking a childbirth childbirth education class will help any pregnant woman get the information she needs to cope with pregnancy, labor and delivery. Learning about the options available during your labor will enable you to play a proactive role in your baby's birth. A childbirth education class is also often a good place to learn about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding gives a baby the best start in life, and also reduces the risk that the mother will develop breast cancer later on.
The nine months of pregnancy provide a good opportunity to plan for a life with a baby. It will change, a lot! Both parents can examine how the baby will impact their career and adjust their expectations accordingly. For those who are going to need daycare facilities, pregnancy is not too early to sign up. And when you are already running around organizing, make sure to interview pediatricians as well. Every new parent needs a good doctor at their side, and interviewing many will offer you the chance to pick the best available pediatrician.