If you are expecting a baby or have recently given birth to a newborn, this article is for you. This article will provide you with some information and expert advice on giving birth and raising a healthy child, especially if you are a first time parent.
Becoming a mother for the first time can consume you with worry, anxiety and joy all at the same time. This is because you are now going to be responsible for another life and anything you do will affect the baby and their future. We are going to help you through your amazing journey of parenthood.
The world of a new mother
Being a mother for the first time can seem overwhelming and magical all at the same time. When a woman becomes pregnant, she is filled with questions, concerns, and worry regarding her baby. You will often find yourself seeking advice on the best way to be a parent to ensure a happy, healthy life for both you and your child. The moment you bring your new born home, you will be filled with emotions that you never knew before. Therefore, below are some prenatal and newborn tips for new mothers.
Once you find out that you are pregnant, it is important that you stay emotionally and physically healthy. Everything that you do in your daily life could affect your child, so you should take the utmost care in what you do, eat, and how you live.
Early prenatal care
Call your healthcare provider right away to schedule a prenatal visit. Excellent prenatal care is essential for a problem-free child birth. Your doctor will screen you to make sure that there are no complications and will also be able to detect early signs of complications to ensure a healthy child birth when the time comes. Your doctor will also be able to recommend prenatal vitamins and dietary supplements.
Watch your diet
Since becoming pregnant requires eating for two, you will need 300 additional calories per day after becoming pregnant. Your diet needs to be rich in nutrition and should contain plenty of proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium and iron. You should avoid eating junk food or greasy food no matter how tempting it may seem. Healthy food with plenty of fiber will keep your digestive system clean. Start eating healthier because a healthy diet means healthy living!
Do away with your addictions
To ensure the health of your baby, we recommend giving up everything that affects your liver negatively. Alcohol and other drugs consumed will pass through your blood stream, into the placenta and have negative effects on your baby’s development. The liver is the last organ that develops in the body prior to child birth. Therefore, you should give up any bad habits or addictions that you may have such as smoking, drinking, or any other street drugs. Once you find out that you are pregnant, we recommend that you also speak to your doctor about any prescription drugs or over the counter medications you are on before continuing to take them.
When the baby is born
So you have survived 9 months with a baby inside you and have successfully given birth to your first child. You went through a lot of anxiety and excitement during your labor and delivery. Now you are ready to go home with a new baby to begin your lives together.
Becoming a mom is a blessing and an amazing feeling. Becoming a mother requires that you make changes and sacrifices in your lifestyle. Being a mom is not an easy task. It’s a life altering experience and all of a sudden you will feel that your baby is the most important thing in your life.
Getting help with the newborn
After you come home with a baby, things could get hectic and overwhelming. You should consider getting help during this time. Talk to experts and consultants while still in the hospital. Hospitals are readily available to show new mothers how to breastfeed, change the baby, hold him/her, and other techniques necessary for child development. Don’t hesitate to seek help from your parents, relatives or friends.
Baby handling rule of thumb
- get proper guidelines for feeding and nursing from the hospital
- Wash your hands
- Support your baby’s head and neck
- don’t play rough
- do not shake your baby
- Make sure you secure your baby in car seats/strollers
We will continue to post blogs on parenting from new born to teenagers, so keep reading and keep us posted. Until next time, stay worry free and enjoy being a brand new mother.
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Source Balanced Life Team