Helpful Hints for Expectant Mothers

Having a baby is one of the most wonderful times in a woman’s life.  It is a time that should be cherished, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.  Some women have trouble getting pregnant, while others encounter certain troubles during pregnancy such as heartburn and morning sickness. Here are some tips that should help you know what to expect.

Morning sickness is perhaps the most often mentioned side effect of pregnancy and it can be pretty unpleasant for some women.  Although it is called morning sickness it can occur any any time throughout the day.  It is most common during the first trimester and usually dissipates after that.  In general, you should treat morning sickness like any other nausea.  Snack on some saltines and take small sips or ginger candy.  Its also a good idea to keep a stash of peppermints or ginger candies in your purse whenever you go out.

Heartburn is another major side effect that happens during pregnancy.  This can happen later in the pregnancy as the uterus and grows and the extra weight begins to press against your stomach. This can cause stomach acids to travel up your esophagus and cause a burning sensation.  There are several home remedies for heartburn relief that you can try.  One method is to try to eat six smaller meals throughout the day rather than three large meals.  Mixing a half teaspoon of baking soda with a half glass of water and drinking it can also help.

For those women who are not pregnant yet but are trying, here are some tips on how to get pregnant fast.  The first thing is to be aware of is when you are ovulating.  The easiest way to know this is to get an over the counter ovulation prediction kit from your local drug store.  You can also sometimes predict this by measuring your basal body temperature, or your temperature when you first wake up in the morning, before you get out of bed.  Your basal body temperature should rise slightly at the onset of ovulation. There are also other ovulation symptoms to look out for.  Once you know when you are going to ovulate you should begin to have sex with your partner each day for about 5 days leading up to ovulation.  This will help ensure that there is enough sperm available so that one of them makes it to the egg.

Once you are pregnant and approaching birth, you might like to start thinking about what will come next. Baby sleeping bags are a great way to keep your baby warm and safe at night, but there is a whole lot more to baby sleep than that! Once you have got a handle on pregnancy and the wonders of birth, you might like to take a look at the work of Elizabeth Pantley, a wonderful baby sleep expert.

Whatever stage you are in, these tips should help you to know what to expect during your pregnancy and help you to deal with the challenges.  If you do experience any persistent problems it is always a good idea to consult your doctor.