During one of her stage performances as she sang to the admiration of her audience, she uttered between dance steps how much she wanted her listeners to “feel this love that is growing inside of me”. She abruptly stopped the music, dropped her microphone on the stage and went on to thoroughly massage her growing bump. I was completely mesmerized and taken over when I realized that this was how Beyonce wished to announce unashamedly to everyone that she was pregnant for her hubby Jay Z.
Period of pregnancy to some people means a loss of beauty or a stressed up body. To many others, it is simply an obstacle in doing or achieving so much. But while pregnant, it is imperative that a woman accepts love and care for herself and this is when she can appreciate the nine-month walk. It can be rough but with some necessary adjustments, a healthy and smart pregnant woman is usually a lovely sight to behold. As a pregnant woman, you are neither helping yourself nor your unborn tot by organizing a pity party for both of you even if the father of your baby refuses to take full responsibility; keep faith and remain focused on life with your soon-to-be- born baby.
Yes pregnancy is all about the highs and lows. It’s about morning sickness and back aches, swollen feet, constant spitting for some women and excitement and anticipation. Keeping up with the ante-natal classes usually slows down to a drag as the pregnancy grows and the thought of labour can be a scare. No one can argue that pregnancy is the most amazing and exciting time in a woman’s life.
Drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy is dangerous for your unborn baby. While there are no guarantees, there are steps you can take to make the journey worth- while as advised here by the experts:
* Make sure you and your baby get the things you need during pregnancy. That means specific nutrients, such as folic acid and iron. It also means getting some moderate to mild exercise, which will help relieve some of the aches and pains of pregnancy and will help prepare your body for childbirth. Following your doctor’s advice about your health during pregnancy is key if you want to make it through on top.
* Make enough time for yourself. Just because the complex emotions you have during pregnancy are “normal” doesn’t mean they’re not real or that they’re not important. Your job – your only job – during pregnancy is to make sure that your baby arrives happy and healthy. Everything else in your life takes a back seat. If you need to pull away from work or activities, do so. Focus on you and what you need, because here in a few months your life is going to be dramatically focused outward.
* Do not leave yourself looking untidy just because you are heavy. Wash properly, and use your perfume and make-up mildly. Wear good and smart clothes that is loose around the growing tummy. Do away with stilletto shoes for the time being, rather wear flats shoes to work or other formal gathering.
* Get educated. While you’re pregnant, learn about labor and delivery. Don’t get too hung up on all of that, though, because it’s going to happen whether you’ve read about it or not. Make sure you think beyond pregnancy. Think about what kind of parent you want to be. Read about newborn care.
Talk with your partner about the kinds of parenting decisions you’ll be making together. Learn about all of the upcoming developmental milestones you should expect from your new baby. Don’t ignore the labor and delivery learning, but don’t get bogged down by it either.