Im 8 weeks pregnant i want to know as much information as possible..im going to be a young mom so im nerves enough with what i should be eating and doing while pregnant? so any advice would be great.

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Krista - posted on 06/20/2012

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For starters, take a prenatal vitamin every day. As well, try to eat healthfully. The American Pregnancy Association's website has good information about what to eat. There ARE certain foods to avoid, so you'll want to read up on that. (No sushi or undercooked meat, no unpasteurized milk or cheeses, and limited quantities of certain types of fish.) Other than that, try to get a broad variety of nutrition, and lots of veggies, whole grains and lean protein. If you already exercise, you can continue to do so -- just don't exert yourself to the point where you're out of breath. If you don't exercise, start doing gentle exercise like walking or swimming. It'll keep your circulation healthy and will also help you de-stress, which is important. If you smoke, quit. If you drink, stop. If you drink caffeine, cut down to no more than 1 cup of coffee/tea a day. You'll also want to read up on what medications are safe and what aren't. For painkillers, as an example, the only one you can take right now is Tylenol. Advil and aspirin are out of the question.

That's all I can think of for now, but if what I've said sparks any other questions, don't be shy to ask!

Krista - posted on 06/20/2012

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Michelle, I hate to contradict you, but some of your information is a little outdated.

For starters, the idea of not lifting your arms over your head has been pretty thoroughly debunked.

The belief used to be that if you lifted your arms overhead during exercise, the movement would increase the chances of the cord ending up around the baby's neck. This has not been found to be the case in any study. You'll want to be careful if lifting your arms for long periods of time, though, cause it can cause the blood to drain from your arms into the rest of your body, and because blood pressure in pregnancy is normally low, your arms may tingle or fatigue sooner, which could be uncomfortable.

You might also want to clarify on "heavy lifting". The dangers associated with heavy lifting tend to be if you're doing repeated lifting of objects more than 20 lbs. So the odd lifting of a bag of potatoes here, or a young nephew there, is highly unlikely to hurt anything.

As well, just because you skipped prenatals and your kids turned out fine, it's still not really an advisable course of action. The OP really SHOULD make every effort to take prenatal vitamins regularly, and your post comes across as though you're downplaying their benefits.

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Be as calm as you can. Don't pick up anything heavy at all. Let someone else do the heavy lifting. Don't carry on...Like jumping around and such. Don't lift your arms over your head. The first 3 months is the most criticalest times. Your appetite will change. You will sometimes craves things that sounds discusting or crave for something all the time. I craved for cheeseburgers all the time with my son and even ate pickles with icecream. It was good at the get go and discusting afterward. Prenatal vitamens are good, but sometimes it can make you sick. I took them in the beginning and it made me sick and I stopped taking them.It didn't hurt me or the baby, He was healthy as can be. The rest of my children, I didn't take them either. Iron is good, but can make you constipated. Just eat food with iron, like hamburger, raison bran and or liver. You will notice as time goes on..your boobs will get sore and bigger. So, you will need bigger bras. You will need baggy shirts and pants that will stretch for the belly. You can put lotion on you for stretchmarks to help not have them as bad. You will feel fluttering eventually, as your baby moves. Your belly button sometimes feels tugging on it...get something to drink, it is an indication of baby is thirsty. I was told this when I was pregnant and everytime I drank something..it helped.You may want to start getting baby stuff, like crib, basinet, sleepers, tea shirts. not the onsies until belly button comes off. You will need alcohol for the belly button, vasaline if it's a boy (for if you circumcise), powder, ointment, lotion and baby bath. Need baby blankets and etc. It's best to get a little at a time, so you won't be in a hurry at the end.
During pregnancy you will look forward to have blood drawed, taking the discusting glucose drink to see if you have sugar. Make sure you don't eat anything sugary when you have to do it, for sometimes they want you to come back 3 times on every hour to draw blood, until they see that you don't have sugar. That happened to me. I was told that I could eat something before having it done and stupid me ate a whole box of donuts. I wouldn't do it the 3 more times, like they said I had to. I knew it was because of the donuts. You will get an ultrasound which to me is exciting to see your little baby. You will hear the heartbeat and the doctor will measure your belly and so forth.
The best thing to do in my opinion is get a midwife. They are so much better that regular doctors. You will be asked to do an epederal during delivery. In many cases, this slows down the labor and you are in labor longer and it can paralize you if they are not careful.
Try to stay away from the smoking and drinking. It can cause problems for the baby. Drink alot of juices and water. Pop is okay once in a while. Just eat normal and you will eat more than usual , for you are feeding 2. Well if I can think of anymore..I will write again. But congradulations on your baby. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

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