First Stages of Pregnancy

First pregnancies can be an exciting and scary time. You aren’t quite sure what to expect in your pregnancy and worry about what to eat, how much you can exercise, how you will prepare for a newborn, and so much more. But, a first pregnancy should be a time of enjoyment and optimism for the future and new mothers can feel good about a first pregnancy knowing they are doing their very best for the unborn child they carry. Here are some tips for handling first pregnancy fears that will help to calm your nerves as a new mother and encourage you to be more excited than scared.

Read pregnancy books to help you feel more at ease about the pregnancy. A wonderful book that helps first time pregnant women is ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ by Heidi Murkoff. This incredible pregnancy book is packed full of information for new mothers-to-be that helps them learn about their bodies during pregnancy and to understand the changes that are taking place. The book also helps new mommies calm their fears about issues that arise during the pregnancy. Anything you ever need to know about being pregnant for the first time is in this wonderful book. You can also go online and visit the ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ homepage. See resource list below for a link.

Talk to other mothers who have gone through pregnancies. Other women who have gone through a pregnancy like you are can be very helpful for calming your fears and concerns. The support you get from other mothers can help you to get through your first pregnancy with a sane and educated mind. Many women who have been through pregnancies know what you are going through and some can even tell you about the same symptoms or issues you may be having with your own pregnancy. Share your worries about labor and birth, how to raise your child after he or she is born, and even joke and laugh about the funny things that happen during your pregnancy. Talking to other moms who have been through similar pregnancies can greatly calm your worries and put your mind at ease.

Speak to your gynecologist about your concerns through the pregnancy. You should always consult your doctor if you have any worries about your pregnancy, but your gynecologist can also help you with any questions you have regarding what is normal, what to expect, and how to handle things after the baby is born. Your gynecologist is a good resource throughout your pregnancy to talk to about the health of your unborn baby, the changes in your body and the kind of birthing plan you’d like. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have about the pregnancy. If your gynecologist does not have an answer, he will refer you to a doctor or someone else that does. A first pregnancy can leave many new mothers-to-be with a million questions and your gynecologist can help coach you through many of these concerns.

Attend birthing classes to help with fears of pregnancy and labor. Birthing and labor classes offer great information for first time mothers regarding the birth of their babies. You’ll learn techniques for breathing, relaxing, and ways to ease the pain of labor. New mothers-to-be can are encouraged to bring a partner, family member, or friend for support so that this person will know what to do to help calm a first time mother-to-be during the birthing process. Mothers-to-be will discover what will happen during a normal healthy labor and what kinds of things could happen and how to deal in case of an emergency. Birth classes are also great because they help the new mother realize that their baby’s birth is less than a few months away since most birthing classes are taken when the mother is around 7-8 months along. See your local hospital or talk to your gynecologist about scheduling a seat in a birthing class.