Expectant parents have a lot to be excited about, and there is certainly a lot to do to prepare for a new arrival. On top of that, expectant moms have constant physical adjustments to make due to hormone ups and downs, weight gain and more. In spite of it all, it’s important for pregnant women and their partners to get good rest. Read on to learn how.
Stay well-hydrated, but not right before bed! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is one of the best things you can do for your health under any circumstances, but remember to reduce the amount of water you drink as your bedtime approaches. Just take small sips in the evening and keep a glass of water by your bed in case you wake up with a dry mouth. In this way, you will not need to get up frequently.
Pregnant moms and partners, as well as the much-anticipated new arrival can stay healthy and happy with daily light exercise. Walking, swimming, dancing and yoga with your partner will help build strong bonds, reduce stress, promote family fitness and facilitate a smooth delivery.
Preparing for a new arrival can be stressful. Be sure to take time to relax completely every day with a cup of herbal tea and some quiet music, a little time for meditation or prayer and/ or a little nap. All of these healthy practices will help you cope with daily stresses.
Establish a realistic schedule and follow it. Get control of all the things you have to do by learning to make plans and follow them. Avoid over scheduling your days, and be practical in ordering your tasks. Keep regular times for going to bed and getting up. Consistency will help you reduce stress and accomplish more.
Get good prenatal care. As soon as you know you are pregnant, see your health care professional and establish a schedule of care. Excellent prenatal care is reassuring and supportive for you and helps ensure that your baby will be healthy and strong.
Good planning, proper rest and exercise and regular stress management will help you and your partner enjoy a smooth pregnancy and transition into being happy and effective parents.