Pregnant mothers - week #26
Instincts, guide you they will.
If you're a first-time mom, you're probably getting into the swing of being pregnant. You know what you can eat (bananas and bread) and know what you can't eat (spicy salsa and greasy fries); you know how to position yourself (and your belly) for a night of sleep; you're accustomed to peeing three times an hour. It all goes with the territory, right?
But what you may not be prepared for is life post-delivery. Yep, that's right. That little guy inside of you isn't staying there forever. He will soon be an outside, real-life baby. Are you ready?
Several first-time mothers have told us that before their baby came, they had no idea how to care for it. It comes, you feed it, and then what? Many of these mothers found that their maternal instincts kicked in at the perfect moment. Even if the first few days with baby are uncharted territory for you, you'll be surprised how quickly things fall into place. You'll know when to feed, change and rock your baby. You'll know how ease crying, how to bathe him. So all we can really tell you at this point is this: Relax, you already know more than you think you do.
There are great things to do to get yourself equipped for bringing a baby home. Start by baby-proofing your home. Cover outlets with outlet plugs, use cabinet locks to keep baby away from harmful liquids, and install baby gates over stairwells. Even though it'll be awhile before baby starts exploring the house, it's nice to have these tasks finished.
Have people started touching your belly yet? Whether you love it or hate it, your friends and family will appreciate the chance to touch your belly and feel a kick or two. This is an exciting time, so don't forget to humor them.
At your next prenatal appointment, you may hear about preeclampsia (a.k.a. toxemia.) This is a pregnancy condition marked by high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. It occurs in about 1 in 7 pregnancies worldwide. This condition only occurs in pregnancy, and the only cure is delivery of the baby. These factors make it difficult to treat.