When it comes to pregnancy tips, advice is abundant.
There are, however, some things you should know that your doctor probably won’t tell you. Keep these pregnancy tips in mind as you go through your pregnancy.
These tips are advice gathered from other parents. You should implement them at your own discretion.
1. Your Doctor Works For You and With You.
Your doctor is meant to be your guide as you journey through pregnancy. You are hiring him or her. Just like you would hire anyone for a service, you want to choose an expert that will work closely with you to provide the best experience possible. The cost is not cheap, so make sure you are getting high value. Ask questions whenever needed. Take advantage of as many services as possible.
2. You May Want To Consider a Midwife.
You do not have to choose an OBGYN. There are alternative options. Look around and see what will be the best fit for you and your partner. A well-seasoned midwife may be able to bring unique ideas and gifts to the table, and even more helpful pregnancy tips. You can set up some interview times to choose the right caregiver for you. You may also want to consider hiring a doula for added new mom support.
3. The Umbilical Cord Can And Should Wait A Bit.
Doctors may imply that it is life-threatening for Baby to stay attached to the umbilical cord, but studies indicate that waiting a short period of time, until the cord has stopped pulsing, before cutting it could be more beneficial.
“A more liberal approach to delaying clamping of the umbilical cord in healthy term infants appears to be warranted, particularly in light of growing evidence that delayed cord clamping increases early haemoglobin concentrations and iron stores in infants. Delayed cord clamping is likely to be beneficial as long as access to treatment for jaundice requiring phototherapy is available.” ~Cochrane Library
4. You Have Location Options.
Unless your pregnancy is high-risk, you have other choices than the hospital when it comes to birthing baby. Some mothers choose to have the baby at home or in a birthing center. Having your baby in the hospital often increases your chances of a C-section, even if not necessary. Weigh your options.
5. Ultrasounds Are Not Perfect.
Ultrasounds are typically more accurate in your first trimester than later down the road. The weight of baby may not be exact, so be prepared when going into labor that your baby could be smaller or larger than the ultrasound indicated. You may also not need as many ultrasounds as the doctor could indicate. Don’t be afraid to say no if it’s not necessary.
6. You Don’t Need To Be Rushed.
Doctors are busy people. If your vaginal birth is taking a while, he or she may want you to get on with it. But, rushing your delivery is not always healthy. Labor is a different experience for every woman and some take longer than others, especially if this is your first delivery.
7. Baby Doesn’t Have to Be Washed Right Away.
The doctors may want to grab baby up right away and get him or her all cleaned up, but there are huge benefits (to both Mom and Baby!) of skin-to-skin contact for the first hour after birth.
“Newborns without complications should be kept in skin-to-skin contact with their mothers during the first hour after birth to prevent hypothermia and promote breastfeeding.” ~World Health Organization
8. “Late” Doesn’t Mean Induction Is A Must.
Your due date is an estimate. A full-term pregnancy is anywhere from 38-42 weeks.
If you are a week “late” doctors may schedule an induction. But, you could still have a natural birth soon. Just do your research and decide for yourself. Natural is typically better unless you are past 42 weeks. Some moms who had an induction wish they had waited and given a natural birth a chance.
These pregnancy tips are not meant as medical advice.
You must decide for yourself and with the advice of medical professionals you trust. Also, listen to your “mommy gut.”
Wishing you a happy, healthy, empowered pregnancy!
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