If you have chosen to have a baby, the most important thing is that you care a lot, so you and your baby will be healthy in the future. Girls are highly likely to have healthy babies who receive proper care and make the right decisions. When you discover that you are pregnant, see a doctor to start receiving prenatal care (pregnancy care) as soon as possible. The sooner you start receiving medical attention, the better the chances in the future that you and your baby will be healthy.
The doctor will ask a lot of questions during the first consultation, such as your last period date. You can calculate how long you have been pregnant and how long you expect your baby to be. Doctors estimate the pregnancy duration in weeks. The due date is estimated, but most babies born between 38 and 42 weeks after the first day of the last female menstrual period, or between 36 and 38 weeks after conception (when the sperm fertilizes the egg); only a small percentage of women born at the estimated date of delivery.
The pregnancy is divided into three or four phases. The first quarter runs from Week 13 conception to the end. The second one is between week 14 and 26. The third trimester is up to the end of pregnancy from week 27.
In addition to measuring your belly to record the growth of the baby, your doctor will monitor your weight, blood pressure and urine during consultations. When a special device can hear the heartbeat of the baby, the doctor will listen to you whenever you visit. Your doctor will probably also indicate other tests during pregnancy, such as an ultrasound to ensure that the baby is in perfect condition.
Many youths are concerned about your body’s appearance and fear of gaining weight during pregnancy. But, because you feed two people, this is not the time to cut calories or go on a diet. Both you and your baby need the baby to grow properly with certain nutrients. If you eat a variety of healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and reduce junk food, high fat, help you and your baby grow healthy.
Exercising during pregnancy is good for your health if you have no pregnancy complications and choose suitable activities. Doctors generally recommend activities with a low impact such as walking, swimming, and yoga.
Gaining plenty of rest during pregnancy is important. Try to get the habit of sleeping on your side during the first months of pregnancy. As pregnancy progresses, the most comfortable position will be to lie on your side, knees bent. It will make it easier for the heart to function as the weight of the baby will not exert any pressure on the vein that carries blood back to the heart from the feet and legs.
Talk about sex during pregnancy with your doctor. If you have sex during pregnancy with your doctor, you should use a condom to avoid contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Because some STDs in the newborn can cause blindness, pneumonia, or meningitis, protecting yourself and the baby is important for you.
If you read books, attend classes, or consult reliable parenting websites, you can learn more about what happens when your mother. When you are pregnant and when you become a mother, your pediatrician, your parents, family members, and other adults can guide you.