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Is this your first pregnancy? Just starting to experience the first signs of pregnancy? This article has information and tips to consider if you are pregnant for the first time. Get tips on morning sickness, heartburn, things to avoid while pregnant, and how to have a healthy pregnancy.

During your first pregnancy, you might be overwhelmed with a number of different feelings. First of all, many people are excited to find out about being pregnant. However, that excitement can give way to concern and worry as a first pregnancy produces anxiety about what will happen. The good news is that there are more resources than ever for women who want some help with their first pregnancy. Here are some tips to consider for your first pregnancy:

  1. Education: One of the best things you can do is learn about pregnancy, and what happens. Many times, a first pregnancy is much less intimidating when you know what to expect. There are a number of pregnancy books and Web sites that have reliable information about pregnancy. Choose one or two of these and learn what you can. Don’t feel like you need to read everything, though, since that can lead to debilitating information overload.
  2. Communication: It is important to have good communication with your support system. Make sure that you are comfortable with your health care professional, whether it is a doctor, nurse or midwife. Ask questions, and communicate your concerns. You should also have an open channel of communication with your life partner so that he or she knows what you are going through. Communication with other members of your close support system (family and friends) can also help, as well as being a great source of good advice.
  3. Morning sickness: The unpleasantness of morning sickness can be alleviated in many cases by eating salt free crackers between meals, and by using mint and ginger in cookies and teas that you have. Avoid foods and smells that give you nausea. If you are concerned, talk to your health care professional.
  4. Sleep: Do your best to get adequate sleep. You can buy a long body pillow, or sleep with a pillow between your legs, to increase your comfort. You should avoid sleeping on your back, since that puts the weight of the uterus and the baby on your intestines and your back. If you need to, take naps during the day.
  5. Heartburn: Many women experience heartburn during pregnancy. In some cases you might find that you experience heartburn for the first time during your first pregnancy. You can reduce the chances of heartburn by eating smaller foods, avoiding spicy and greasy foods, avoiding caffeine and not eating for at least two hours before bed. Talk to your health care professional about the possibility of over the counter remedies as well.
  6. Wearing proper shoes: The good news is that there are a number of stylish and comfortable pregnancy clothes and shoes out there. Avoid high heels since it can cause you to lean forward, or cause backaches. In the later stages of your pregnancy, it is nice to avoid ties or buckle shoes. A pair of chic ballet flats or sandals can be just the thing.
  7. Leg cramps: Chances are that you will experience leg cramps during your first pregnancy (and beyond). You can talk to your health care professional about ways to alleviate these. You should avoid massaging or applying heat when you have leg cramps. You can ease them by straightening your leg and then flexing your ankle so that your toes are toward your face.
  8. Constipation: You may not want to talk about it with your health care professional, but constipation can be a problem. Eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and whole grains can help you avoid this, as can staying hydrated. Do what you can to be healthy, and your baby will be healthy, too.

There are also some things that you should avoid, whether it’s your first pregnancy or your third. Avoid smoking, and avoid second hand smoke. Stay away from alcohol, and limit caffeine intake. You should also try to avoid certain exercises (especially those that require you to lay on your back), and some kinds of fish with high mercury content. Your health care professional can help you set up a diet and exercise routine that is healthy for both you and your baby.

Pregnancy is an interesting and exciting time. If you take good care of yourself, chances are that you and your baby will both be healthy and happy, and you will have an increased chance of recovering more quickly after giving birth.

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