Being of assistance to a pregnant person in your home
The happiest moment for most parents if the first moment you lay your eyes on your offspring. These precious moments are saved in your mind and memory for the rest of your life.
You need to help take care of the lady carrying the precious cargo and assist in making her road to parenthood as comfortable as you can. Here are a few tips on how you can help:
- 1 Make sure she eats enough of the correct food
- 2 Make sure she gets enough sleep
- 3 Ensure she stays well hydrated
- 4 Keeping her confident
- 5 Get Medical Assistance
- 6 Give her some tender loving care
- 7 Allow the mom to be some time alone to relax.
- 8 Like mentioned previously, talk to her.
- 9 Help with household chores and tasks as much as you can.
Make sure she eats enough of the correct food
You could help by supplying her with healthy nutritious foods that will help ensure her and her baby’s health. Good examples thereof is a proper fortified breakfast cereal. Her needs for B vitamins are very high throughout her entire 9 month pregnancy.
Experts advise she consumes 400 micrograms per day. Dried beans and lentils are a good source of protein and are both also high in fibre which will help combat constipation. Broccoli is packed with calcium, folate and disease fighting antioxidants. Calcium is found in milk, but could also be too high in fat, so nonfat milk is advisable.
Bananas are rich in potassium of also provides a quick spurt of energy during pregnancy. Its also easy on your stomach if she is fighting off nausea. During pregnancy her need for iron doubles. Make sure she eats enough low fat meat.
Some believe that they need to be eating for two, since they are in fact too. This is not neccesarilly the case. Help her to maintain a healthy diet so she does not feel self-conscious about her weight after she had seemingly already forgot about the pregnancy.
Make sure she gets enough sleep
Make her rest more and more. Pregnancy brings on a lot of sleep disturbances caused by many factors including nausea, heartburn, leg cramps and snoring. Help her sleep better by having her cut down on caffeine such as soda, coffee and chocolate.
Also avoid spicy food which could bring on heartburn. It is advisable to take short naps during pregnancy which assists in reducing the feeling of fatigue. During the late term of pregnancy it could also happen that she wakes up sore in the abdominal area.
This is likely the baby moving inside her, maybe even kicking or punching her from the inside. It may seem adorable, but it can also lead to discomfort.
Ensure she stays well hydrated
Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to many health problems such as nausea, cramps, oedema and dizziness. Dehydration can also actually cause contractions and trigger preterm labour.
Drinking water also helps prevent urinary infections and constipation. Juice can also count as fluid intake, just be sure to limit this due to the extra sugar and calories.
Keeping her confident
When a pregnant woman’s body changes so rapidly, it often leaves them feeling un confident and unsure. You need to police what you say to her about birth stories and pregnancy horror stories.
You should constantly reassure her that she’s doing a good job, looks good and keep her away from negative talking people. It might be her first baby and she is likely scared out of her wits. She also probably wants to learn everything there is to learn about babies.
A last tip in keeping her confident is to avoid too much detail about the actual labour, especially a video about it. Since she does not know what to expect at all, this will only scare her more.
Get Medical Assistance
Medical care and frequent check ups is essential during pregnancy. The doctors will do a lot of tests and checks, and its important to get involved and ask some questions about them.
Like, why is it needed, are there any problems etc. A doctor will prescribe a prenatal vitamin and check her initially on a monthly basis for any irregularities or health issues. You may not always have time, but try to go with her as much as possible.
Chances are that if you are that worried about her, you are likely and integral part of her life, and will be a part of the baby’s life as well. This will help putting both of your minds at ease.If you are the father of the child and she is asked to have blood test done offer to get the same blood tests done.
Chances are they are doing these tests for genealogical purposes, looking at any ill effects that could be passed down to the baby. What makes a pregnancy so wonderful it that it also needs male genes to come to fruition, therefore ill health effects could be passed down by you as well.
Give her some tender loving care
There are other things you can assist with as well. You could provide a back rub or foot massage. This is guaranteed to make the expecting mom feel better.
Pregnancy often causes a lot of discomfort due to increased weight, dietary changes and fatigue that comes with growing a baby in your belly. A massage not only relieves tension in the neck back and shoulders, but relaxes the mind and spirit too.
Have her sit on a comfy pillow or lay on her side while you put your hands to works.Studies have been done over 10 years and have shown that women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks, had reduced negative hormones such as cortisol and norepinephrine and increased hormones such as dopamine and serotonin (better known as the happy hormone).
A foot massage increases circulation and reduces overall swelling and oedema making it painful and uncomfortable to walk around. It also helps her relax.
You will likely unknowingly trigger of a lot of the sensitive nerve endings in the foot. Not only will this bring on relaxation, but you might even be administering some neuropathy.
Allow the mom to be some time alone to relax.
She is tired and hormonal and needs time to think about the upcoming birth and changes in her life. But be careful not to leave her alone too long as she may start to feel isolated.
You likely know the person in question rather intimately if you are so involved in the pregnancy, so you should know what her tolerances to being alone are. But even if you think she had always been a loner, do talk to her.
Like mentioned previously, talk to her.
Pregnancy can be as scary as it is exciting and pregnant women may want to share some of their worries or concerns. When facing a massive life change, it helps tremendously to have someone to discuss it with and to confide in. Lend her an ear, listen to her feelings and concerns and in turn reassure her again that she is doing a good job.
For some women, the joy of pregnancy is clouded by depression due to hormonal changes. If you notice severe anxiety or depression, rather seek medical attention.
Remember that women handles change differently than men. Men may isolate themselves as they mull over what is about to happen. Women, on the other hand likes to discuss things.
Help with household chores and tasks as much as you can.
A pregnant mom to be does tire quickly, physically and emotionally and often feel nauseous or poor. Start taking over tasks that involve lifting heavy items and straining her back and feet as there are parts of the body often affected first by carrying around a heavy belly.
This will also give her more time to rest and sleep. Keep in mind though that a pregnant woman should never change a cat litter box or be exposed to cat faeces. Cat faeces exposes the pregnant mom to be to a medical condition called Toxoplasmosis.
This disease could cause birth defects and foetal death. She will likely call you to help her with things you deem unnecessary. Keep in mind that her body is no longer what it used to be a few months back. It’s tired, sore and just generally feeling weird. She will remember what you did for her.
Lastly, simply be of assistance to the mom to be. Is she needs a hug, provide one. If she needs onion rings or ice cream at midnight, go out and find it for her.Her body is sending her messages in a code she does not necessarily understand.
Her body knows that it is in need of a certain nutrient and that the nutrient in question can be found in a specific food. It also wants it now. Hormonal imbalances could also trigger strange chemistry in the brain. She will cry for no reason.
She might fume at the slightest wrongdoings. Believe if you will that she is doing her best not to, but her body can simply not adapt quickly enough to the sudden onset of hormonal changes. The best you could do for her is not to take it personally as this will only make matters worse for both of you.