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Advice For Expectant Mothers: A Guide To Getting Through 40 Weeks Of Pregnancy

September 26, 2012

Being pregnant is one of the most natural states in the world, yet it can also be confusing and frightening for the mother-to-be.  The body undergoes massive changes, and the lifestyle changes to come will be even bigger.  There are plenty of tips to help alleviate the fears of soon-to-be parents.  Here are just a few of them: Avoid alcohol when trying to conceive or if you are already pregnant.  Alcohol can cause you and your baby to have serious health problems.  When trying to conceive, alcohol decreases sperm count and makes getting pregnant more difficult.  Even drinks like wine are unhealthy for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. Dangers of Cat Feces When you are pregnant, you will want to let someone else clean out your precious cat's litter box.  This is because there is a parasite in cat feces that causes toxoplasmosis. This parasite is also found in rare or raw meat.  This can lead to serious illness, miscarriage, premature birth or even worse.  So cook your meat well, and let your loved one clean the litter box. Use light exercise to prepare for labor and prevent excess weight.  Of course, you are going to gain a great deal of weight when pregnant, but you don't want to gain more than you should.  At the same time, preparing for labor takes a lot of work, with exercise targeting both issues appropriately. Learn relaxation techniques and make sure to practice them at least once a day. Having some time to relax with breathing and calming exercises will help you relieve the stress that comes from pregnancy.  Make sure you make time for yourself to keep you a happy mom to be. Bloating A couple of signs that may signal you're pregnant before it can be detected by a pregnancy test are sore breasts and bloating.  However, these symptoms also accompany your period.  If you're experiencing these symptoms and you don't get your period, it is probably time to take a test to see if you are pregnant. Perhaps the most important thing to consider about pregnancy is that it ends.  For better or worse, in nine months the mother and father will be off on the next stage of their lives: parenthood.  Learning a few pregnancy tips along the way can improve the quality of those nine brief months - and keep them from feeling like nine long years!

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