So, you’re pregnant… now what? Pregnancy is a long journey and so many first-time mommas aren’t sure what the first steps on this journey should be. Don’t worry; we’re here to help!

Step One: Breathe. 

Pregnancy brings about a whole host of emotions, and that’s ok. Take a deep breath, hold for 15 seconds, and let it completely leave your body. There are plenty of resources and people available to help you have a happy and healthy pregnancy experience. Breathe deep for you and your baby; you are about to embark on a beautiful journey!

Step Two: Find the right team.

Surround yourself with the right people to walk through this journey with you. Everyone from healthcare providers to friends and family will play an integral part along the way. Make sure you are on the same page as your healthcare provider regarding your birth plan. Where are you planning on delivering: hospital, home, or free-standing birth center? Are you planning a natural birth with no medication or are you expecting an epidural?

Let your immediate friends and family know about your plans and let them come around you to support you in whatever ways you need and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Lean on the knowledge and experience of our midwives and lactation consultants. Remember, however, that this is your birth plan. Input from friends and family is great, but never lose sight of the fact this is your experience and it should be what you want.

Step Three: Eat healthy. 

A diet full of protein is a must for a growing baby. Also be sure to eat lots of dark-green, leafy veggies. Of course every woman has individual dietary needs, but a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and grains is necessary for a healthy mamma and baby. When you’re pregnant, your body will react to foods differently–don’t be alarmed. You will learn what your body, and your baby, wants and needs along the way. Talk to your caregiver to create a specialized diet plan for you.

Step Four: Rest.

Getting rest will not only put you at ease, but your baby as well. Get a good night’s sleep and even try to squeeze in a nap during the day. During your last trimester, this is especially important. It is recommended that pregnant women get 9 hours of sleep. Now, if you’re still working full-time or have little ones running around, that probably doesn’t sound realistic. Do what you can whenever you can to snag a few hours of sleep; the health benefits are endless.

Step Five: Exercise.

Keep your body moving. You’re probably exhausted just getting dressed in the morning, but try and find the motivation to take a couple laps around the block. Go walk around the mall. Take the little ones to the park. Staying active promotes full body health for mommy and baby.

Santa Clarita Valley Birth Center is SCV’s first free-standing birth center. We empower women to use their natural ability to birth without a dependence on arbitrary hospital policies. Through home birth and waterbirth, babies are welcomed to the world safely and naturally.

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