February 02, 2015

When you discover you’re pregnant, it is an exciting and joyful time! If this is your first pregnancy, you will probably have many questions and concerns about what to expect throughout your pregnancy stages as you prepare to bring your little one into the world.

Over the next nine months, you will be making many important decisions concerning your baby. To start, you must choose a doctor who will guide you through your stages of pregnancy, ensuring the health and welfare of both you and your growing baby. During your first pre-natal check-up, you will receive lots of new information and told of the many options you have when planning for your child.

After ensuring that your baby’s development is on course, the nurse or doctor will discuss a healthy lifestyle options that are beneficial to both you and your baby. You will also be cautioned on any medications or activities you should avoid now that you’re pregnant and reminded that everything you do has the potential to impact your developing baby, especially during the early stages of pregnancy.

You will also experience an incredible transformation within yourself. During your first trimester, you will begin to notice the start of many changes going on with your body. Along with the nausea most mothers-to-be expect, many are caught off guard by the extreme exhaustion that comes with it. Remember to allow yourself time to rest and don’t overdo it.

As you progress through your pregnancy, each week and doctor visit will include more information and decisions. For example, during your second trimester is when you and your doctor will discuss if any prenatal testing, such as amniocentesis or genetic testing, is recommended. You’ll most likely have an ultrasound around this time to verify your baby is growing as expected. By now, your doctor should be able to tell the sex of your baby, so be sure to let them know whether or not this is information you would like to know or if you’d rather be surprised at birth.

It is also around this stage of pregnancy that your doctor will inform you of your options when it comes to umbilical cord blood banking. Cord blood banking secures the precious cord blood stem cells left over in your baby’s placenta and umbilical cord following birth. The cells in cord blood can be used to treat scores of otherwise untreatable diseases and genetic disorders. Because it takes time to register for this service, it is important to decide as early as possible in order to have everything in place by the time your baby is born.

Finally, your last trimester! It’s time to make plans for your child’s arrival. By now you’ve probably already got a nursery set up and have completed your baby registry and discussed your birth plan with your OB. The next step is child birth classes and just waiting for nature to take its course!

Pregnancy is an exciting and life changing event and all mothers want to do what’s best for their child to ensure their healthy future.

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