For most ladies being pregnant is one of the most magical experiences in their lives. The thought of carrying around a brand new human being inside you is just too exciting to put into words.
Having said that, being pregnant also has its dull, mundane side to it. Walking around with an extremely large belly for several months and the constant prenatal care visits isn’t the most pleasant thing in the world. You need to be careful not to exert yourself too much in the latter stages. If you are in this situation and are getting frustrated at not being able to do everything you used to do then here are some ideas for taking it easy but not being bored at the same time.
Watch a Pregnancy Documentary
Have you watched a pregnancy documentary yet? There are some fantastic ones around which will help you understand the process more and will really build up your anticipation levels for that special moment when the little one is born. Personally, I would avoid those tasteless or overly graphic documentaries about problematic pregnancies or births gone wrong. If you are emotionally rather delicate just now then this kind of thing might just upset you. Instead, I would look out for sensitive and classy pregnancy documentaries. The BBC has shown some very nice documentaries about pregnancy which are well worth settling down with and watching. There are also a lot of movies and TV shows about being pregnant and about motherhood which you might be interested in. You probably don’t want to overdose on this sort of stuff though, so try and mix up your viewing with some other types of the program as well.
Play Some Games Online
If you are used to living an active sort of life then it can be difficult to slow down when your body tells you to do so. A good idea, in this case, is to find a hobby that is exciting but that you can do without moving about too much. Online games are good examples of what this can mean. Because these sites offer a chat facility you might even end up talking to other mothers or mums-to-be while playing.
Read a Book About Motherhood and Family Life
For this last point, I’m not talking about textbooks explaining what it is to be a mother. Instead, I mean inspirational books about real life or fictional mothers who went through the kind of challenges that make for good reading and hopefully a happy ending. There are also plenty of funny books around about bad parenting which will make you laugh out loud. My Former Heart is a fine tale that isn’t exclusively about motherhood but which is sure to strike a few chords with you if you are expecting. Another book worth mentioning is Little Earthquakes. This light-hearted novel is about the very different approaches to pregnancy taken by three different women.
How do I know if I overdid it while pregnant?
During pregnancy, it is important to be aware of your activity levels and know when you are doing too much. There are a few signs and symptoms that can indicate if you have overdone it – recognizing these is key for a healthy and safe pregnancy. By understanding the warning signs, parents-to-be can ensure their own health as well as the health of their unborn child.
When pregnant, fatigue should be expected; however, if you find yourself feeling especially tired more often than usual, this could be an indication that you may be doing too much. It is normal to feel tired during pregnancy – but if you are feeling overly fatigued or exhausted after normal activities (like showering or walking) then this could mean that your body needs some extra rest. If this is the case, try taking short naps throughout the day or adding in more relaxation time into your schedule.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is common; however, there are times when it can indicate something else. If nausea or vomiting suddenly increase without any other notable changes in your diet or lifestyle, then this may mean that your body has been overworked and needs some additional rest. In order to help alleviate any potential discomfort due to overeating activities, try cutting back on physical exertion or getting more sleep at night.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath occurs for many reasons during a healthy pregnancy but can also be an indicator of overexertion if it occurs out of nowhere or persists for long periods of time. If you notice a sudden shortness of breath, take a break from any strenuous activity immediately and move around more lightly until breathing returns to normal. Additionally, talk to your doctor about any persistent shortness of breath that lasts longer than 15 minutes at a time.
Being aware of your activity level during pregnancy is extremely important in order to stay healthy and protect the health of your unborn baby. There are several warning signs that can indicate if you have overdone it – such as fatigue, nausea/vomiting and shortness of breath – which should not be overlooked or ignored. Remember to listen to your body’s signals so that both you and your baby remain safe throughout the entire pregnancy!