There are a world of joys associated with pregnancy, but you don’t have to count on heartburn to be on the list. Knowing and cutting back on or even avoiding trigger foods can help you prevent heartburn. Foods that are spicy, caffeine and chocolate are known heartburn triggers. Eat several small meals a day, and break them down into small bites, chewing thoroughly before swallowing. Pay close attention to your iron intake during your pregnancy. If you are deficient in iron, you will tend to be tired during pregnancy, and your baby may weigh less than optimal at birth. Get a prenatal supplement with iron, and add more foods rich in iron to your diet.
If you are a pregnant woman in the third trimester, try to sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left provides your baby with a good blood supply, and allows easy circulation to your kidneys as well as the uterus. Stay off your back if you can help it, because this position can affect circulation in the last trimester.
Get tested for all STDs if you’re pregnant. Left unchecked these conditions can cause serious harm to your child. There are a wide variety of tests that can be taken to check for these diseases. If you are diagnosed with an STD, you may need to deliver your baby via C-section.
If you are pregnant you should try your best to include large amounts of folic acid in your diet. One of the largest sources of folic acid is spinach, which also contains a large amount of iron. Folic acid reducing the chances of defects that occur within the neural tube. Make sure you are honest with your doctor about the possibility of an STD when you are pregnant. These diseases can cause you and your baby serious health problems if left untreated. Testing for STD’s can be done in several ways, inclusive of pap smears, blood test, and urine tests. If you have one, you may have to deliver via C-section.