On this page we are going to answer some of the most common baby and pregnancy questions that people have. When you’re expecting a new baby it is an exciting time but it is also a time when there is a lot of uncertainty. You may not know what to expect and it’s always easier knowing what’s in store ahead of time so hopefully you will find some answers to your questions on this page.
What Should I Eat and What Foods Should I Avoid during My Pregnancy?
This is one of the most common baby and pregnancy questions we come across but answer to this question may not surprise you too much. The reason may not surprise you is because you should eat a healthy diet whether you are pregnant or not. A healthy diet would include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
You may want to eat things like leafy greens, whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fruit, and lean proteins like chicken, turkey, or fish.
Some things to avoid would obviously include smoking or consuming alcoholic beverages. However, even if you are trying to choose healthy options there are some things you need to be aware of. For example, fish is a very healthy choice that is high in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. However, certain types of fish may be higher in mercury than others and you will certainly want to avoid those. It may be a good idea to limit your fish intake in general just to be on the safe side.
You’ll also want to avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. If you are a sushi or sashimi lover you may have to avoid those for a while. Avoid eating runny, undercooked eggs as well. You should also avoid unpasteurized dairy products. Pasteurized milk is fine but unpasteurized milk and cheeses could be dangerous. Even cold cuts, hot dogs, and lunchmeat can contain Listeria so if you’re going to eat these you should heat them to the point where they are steaming.
Can I or Should I Exercise during My Pregnancy?
You absolutely can exercise during pregnancy but some experts would recommend that you avoid weight-bearing activities and exercises that require a great deal of balance. Exercises like swimming, walking, and riding an exercise bike would be good choices.
It’s also recommended that once you reach your second and third trimesters you should avoid doing exercises that require you to lie on your back. You will also want to avoid any exercises that risk injury to your abdomen. Swimming is a great, low impact workout that you can do throughout your entire pregnancy. You may even be able to find some water aerobics classes in your area.
How Much Weight Should I Gained during Pregnancy?
When you are pregnant you are certainly going to gain some weight but being pregnant does not mean that you can eat everything in sight and consume massive amounts of food. You should still watch what you eat and try to get some exercise. As a general rule of thumb, if you are at a healthy weight before your pregnancy you might expect to gain 25 to 35 pounds. Women who are overweight before their pregnancies should gain between 15 and 25 pounds. Women that are under weight before their pregnancy can expect to gain a little bit more, perhaps 30 to 40 pounds.
How Much Will My Newborn Baby Sleep?
In the beginning, your baby will sleep quite a bit, as much as 16 hours per day. The problem is it’s not going to be all at once, your baby may only sleep for an hour or two at a time. However, by the time they reach six months a lot of babies will be sleeping for about six hours per night.
Should I Breast-Feed and for How Long?
Breast-feeding your baby is absolutely the best way to provide nourishment. There are many scientific studies backing this up. Your breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby giving them the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats and also giving them vitamins and minerals.
There have also been a number of studies showing that breast-feeding greatly reduces the chances of a number of different illnesses including respiratory problems, stomach viruses, ear infections, diabetes, and several types of cancer.
Breast-feeding has also been linked to a reduced chance of developing allergies, lower rates of diabetes, higher IQs, the list of benefits goes on and on.
When it comes to how long you should breast-feed, some experts would recommend that you breast-feed for at least the first six months but many experts also encourage mothers to breast feed for the first year. And it is certainly acceptable to go well beyond that.
When Can You Introduce Solid Foods?
Most babies are ready to start eating solid foods when they reach 4 to 6 months. By this time their digestive system can handle solid foods and there is less chance that certain foods will cause them to develop allergies.
There are some rules of thumb to follow that will give you an idea of when your child might be ready for solid foods. If your baby’s birth weight has doubled and they can support their own head and neck, they may be ready for solid food. If they can keep food in their mouths without letting it dribble out, that is another sign to look for. You may even notice your baby taking an interest in what you are eating.
As an expectant mother you may have a million other questions but I hope that after reading this you have found answers to some of your baby and pregnancy questions. If you are searching the Internet for answers to your questions try to get your information from a reliable source like a hospital or a government website. You can also call your physician or an advice line that is run by nurses or other medical professionals.