First Trimester

5 Ways To Involve Children in Pregnancy

When you were pregnant for the first time, you felt exhausted and tired, now you are pregant with another and you have a toddler who does not understand clearly how you feel. As a mother, you have to find a way of introducing your kids to the idea of having a sibling even though he may not understand fully especially toddlers.

Here are ways you can involve your older kid(s) in pregnancy;

  1. Look out for opportunities where you will be around babies: Perhaps a friend put to bed earlier than you, take your kids along to go see the new baby. This will help them observe how to care for a baby. Use that time to explain the relationship between the physical baby they see and the one in your womb.
  2. Discuss about the new baby: You can nickname the baby and ask your other child to talk to him while in the womb. Allow him feel the kicks, sing and stroke your belly. Tell him he’ll have to share his mum and dad with the new baby.
  3. Read Stories about New Babies: Get kid books that have pictures, explain the pictures and talk about having a sibling.
  4. Talk about how the baby, stages of development and milestones your baby is achieving in the womb. Your older kids will be excited to know that his baby sibling is growing well.
  5. Tell your older kids about how you feel-tired, grouchy. You can say ‘baby is taking almost all your energy so she can grow well.
  6. Take your older kids along for hospital visit. There they get to learn more about babies as they see other pregnant women, babies. It would be exciting if they are allowed to listen to the heart beat, ultra sound of their unborn sibling in the womb.

As you engage your older kids during pregnancy, you are helping to create a strong bond when the baby arrives.

Tell us, which other ways did you involve your older kids during pregnancy?



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Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Most women don’t suspect or think they are pregnant until they notice that they have missed their menstrual period, but even before then there would have been some signs that you are pregnant.

Pregnancy symptoms begin at 4 weeks. Normally you get your period about 4 weeks from the start of your last period, but if you’re pregnant, the clearest sign at this point is a missed period. Many women still feel fine at 4 weeks, but others may notice sore breasts, fatigue, frequent urination, and nausea. Since every woman is different they have different symptoms during pregnancy.

And some of the earliest signs that you are pregnant include:

  • Shortness of Breath -You might be begin to notice that the normal distance that you would normally take has suddenly become a chore.
  • Sore Breasts – you would probably begin to notice that your breast feel tender and heavy. Pronounced veins and darkened areola are said to be the first sign that you are pregnant.
  • Fatigue – You would begin to get exhausted easily. This tiredness usually continues all through the first trimester and get better by the second trimester.
  • Nausea – For a lot of women nausea usually starts at the about 6 weeks but some might begin to feel nauseous from the 4th week of pregnancy and usually reduces by the second semester. Pregnant women are advised the manage the nausea by taking crackers and ginger tea.
  • Frequent Urination – You might begin to notice that your visit to the toilet has become more frequent than usual. This occurs are mainly because the blood flow to the woman’s kidneys increases. This increased urine production peaks by about 9 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy, then settles down.
  • Headaches – You might begin to notice that you are having headaches frequently this is usually as a result of the changes in hormones happening in your body. If you are pregnant it is advised that to handle the headaches you seek the advice of your doctor for safe painkillers to use.
  • Backaches – If you don’t normally have backaches, you might begin to notice that your back is sore. This happens because your ligaments are becoming loose and this would probably continue all through your pregnancy as your baby becomes bigger.
  • Cravings or Food Aversions – If you begin to crave or suddenly can’t stand some food that you eat normally it might be an early sign of pregnancy.
  • Constipation and Bloating – if you suddenly begin to feel constipated or bloated it could be a sign of pregnancy. It might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
  • Mood Swings – Most pregnant women go through different emotion mainly due to the increase of hormones. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad, while others feel more depressed or anxious.
  • Heightened Sense of Smell – If you are suddenly sensitive to different smell it might be because you are pregnant.
  • Dizziness – We have seen it in a lot of movies but its is actually based on reality. If you suddenly begin to feel dizzy it could be a sign that you are pregnant.
  • Spotting or Light Bleeding – It is usually earlier than normal and very light unlike your normal period. You may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
  • Missed Period– This usually one of the most obvious signs of pregnancy and it is at this point that people begin to take note of the other symptoms they have been feeling. Missed period would only be noticed if the person’s period is usually regular.
  • Positive Pregnancy Test– This usually gives a more definite answer to whether you are pregnant or not and it can be done anywhere.

It is usually advised that after taking a home pregnancy test, you should also go to the hospital to take a blood test. Then if it comes out positive your doctor would be able to advise you on the next step to take to ensure a smooth pregnancy and safe delivery.


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