Parkridge Health System - January 27, 2020
by Michael Ferguson

Millions of women across the world become pregnant each year! As soon as the test shows positive, women start to work toward having a healthy and happy pregnancy. But how exactly do you do that?

The journey to parenthood is an exciting one! It can be filled with joy and excitement, as well as nervousness and anxiety. However, our goal is to help you overcome any fears you might have during your pregnancy so that you can focus more on the amazing things ahead:

Monitor your Google use

Yes, you want to be _in the know_ about everything baby-related. What you should or should not eat during pregnancy...what the best workouts are while you're pregnant...what certain symptoms during pregnancy mean--and so on and so forth.

While it is wonderful to learn as much as you can about how to have a healthy pregnancy, it's important to remember that sometimes Googling information can do more harm than good. Some of the information out there isn't factually correct.

So, if you're going to be researching anything online, make sure you're using reputable resources, such as those that end in .gov or .org only.

Start bonding with your baby

It is never too early to start communicating with your baby! Although he or she might not be in your arms yet, your child is a part of you.

Take time during pregnancy to talk or sing to your baby. You can even play him or her your favorite music, or start reading bedtime stories to your child that you plan to continue when he or she is here!

Make time for self-care

There are going to be a lot of changes ahead. And not just during these nine months of pregnancy--your life is about to change forever. Take time to not just enjoy the moment, but to also pamper yourself during the process.

When you are more relaxed and taken care of, so is your baby. Plus, you are better able to enjoy your pregnancy. Get a prenatal massage, or even take a yoga class.

Are you expecting a new addition to the family? Be sure to check out the classes available at Parkridge East Hospital that can help you and your family be better prepared for your new arrival._