It does not matter how old you are, or how many children you have, pregnancy is an awe inspiring, nerve racking, exciting time in your life. It is also one of the greatest miracles a woman can experience. Following are some handy hints on how to make the nine months as healthy and stress-free as possible.

Eat for one! Many people think that because they are pregnant, they can eat as much as they want. This is not true. If you want to be able to get your body back after you give birth, you need to make sure that you only raise your calories by a very little bit (you should consume around 2,000 calories a day, no more!)

When you are attempting to get pregnant, it is important to learn when you are ovulating. By learning your cycles, you will be more in tune to knowing the best times to try to conceive. In addition to increasing your odds of becoming pregnant, knowing your ovulation period will also aid in pinpointing your due date should you become pregnant.

If you get a headache when you are pregnant, make sure to stay away from aspirin. Aspirin has been proven to cause harm in both an expectant mother and baby. It is best to ask your doctor what medications are safe for you to use. Also, try relieving head pressure by using a cool compress.

Get a doula. A doula is a person who can help you through the entire birth process. They are able to provide support, assistance and encouragement during labor. They can help your partner to be a stronger coach, and you will have the benefit of an experienced person in the birthing room with you.

A pregnant mother should at all costs avoid any sort of drugs, whether they are alcohol, nicotine, or heavier drugs such as heroin. Your baby can and will develop a chemical dependency in the womb. This also is not to mention the possibility for birth defects. If you’re an expecting mom, stay away from drugs!

Drink plenty of water if you get diarrhea during pregnancy. Diarrhea is a cause for dehydration, and being pregnant, dehydration is more serious than for someone who isn’t pregnant.

Although it may be controversial to some, if you are pregnant it may be wise to think over your options. Sometimes you simply are not ready to have a child. With so many options ranging from abortion, to adoption, to having the child, it is in one’s best interests to think it through thoroughly, because the only person you’d end up hurting is the child.

Keep extra deodorant around wherever you go. Pregnant women sweat. Trust me it’s not just glow, it is sweat. Stay dry and smelling fresh with deodorant. Consider looking into getting a few little portable fans to help stay dry and sweat free as much as possible.

Always ensure that if you have doubts or concerns about any part of your pregnancy, that you contact your doctor as soon as possible. We are confident the the above tips will fit you ease any stress you may have had. So, sit back and enjoy the ride, and the blessing that will arrive at the end.