We all need and value our friends. They share our thoughts, our concerns and our challenges. They provide support in times of need. And, they can be just plain fun to be around.
Friends, family, or even complete strangers may tell you not to exercise while you’re pregnant for fear that you will harm the baby or go into labor too soon. However, years of research show that exercise is safe and beneficial for most pregnant women.
As you begin to share the news of your pregnancy, and later as your belly grows, you may notice that people—even perfect strangers—want to share their “words of wisdom” with you.
In Western culture, moms receive most of the attention during pregnancy. It’s easy for partners to feel left out and insignificant. Yet both parents emotional needs can be involved in parenting right from the start.
You have a choice before you. You can participate in the awesome responsibility of decision making for you and your baby’s care during pregnancy, labor and birth, or allow routines and standards to determine your care.