Pregnancy can be such a fun time and so full of excitement. Thoughts of becoming a parent are the stuff of many people's dreams. First time mothers-to-be always have a number of questions. The following paragraphs contain a lot of ideas that may answer some of your questions and concerns.

One thing a pregnant woman should avoid, that may not be well known, is cat litter. This is due to toxoplasmosis, a condition caused by parasites which can pose serious health dangers to your fetus. Don't risk your child's health; stay away from the cat litter. Be sure that you have a flu shot given to you when you get pregnant. Your lessened immunity while pregnant makes you more susceptible to getting sick. That can be a danger to your baby as well as you.

Setting up the baby's room is a big deal for most parents. Be careful to think about the fumes you may be exposing your fetus to. Be certain the room has proper ventilation and open windows. It's also smart to have family or friends around to do the heavy lifting and help you as needed. Remember to keep exercising while you are pregnant, unless you are told not to by a doctor. Many low-impact activities can actually help you throughout your pregnancy and make your labor less arduous.

Although skin is naturally elastic, even the supplest skin is limited in the amount that it can stretch. A growing belly during pregnancy may have itchiness, which is completely normal. When looking for ways to soothe itchy skin, avoid excessively hot baths or showers. The hot water strips the skin of its natural oils and makes it itch more. See to it that you moisturize using something heavy like petroleum jelly or cocoa butter. Wear clothes that are loose fitting and avoid the urge to scratch.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, start keeping a "to do" list so that you know what has to be done and when. Asking loved ones for some help can be a lifesaver. Make sure more personal items get done yourself, and don't put them off too long- you are on a time limit! Take extra care with your teeth while pregnant and see your dentist if necessary. Pregnancy can make your mouth and immune system vulnerable. Therefore, ensure that you regularly brush your teeth, and don't neglect flossing. If there are any issues, make sure to get in touch with your dentist.

Take iron tablets and eat foods with lots of iron when pregnant. You are sharing your body with someone else, so your iron needs go up about 50 percent while you are pregnant. This supplement produces hemoglobin, which is important for your blood. As you get deeper into the pregnancy, your body will require more iron. One great way to find out what you need to know about pregnancy is to talk with someone you know who has recently had a baby. The more you can learn from them, the better off you'll be. Talk to your physician first if you're thinking about becoming pregnant. Your doctor can help you decide on lifestyle changes and understanding conditions and responsibilities. One pre-pregnancy appointment can make a big difference.