You have seen the signs. You are having a baby. Is there anything special in it than having to carry around another person inside your belly? Well, there is much more than just a baby bump that you will see and experience as baby grows. Your significant other, as well as other relatives and friends, will have a word or two on how to make your pregnancy enjoyable.
Your doctor will have more to tell you about what to do and what not to do during your pregnancy. It may be overwhelming. But as the days move to a month or two, you will soon find out that you are more expectant than apprehensive of all the things that have to do with the day when your new bundle of joy will be welcomed to this world.
Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
There are so many health risks for a pregnant woman. Everything that passes through your system goes into the bloodstream and may affect your baby’s development. You will be reminded time and again of the things that you need to do while you are heavy with a child. You may be familiar with some of them.
In this post, we provide you with more pregnancy tips that will help you and your baby safe and healthy throughout the journey.
- Take pregnancy health supplements. Pregnancy requires that you take more than your daily requirements of essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron as your baby’s development also depends on these. Your doctor normally prescribes what supplement you will need for the optimum health of your baby. Your doctor may ask if you have any allergies, if you are taking any medication, or if you have any medical history that may require medical attention. Make sure to let your doctor know everything about your health condition.
- Have adequate exercise. You may feel sluggish as the baby inside your belly grows. Still, it is vital that you stay active as this will lessen the stress that you may feel, improve the blood circulation in your body, make you feel alive and enthusiastic and allow you to have a good sleep. Enlisting in a pregnancy exercise class or taking a walk for about 15-20 minutes a day in cool and convenient places and at a moderate pace will be a good start. You may need to consult your doctor for any activity that you would like to incorporate into your day. Make sure that you don’t exert too much effort or overdo as this will be more stressful for you and your baby.
- Prepare A Birth Plan. Get everyone involved. Write down everything you can think about how you would like your pregnancy to go about. Do you think it is best to have a doula to help you throughout your pregnancy? Is there anything that you would like to do or to have on that special day? Do you intend to have a natural birth or would like special medications that will ease labor and child delivery?
- Educate yourself. Preparation for the big day starts by understanding what the process and the condition entails. If you can attend a childbirth class, do so. This will give you the chance to discover more about your condition, childbearing, and child-rearing. You can also get to know more about your family’s medical history and if there are any previous birth problems you may inquire from your doctor of any danger related to it.
- Practice Kegels. This exercise will strengthen your pelvic muscles. Having strong pelvic floor muscles will make child delivery easier. You can do this simple exercise anywhere and no one will ever notice that you are doing it.
- Avoid strenuous household chores. Heavy lifting, using hazardous chemicals, cleaning the kitten litter, standing for a long time, and other risky daily tasks can put you and your baby to danger. This is the time to take them off your daily duties.
- Track Your Weight. Both gaining more and gaining less weight during pregnancy are not good for you and your baby. It is a smart practice to track your weight gain and check with your doctor regularly to make sure that you are gaining weight at a healthy rate. Note that a gain of about 15-25 pounds is considered overweight. A gain of 28-40 pounds is underweight, while a gain of 11-20 pounds is considered obese. A normal gain weight is from 15-25 pounds.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Your feet grow as your baby bump grows. Over time, you may feel that you are putting more pressure on your feet. This may cause your feet to flatten. You may also retain more fluids down there. As a result, your feet and ankle may swell. This will require you to wear comfortable shoes. It will also help to put your feet up while resting a few times a day as this will help prevent your legs and feet to swell.
- Eat folate-rich foods. Folate, in the form of folic acid, is essential in the proper development of the neural tube and in the creation of new red blood cells. Eat more foods rich in folate, such as oranges, orange juice, asparagus, and fortified breakfast cereals.
- Eat more fruits. The natural sugars in fruits will keep you energized.
- Add fish to your diet. Opt for those that are high in Omega 3s (nutrient vital for brain development), but stay away from the varieties of fish that contain mercury such as tilefish, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.
- Wear sun protection. Your skin is more susceptible to skin discoloration or pigmentation during pregnancy. It is advisable that you stay in the shade when you are outdoors. Wearing protective clothing, glasses, as well as sunscreen will limit the probability of the sun’s harmful rays directly touching your skin. When choosing a sunscreen product, opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen as it filters out both UVB and UVA rays.
- Pamper yourself. This is your time to relax and de-stress. Give yourself as much rest as it needs. Give in to your cravings but make sure that you set a limit or you may end up overweight soon.
- Travel safely. Plan ahead of time so you can prepare everything that you need for an enjoyable trip. While on the go, keep yourself hydrated, walk after every thirty minutes to prevent your feet from swelling and reduce the risk of blood clots. Make sure to follow the safety rules while on the go.
- Keep Your Lines Open. You don’t know when emergencies will happen. Always keep your phone lines open and have emergency numbers saved on your phone for easier dialing. Keep your doctor updated on what’s going on with you and your baby, especially when there are unusual indications like shortness of breath, palpitations, vaginal bleeding, strong cramps, and the likes.