Getting pregnant and becoming a mother is a dream of many ladies. During pregnancy, many people offer several pieces of advice to the mother to-be on how to maintain a good health.
For the first-time pregnant women, the change in lifestyle that pregnancy brings can be overwhelming. It is therefore very important for every woman to understand the things to do and what to avoid during pregnancy.
This way, it becomes easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which is of a great benefit to both the mother and the fetus.
Here are few tips on how to maintain good health during pregnancy.
The first thing to do when you find out you are pregnant is to see a doctor or a certified midwife. He/she will help you confirm and organise all the antenatal care that you will need. Be sure to follow every piece of advice he/she gives you.
In addition, you will have to always eat a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t forget your fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, carbohydrates, protein, vitamin D, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids – all of which help to develop your baby’s central nervous system.
Also note that in your last three months of pregnancy, you’ll need to always eat an extra of about 200 calories a day. Be sure to discuss with your doctor about meal planning for each trimester and the right foods to consume during pregnancy.
Regular exercise is also good for pregnant women. It helps you to regain shape after delivery, ward off depression, gives you relief from backache and helps you cope with the extra weight of pregnancy.
Pelvic floor exercises, when done regularly and appropriately, can help to strengthen your muscle and help your baby’s birth to go more smoothly. Be sure to discuss with your doctor, all suitable exercises for you.
Make sure you cut out alcohol completely. The alcohol you consume rapidly reaches your baby through you blood stream and placenta. Also quit smoking; as it increases the risk of miscarriages, premature birth, low birth weight, and other birth abnormalities.
Caffeine like coffee, tea, cola and energy drinks are mild stimulants. Too much of them can increase your risk of a miscarriage, so cut back on caffeine.
Finally, always get enough rest. If you can’t sleep during the night, take a nap during the day. Make sure you consult your doctor always.
We wish you a healthy nine months and safe delivery.