Adapted from Robert Thatcher
Finally the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyne and after undergoing a battery of tests the doctor confirmed that you really are pregnant.
Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is paramount.
Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and her self, too.
1. Eat well, conceive well.
It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do you and your growing baby just right. Of course, try to avoid packing on those extra calories should from junk food!
2. Supplement your wellness.
A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy vegies, when taken in 400 mcg amounts daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects.
3. Away with your vices.
It could have been awfully hard for you to quit your smoking and frequent alcohol intake pre-pregnancy. But now could be your chance to reboot your habits once and for all! The nicotine from cigarettes and alcohol from the alcoholic beverages you consume can harm your growing baby. Usually, babies from mothers that have been smoking are born with low average birth weight, are prone to being born prematurely and may die from sudden infant death syndrome compared to babies of non-smoking moms. Caffeine is one substance that should be avoided, too. So, say ta-ta to your espressos and brewed fraps for your baby’s sake.
4. Precautions schmasions.
Even before pregnancy, it won’t hurt to get prenatal care. Making sure that you are immune to certain diseases that might affect your pregnancy counts a lot. An example of these diseases that a pregnant woman should be cautious of is rubella or German measles. Knowing your blood type will also help you prepare for any medical condition that you might encounter during pregnancy.
5. Exercise properly for you and your baby.
Exercising is one good way to help keep an expecting mama fit, as well as her baby. However, there are certain conditions that may need an ob-gyn’s opinion, so be sure to consult your doctor. One of the important forms of exercise that can be done during pregnancy include those that help improve the muscles’ endurance. Stretching can help a lot, too. But all of these activities should be done with ample amount of precaution, of course.
It all boils down to the fact that if a woman would like to have a healthy pregnancy, she has to simply have a healthy lifestyle. Here are 5 heart-healthy exercises that are safe to do during your pregnancy!