Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Bump to Birth

Getting pregnant is one of the most exciting and important time in a woman’s life. However, it can also be a very stressful and scary time. It is important you do all you can to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy. The following article will show you helpful tips on how to keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy.

It is very important you go to the doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Getting prenatal care as soon as possible can make a big difference to you and your baby. Make sure you do not skip any of your doctor’s appointments. These regular checkups are extremely important since the doctor can monitor your pregnancy and see if everything is going smoothly. This is also a good time to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. In addition, during these appointments you will be getting some crucial tests to check your baby’s progress.

We all know the importance of having a healthy diet. This is even more so when you are expecting. You should follow a well balanced diet which includes vegetables and fruits. Remember that you are eating for two so this is not the time to be dieting or restricting what you eat. Eat as much variety as possible in order to consume the recommended daily doses of vitamins and nutrients. If you are experiencing heartburn or nausea, try eating smaller meals several times a day. Avoid foods high in fat and salt since these can make your symptoms worse.

This is a very stressful period in a woman’s life; therefore, keeping stress under control is crucial. Studies have shown that having a stressful pregnancy can produce hormones which can cause a miscarriage or preterm labor. If you are stressed out, there are many ways you can manage the stress. Take time out for yourself to relax. Read a book or meditate. Get a prenatal massage or do some yoga. Also, try breathing techniques that can help reduce your stress level.

If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do while pregnant. Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy are more likely to die from (SIDS) sudden infant death syndrome. Smoking also increases the risk of a miscarriage or stillbirth. Also, the risk of your baby having a low birth weight and colic is higher if you smoke during pregnancy.

Just because you are pregnant, it does not mean you have to stop exercising. Exercising during pregnancy is a great way to feel great and stay in shape. Some studies have shown that exercising during pregnancy will help with a shorter and easier labor and delivery. Your post-birth recovery will be faster and you will return to your prepregnancy weight faster. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. Make you sure you get the okay from your doctor to exercise. Remember to keep it easy and not over do it.

Although pregnancy can be a challenging time, there are things that can be done to make it easier. By implementing some of the tips mentioned in this article, you can increase the chances of having a less stressful and healthier pregnancy.

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