3 Steps To A Healthy Pregnancy
Being pregnant is a health minefield. There are so many different dos and don’ts to make sure that your baby is safe. Sometimes that means we forget about ourselves a bit. Making sure that you are healthy throughout the pregnancy is just as important. A lot of the advice I’ll give you is good health advice generally, but it is all the more important when you are expecting. Your doctor should have given you all of the advice that you need, but if you need a bit of a refresher, here are the main things that you should be doing to stay healthy during pregnancy.
Like I said, it’s always a good idea to eat well but when you are pregnant, your body will be under a lot of stress, and your baby is going to take on everything that you consume, so it is vital that it’s all good stuff. By now, you should be familiar with all of the things that you absolutely can’t have. No alcohol, caffeine, most cheeses, grapefruits and much more. So, what should you have? Getting your five a day isn’t an option anymore. You should consider that a minimum if anything. It only counts if they are five different fruits and vegetables as well, so vary what you eat. Fish is also very beneficial. It has lots of Vitamin D and Omega 3 which helps with the baby’s development. If you really can’t stomach fish, then you should be taking supplements to ensure that you get a healthy dose of Omega 3. Make sure that you drink enough water every day, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to eat for two. For the first six months, just carry on as normal. After that, you only need an extra two or three hundred calories a day, not double.
In the early stages of the pregnancy, you will be able to do things fairly normally so exercise shouldn’t be too much of an issue. However, you will need to take it easy if you are going to exercise while pregnant because you don’t want to put your body under too much stress. It is important to maintain some kind of exercise regime to help your body deal with the stresses of being pregnant, but anything too strenuous could lead to injury.
When the baby comes, you aren’t going to get much sleep for a while, so make the most of it while you can. As you get bigger, it’s going to become increasingly difficult to sleep. Towards the end of the pregnancy, you are likely to be up and down all night going to the toilet and trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Your body is going through a hard time and rest is important. If you are struggling to sleep at night, try having a nap in the day to catch up on a bit of rest. In fact, anytime that you can get some extra sleep then just do it.