If you are trying to get pregnant or you already are, you probably know some of the basic things about taking care of yourself and your baby.
Don’t drink, don’t smoke, and don’t overwork yourself. You need to get a lot of rest, too. Here are proven tips, from taking vitamins to what to do with your morning exercise routine, to make sure that you have a safe and a healthy pregnancy.
Take Your Prenatal Vitamin
It is always smart to take prenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which will later become the brain and the spinal cord, develops during the first month of your pregnancy so it is important to get all the essential nutrients such as iron, calcium, and folic acid, even at the start of your pregnancy.
These prenatal vitamins are available over the counter or you can also get a prescription from your doctor. If you feel dizzy after taking them, you may try drinking it before you go to bed or after a light snack.
Get Some Time to Exercise
Staying active is a must when you are expecting. Regular working out will help you in controlling your weight, boosting your mood, improving blood circulation, and sleeping better.
Simple exercises such as yoga, pilates, swimming, and walking are great activities for pregnant women. Before you start any exercise routine, make sure to check with your doctor first. Aim at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. But always remember to listen to your body and do not overdo it.
Whether it is your first, second or third baby, attending a childbirth class will make you feel more prepared for delivery. These classes will not only give you the chance to learn more about childbirth, they also teach infant care and answers any specific questions or concerns that you have about your pregnancy.
Kegels is a form of exercise and meditation that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles that support your bladder, uterus, and bowels. This simple exercise can make delivery easier and prevents problems with incontinence. Plus, you can practice keels in your car, while sitting at your desk or even when you are standing in line at the grocery.
Here is how to do it right:
- Practice squeezing as if you are stopping the flow of urine when you are in the bathroom.
- Hold it for three seconds then relax for three seconds again.
- Repeat the first two steps 10 times.
Track Your Weight Gain
We all know that you are eating for two. However, packing too many extra pounds may be hard to lose later. At the same time, gaining too much weight can put your baby at risk for low-weight birth, a major cause of a baby’s developmental problems.
Recharge by Eating Fruits
A lot of doctors will tell you to limit your caffeine intake during pregnancy since it can have harmful effects on you and your baby. Cutting back on caffeine can be tough, especially if you are used to drinking a cup of Joe in the morning.
For a quick pick-me-up, try eating some fruits. The natural sugars in bananas and apples can help lift your energy levels.
Being pregnant is a blessing, especially if you have waited for it for a very long time. Make sure that you and your baby are both safe during the entire nine months process of pregnancy.