Are you in your first trimester or planning to get pregnant? Safety and nutrition are two important aspects of a healthy pregnancy. These nine months, you need to take good care of yourself throughout so that a healthy baby arrives in your life. We keep our fingers crossed and expectations high with a lot of hopes in our eyes when we become parents. You will be having many plans for your child. If you are thinking of a boy baby and want to honor your faith as well, the latest Hindu boy names of babies will help your cute little one stand out from the crowd.
You are well-aware of the basic pregnancy advice like avoiding active and passive smoking or drinking alcohol etc. A few more tips are enlisted below.
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- Vitamin supplements
Prenatal vitamins are beneficial even when you are still trying to conceive. You can consult a doctor and get them through a prescription. Essential nutrients like calcium, iron, folic acid, etc. are vital for the baby’s growth of the nervous system which starts during the first month of pregnancy.
General health requires the following:
- Reduce stress
- Boost your mood
- Control your body weight
- Improved circulation
- Better sleep
So staying active during pregnancy is crucial to fulfill all the above requirements. 20 minutes of walking at a moderate rate are necessary. Walk-in a cool shady area or inside your house will not overheat you.
You can also opt for pregnancy exercise classes. Yoga, swimming, pilates are equally good for pregnant women. But before starting anything, consulting your gynecologist is mandatory.
You can also practice kegel exercises which help to strengthen your pelvic muscles that give support to your bladder, bowel, and uterus. If done correctly, this exercise will help in the smooth delivery of your baby.
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- Eat healthy food
You should eat five-six well-balanced meals in a day. Try to have folate-rich food such as cereals, lentils, green leafy vegetables, oranges, eggs, beetroot etc. as much as you can. This will help in babies overall health and development.
- Aim in drinking more water
You should drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. During pregnancy, the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your baby through the placenta and brings carbon dioxide and waste back, thus increasing the blood volume. So you need to drink extra water for these activities.
Drinking more water also helps in preventing constipation, UTI, headache, fatigue, swelling and other pregnancy-related complications.
- Add fruits to your diet
Fruits like apples and bananas increase your energy levels in minutes because of the presence of natural sugars in it. You can nibble it in between meals or whenever you want to have a quick munch.
- Eat fish
Fish contains a high amount of omega 3s that are significant nutrients for the brain development of babies during pregnancies. During a study, researchers have found that children whose mothers ate fish during pregnancy had more IQ and better motor and communication skills than those whose mothers did not eat fish. It is safe to eat 340 grams of fish every week.
- Knowledge gain
If you are being ignorant about childbirth or infant care, that will only make you nervous about the upcoming scenarios. So educate yourself by asking questions or attending a pregnancy class will also help. Talk to your doctor regarding your earlier pregnancies or family’s medical histories.
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- Avoid some daily work
When you are pregnant, few day-to-day activities are risky and you should avoid doing those.
- Climbing on stairs or ladders.
- Lifting heavy objects or bags.
- Cleaning pet cat’s litter.
- Bathroom cleaning using harsh chemicals.
- Standing long hours in the kitchen or near a hot stove.
Try to avoid totally the above household works. Also, try to avoid cleaning the garden area where cats roam and clean your hands properly after touching raw meat.
- Stay clean
It is always recommended to stay clean during your pregnancy days. So try to wash your hands frequently so that you can avoid infections like chickenpox, Group B streptococcus, Fifth disease, and cytomegalovirus. Ethyl alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used on those times when you can’t reach to a sink.
- Learn when to call the doctor
If you are pregnant for the first time, there will be a lot of confusion, especially when to call your doctor. If the following symptoms occur, immediately call your doctor.
- The pain of any kind
- Strong cramps
- Contractions at 20-minute intervals
- Heart palpitations
- Decreased activity by the baby
- Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid (also called water break)
- Dizziness or fainting
- The feeling of breathless or shortness of breath
- Constant nausea and vomiting
- Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)
- Pamper yourself
You are going to busy after your child’s birth. So try to treat yourself now. Plan lunchtime manicure or spend time with friends or simply take a lonely walk around the park. Also, remember to take 8 hours of sleep every night. Sometimes saying yes to your pregnancy cravings.
Try to be happy and relax throughout your gestation period. Stay healthy and deliver a healthy baby.