Knowing that you are pregnant is the first of many steps in a fulfilling journey to bring a life into this world. Now more than ever, you need to take care of yourself to provide a conducive environment for your growing body. This is the time to reduce, if not eliminate all stressors, bad habits and all other things that may affect your peace of mind and your baby’s wellbeing.
If you are looking for ways to improve your health, here is a reliable list:
Obtain early prenatal care
The best thing to do after confirming that you are pregnant is to schedule your first meeting with your ob-gyn or family doctor. They will run tests for conditions that may be a cause for alarm and give you any advice concerning any meds you are taking and management of preexisting conditions like asthma or hypertension.
Take your vitamins
If you are a beginner in this department, you are probably asking what are prenatal vitamins. Vitamins are compounds that your body needs to run efficiently, but cannot make for itself. Prenatal vitamins are specially designed, with the advice of doctors and dieticians to suit the increased nutritional needs of expectant women. For optimum function, they should be taken before conception and during pregnancy. They are not a substitute for a natural, balanced diet, but they cater for the difference created by the high demand for micronutrients. Be sure to consult a dietician or ob-gyn for advice on the best composition, otherwise obtain some over the counter with folic acid, iodine, iron, calcium, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, and Vitamin D.
Watch your diet
You may have started feeling cravings, nausea and other discomfort associated with pregnancy but diet is a crucial factor in keeping you healthy. You may be eating for two, or three, but you may only need an extra 300-500 calories. Be sure to meet your calcium requirements from your diet. For some women, obtaining it from supplements may be hard, yet you need it to prevent your baby from depleting your bone density. Also, take at least 70g of protein a day.
Exercise during pregnancy is essential and refreshing. By moving around, you increase circulation to your legs, strengthen your bones and joints, and prep you for the stress of labor. Exercise will also stimulate of feel-good endorphins to reduce stress and help you get back into shape much faster. However, be sure to get advice from a trained instructor to avoid overexertion.
Rest is key
Pregnancy is a great time to delegate some of your duties. The exhaustion you are experiencing is perfectly normal, and a sign that you need to slow down. Try some shut-eye; if you cannot sleep during the day, some relaxation techniques like yoga or massages will work perfectly.
In addition to your body’s health, you also need to stay in a safe environment and adjust your routine accordingly. Be careful with solvents, pesticides, radiation and some biological agents. All these pose a serious hazard to your baby and are to be avoided at all costs.