During pregnancy, it is more important than ever before to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. This can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and healthy baby. Here are a few steps to enjoy a healthy pregnancy:
- Get early prenatal care
Good prenatal care is necessary for you to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you visit your gynecologist as soon as you find out you’re pregnant and schedule your first prenatal visit. Your doctor will want to screen you for certain conditions that could lead to complications.
- Take care of your diet
When you’re eating for two, remember to eat wisely. You only need about 300 additional calories per day for a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you eat a lot of protein, as you need 70 grams of it per day. Ensure you also include calcium rich foods in your diet. Avoid undercooked eggs and meat, unpasteurized dairy products and cold meats.
- Prenatal Vitamins
Prenatal supplements contain folic acid and iron that are there in standard multivitamins. It is important to get enough folic acid before conception and early pregnancy. Folic acid reduces the baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Start taking 400 mg of folic acid at least one month before trying to get pregnant. Increase your daily dose to 600 mg once you’re pregnant.
- Get regular exercise
Exercise is very important during pregnancy. It gives you the strength and endurance to carry the weight gain during pregnancy. It will also prevent aches and pains, improve sluggish circulation in your legs, and help you handle the stress of labor. It will also make getting back into shape after your baby’s birth easier. It also helps you reduce stress. However, while exercising, remember not to push yourself too hard or let yourself get dehydrated.
- Get enough Rest
During the first and third trimester of your pregnancy, you are bound to feel a lot of fatigue. This is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and get some rest. Try to take a few naps during the day. While doing household work, try and delegate responsibilities to others. Relaxation techniques like yoga, deep breathing, stretching and massage are good way to relieve stress and get a good sleep.
- See your Dentist
Oral health is very important when you’re pregnant. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make you more susceptible to gum disease. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels can cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria in plaque, which leads to gingivitis. See your dentist for a checkup during pregnancy to avoid these problems.
These are some of the ways to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. In addition to this, try limit your caffeine intake, avoid alcohol and cigarettes, and pay attention to your emotional health. Visit our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more ways to enjoy a comfortable pregnancy.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.