14 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

14 Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the most exciting phases of being a woman. The feeling it gives to the mother is a mixture of happiness, thrill, and fear. What makes it fearful is not only the pain that comes with the labour, but also the terror of losing the baby during the pregnancy.

To maximise the baby’s protection, moms should start by keeping themselves healthy. Whatever they do to their body will affect the fetus in the womb. Moreover, they must avoid anything that can cause any harm both to themselves and to their babies inside.

If you are a mom who wants to give the utmost care for her baby, then here are 14 ways that can help you both stay healthy while you are pregnant:

  1. Consult an OB or midwife.

The moment you have confirmed that you are expecting a child, it is advisable that you immediately seek professional assistance. You need to consult a trusted OB who will monitor you and the baby during the entire pregnancy until you give birth. Hiring a midwife will also help you take care of the proper nutrition and other concerns during this period.

  1. Keep yourself hydrated.

You need to stay hydrated always to help maintain your blood pressure at healthy levels. Make sure to have eight glasses of water daily. You can also drink fresh juice, skimmed milk, or fruit teas but avoid soda and alcohol.

  1. Minimise caffeine intake.

Too much caffeine can be harmful because it may cause pregnancy risks like low birth weight and miscarriage. For this reason, it is best to minimise energy drinks, chocolate, cola, tea, and coffee. The best alternatives for your liquid intake are fruit juices and teas, and decaffeinated coffee and tea.

  1. Eat folate-rich diet.

Pregnant women are advised to eat a lot of food that are rich in folic acid for the good development of the baby’s brain. Therefore, see to it that you include folate-rich foods in your diet like lentils oranges, asparagus, and fortified cereals.

  1. Get proper exercise.

Do regular but gentle exercise to help your body adjust its joint strains and posture during your pregnancy. This will also help keep you maintain a healthy weight, especially that pregnant women normally gain weight during pregnancy. Exercise will also help you avoid pregnancy complications like hypertension.

  1. Include fish in your diet.

Fish is rich in omega 3, which is an essential nutrient for brain development. Eating fish will help your baby to have a higher I.Q. and better communication and motor skills. To avoid the kinds of fish with mercury, which is harmful both to your and the baby, you better stick with catfish, salmon, light tuna, pollack, and shrimp.

  1. Get enough rest.

Pregnant women need to get plenty of rest so you better take breaks regularly. You have to sleep early and stay in bed as much as possible to make sure you get enough rest. Moreover, take nap before taking lunch and in the afternoon.

  1. Do not smoke.

Smoking while you are pregnant can have a serious effect on your and your baby’s health. It can cause stillbirth, premature birth, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and low birth weight. For this reason, if you are a smoker, then it is best that you stop this from habit as soon as possible.

  1. Avoid drinking alcohol.

If you are in the first trimester of pregnancy, you are advised to avoid drinking alcohol as it can cause miscarriage. If you are in the third trimester, it can have a negative effect on the brain development of your baby. Also, pregnant women who drink regularly can give birth to her baby with serious learning difficulties or other fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

  1. Practice Kegel.

Kegel exercises are recommended to pregnant women like you to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These are the muscles supporting your back passage, vagina, and bladder. Pregnancy puts more pressure on your pelvic floor causing stress incontinence, which is characterized by urine leak when the pregnant laughs or sneezes.

  1. Wear sun protection.

Your skin is more prone to sun damages like chloasma and sunburn when you are pregnant. For this reason, it is best if you wear sunscreen all day, but make sure your brand does not contain any chemical that can be harmful to you and the baby. You must also wear long-sleeved clothes, sunglasses, and a hat.

  1. Wear comfortable shoes.

As your tummy grows bigger the gain of weight adds pressure on your feet, causing pain and flattening. Many pregnant women get swollen ankles and feet because of the fluids retained in your lower limbs. For this reason, it is necessary that you wear non-restricting and comfortable shoes.

  1. Take prenatal vitamins.

Taking prenatal vitamins can help supply the lacking vitamins and minerals that your body and baby need. However, make sure to consult your OB first before taking any brand. It is best if you only take those that have been officially recommended to you.

  1. Avoid stress.

Pregnant women are prone to depression because of hormonal changes and this can affect the development of the baby inside you. Depressed mothers tend to give birth prematurely or the babies have weaker lungs. To avoid this from happening, avoid getting stressed at all cost.

Be Determined to be Healthy

If you are pregnant, then you are responsible for two lives—yours and the baby’s. This means you need to be extra-careful in how you deal with your body. You also need to surround yourself with people who will support you in this stage, like your partner and family.

In case you have a plan of taking food supplements, you have to ask from your physician too. We also recommend that you adopt the Japanese diet since it is mostly organic and fresh. You can also try the Yuuto food supplements, which are from Japan—but make sure to present them to your OB first.

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ULTIMATE NUTRIENTS FOR REPRODUCTION, MAINTENANCE, GROWTH AND REGULATION OF BODILY PROCESSES*

  • HEALTH SUPPORT*
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  • FEMALE (♀) IMMUNE SUPPORT*
    Helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
  • ENERGY BOOSTER*
    Helps unlock energy from your diet.
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