Being pregnant is a stressful time period, but it could well be turned into the most blissful time of your life. It’s one of the happiest episodes to go through in one’s own life. It’s the start of a new chapter, a new story. Remember also that you could never have a better reason an to take good care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. Here are a few things that might help you gear up for a problem-free pregnancy as well as a healthy baby.
- Eat Well
You should aim to eat a healthy well balanced dietwhenever you can. Try having at least five portions of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Your diet should include plenty of carbohydrates such as pasta, bread and rice. Do opt for daily servings of proteins such as fish, meat, eggs, nuts as well as pulses along with milk and dairy foods. Try having two portions of fish in a week, out of which at least one should be oily. Fish is packed with minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D and proteins. Omega – 3 fatty acids are important for the development of your baby’s nervous system.
Take a supplement
Pregnancy vitamin supplementsaren’t a substitute for a balanced diet. But they can help if you’re worried that you are not eating well, or you are too sick to eat much. Make sure your supplement contains 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid. You need this while you are trying for a baby and for the first three months of pregnancy. Taking folic acid reduces the risk of your baby developing a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. Also, check that your supplement contains 10mcg of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for your baby’s future bone health.
Kick harmful habits
Reduce your coffee intake and stop drinking alcohol. On the other hand, if you have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, smoking, or if you are taking medication, ask a health professional how to stop without compromising the health of the fetus. Don’t wait! Substance abuse is very bad for you and especially harmful to your baby; the first three months are crucial to the healthy development of the fetus.
Understand and accept your body changes
Your body is changing. Your breasts are bigger, stretch marks have started to appear and you have put on weight around your middle. Accept and enjoy these little joys of motherhood!
Take rest, visit the parlour, take a massage. Listen to your body. Do not over-exert. Gear up your support system and ask for help. Happy mothers have healthier babies!
Also, apart from an obstetrician you’re comfortable with, consider distance from home, hygiene, availability of doctors, medical facilities and pediatric help. Discuss budgets and insurance facilities in advance. Let your partner accompany you to the doctor, discuss baby names and let him feel your baby move. Do not neglect him so that he is more motivated to pamper you! And above all, dress sensibly. Choose loose fitting dresses with low heeled comfortable footwear.