Well, getting pregnant and childbirth are two of life’s greatest miracles for every woman. If you’re pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you must already know some of the basic pregnancy advice about taking care of yourself and the baby, don’t smoke, don’t drink and so on… And make sure you take this advice into practice because you’re now or will be taking care of two human beings, you and your unborn baby.
The following tips will help you make smart choices in your lifestyle to maintain a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
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1. Start a prenatal health care.
The first thing you must do as soon as you get a positive pregnancy test, schedule your first prenatal appointment. Your OB/GYN or Midwife will give you the necessary information and advice about how to stay healthy while pregnant and some restrictions on what to eat or not and what type of exercises are safe for you during pregnancy.
Your first visit will probably be the longest one because your OB/GYN or midwife would likely screen you for potential medical issues that would affect your baby or you during pregnancy. There will be a lot of questions and answers; feel comfortable sharing with your health care provider any information you think may help your OB/GYN or midwife to provide you with the quality support you need while you’re expecting your baby.
Your midwife or obstetrician will probably give you a package to take home. This package includes goodies about healthy pregnancy. And some information she will discuss with you on your first prenatal visit and other important information, such as prenatal benefits you are eligible for. She may also include information regarding parenting groups in your area that you may benefit from, and the guidelines about healthy food and other services that are available only for expected moms in your city.
2. Make sure you open the package
Do not ignore the package your health care provider will give you during your first visit. You might miss out on some important information. I remember on my second pregnancy; I didn’t know what was inside that mysterious package and I didn’t mind opening it when I got home. After eight months of pregnancy, I came across that package while I was cleaning my room. I opened it and went through the information. Guess what I found? I found I was eligible for pregnancy benefits of $738 dollars.
The payment ends once you give birth. Unfortunately, I was already eight months pregnant and the process to apply for the program sometimes took longer to confirm your eligibility. So, I didn’t get the benefits. My point here is that don’t be like me, you might miss out on something big than what I did. Give yourself a little time from your busy days to open the package as soon as you get home, and read through the information you find inside.
3. Should you hide some questions during your visit?
The answer is no. This is the best time for you to ask any question you may have regarding your health and your baby’s. consult your midwife about anything that’s bothering you. It could be your feelings, body changes, or those weird morning sicknesses. Don’t dare to leave your doctor’s office with the burning questions in your head, or lie to your OB/GYN or midwife about your health concerns because you’re embarrassed.
Believe it or not, doctors are there to help you; therefore, you must be ready to provide them with answers to all the questions they may ask you. Also, it’s best to jot down all the questions you may have beforehand to ask during your appointment. Hide nothing concerning your health, such as medical history, that may be harmful to the baby or yourself during pregnancy.
Telling your OB/GYN or midwife the truth about your health or whether you’re on medication and how many doses you take a day is the key to a healthy baby. And telling them if you have smoking and drinking problems will help them determine what type of treatment will be safe for both you and your baby. Remember, this is you and your baby’s health we’re talking about. Make sure you get all the answers from your health care provider to help you maintain a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
4. Regulate your prenatal visit
Your health care providers will give you the next appointment date and time. Make sure you attend this appointment as well. If you can’t make it to the appointment, call your doctor’s office and ask them to reschedule your appointment 24 hours before. Do not call your OB/GYN or midwife’s office to reschedule your appointment in 1 hour of your appointment time. Of course, doing so is not a crime, but it may present negativities to your health care providers. Regular prenatal visits are very important during any pregnancy. However, the brief office visits may seem mundane, but they can help you and your baby stay healthy.
Remember, your co-operation is very important in this. It will allow your doctor to fully watch every step of your pregnancy and determine if there is any complication that can only be found and solved during your regular visits. Therefore, rescheduling your appointment all the time is not a good idea and may put you and your unborn baby at risk.
5. Take your prenatal vitamin regularly as prescribed
The first few weeks of your pregnancy are very crucial for your baby’s development. Make sure that you take the prenatal vitamins regularly for your baby’s healthy because it takes a lot of vitamins to grow a baby, that’s why prenatal vitamins are important. It gives you extra folic acid, calcium, and iron to help your baby’s brain, teeth, and blood to develop well. Consult your health care provider if you can’t take the prenatal vitamin. Your OB/GYN or midwife will find some alternative ways to serve you well. Or they may give you other types of vitamins.
Also, taking prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant is important because it will help you experience a healthy pregnancy and will reduce some likelihood of neuro tube defects, and reduce the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature and more other pregnancy complications. Although you didn’t take your prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant, you will still have a healthy baby as long as you take them regularly.
6. Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
Of course, pregnant women can eat the same balanced diet as anyone else, but try to get most of your calories from vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Because the drastic changes in your body during pregnancy may make you more vulnerable to food-borne toxins. So, play it safe and avoid foods like raw cookie dough, undercooked meat, and fish that are high in mercury.
Experts suggest that the best source for pregnant women to get all the essential nutrients and minerals is from eating a healthy diet. So maintaining a healthy diet during this amazing journey is important for you and your baby. It will help prevent birth complications and promotes healthy development. It also helps you to get back in shape after delivery. Sometimes, your doctor will assess your individual needs and provide you with a guideline based on your needs.
7. Stay active, but don’t overdo it
Physical activities have many benefits for pregnant women as long as your pregnancy has no complications, such as placenta issues, heart and lung disease, preeclampsia, or any kind of pregnancy complication that may put both you and your baby at risk when doing exercises. Some benefits you may get from physical activities while pregnant are:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce excessive weight gain
- Improves your brain health
- Sleep well at night
- Boost your mood
- Ease constipation
- Increase the amount of oxygen
- Getting your body ready for labour
If you’re healthy, the risks of moderate- activity during pregnancy are very low/ health care providers recommend about 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, such as walking or prenatal exercise classes where you will exercise with supervision.
However, it’s a good idea to discuss your exercise level with your OB/GYN or midwife on your early prenatal visit. Especially if you’re involved in vigorous physical activities, consult your health care provider about the level of exercise activities you do, and they will determine which level is best for you on your individual needs.
8. Losing Weight During Pregnancy
Unless you start early, if you’re overweight prior to getting pregnant, you may want to reduce some weight before you conceive. It will also increase your chances of fertility and reduce the risk for conditions like gestational diabetes. However, it’s less likely for your OB/GYN or midwife to recommend you lose weight during pregnancy. Instead, she might encourage you to focus on getting enough nutrients and exercise to keep yourself and your baby healthy.
Doctors usually work with women who are worried about their weight prior to becoming pregnant. By offering them advice on ways to reduce some weight before in order to prevent possible pregnant complications once they become pregnant.
My advice to you is to be patient and plan your diet after delivering your baby. Avoid too much worrying about your weight gain while you’re pregnant, instead focus on having a healthy baby and your doctor’s recommendation. If you think you’re gaining too much weight too quickly. Start by making minor changes, like cutting back on sugar and salt.
Follow your doctor’s recommendations for prenatal visits and discuss your concerns about weight gain and other issues. A healthy diet and proper medical care will increase your chances for a safe pregnancy and a happy baby.