7 ways you can increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy
Expecting a baby is just the beginning of some of life’s most precious moments. It’s so amazing how the pain is forgotten once you see your little angel. The sleepless nights, morning sickness, swollen feet and excessive cravings et al. can sometimes be a pain in the neck but its all worth it in the end.
Pregnancy is not a disease. It’s an amazing experience. It’s even more amazing when you and your baby are perfectly healthy throughout your three trimesters. It is important to note that before you have a healthy baby you need to take good care of yourself as well as your unborn baby. What does it take have a healthy pregnancy?
Here are seven great tips to help you have the best pregnancy
Take prenatal multivitamins
Prenatal multivitamins can go a long way in helping you and you baby as you may not be getting all the necessary vitamins in your diet. They contain many vitamins and minerals that are essential for fetal and maternal growth at every stage of pregnancy. A good prenatal multivitamin constitutes most importantly, folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin D and Iodine which fills up any nutritional void in the mother’s diet.
Maintain a healthy nutrition
Food nourishes the body. Whatever you eat directly affect your baby. Foods such as high mercury-seafood, undercooked meat and raw eggs must be avoided during pregnancy. It is advisable to eat more whole foods as they ensure you’re getting a substantial amount of nutritional contents. They are also void of preservatives and synthetic hormones which are found in most processed foods. Fruits and vegetables must also be incorporated into your diet. They are a great source of minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants which all help in your baby’s development.
Now, exercise is very much needed in our everyday lives and even needed more in pregnant women. Moderate exercise helps alleviate the discomfort, bloating and backpain that comes with pregnancy by strengthening your muscles. Stretches, dancing, yoga, walking and swimming are not strenuous and can be done during pregnancy. Exercise also helps with circulation, thus strengthening the heart.
Drink lots of water
Drink a lot of filtered water during your pregnancy. It helps keep your amniotic fluid at a healthy level. Water also helps with constipation, hemorrhoids(piles) and urinary tract infections (water dilutes your urine, thus decreases the risk of urinary tract infections) that are normally associated with pregnancy. Remember not to drink too hot or too cold water as it can lead to a nauseated feeling.
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Alcohol can cross the blood placenta barrier. What this simply means is when you drink alcohol, it can reach your baby through your blood. It can cause multiple birth defects such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which affects the normal development of your child. There is an increased risk of miscarriages as well. Smoking can be detrimental to the health of the growing fetus. Birth defects such as cleft lip and palate can be caused by smoking. Passive smoking is also known to cause the same defects.
Get enough rest
Ideally, it is necessary to have enough rest during pregnancy as you’re practically sleeping for two. It is advisable to have at least 8 hours of sleep. The best sleeping position is sleeping on the side; the left side especially because the amount of blood and nutrients that reach your placenta and baby is increased. Too much sleeping however, (more than 12 hours) is known to increase the risk of preeclampsia.
Make positive affirmations
It is important to have positive thoughts about your pregnancy. They help you overcome negativity and create new routes in the brain for positive physical and mental changes. You can write them down and recite them daily. They remind you of the beautiful journey you are on. Your thoughts can make your reality.