Pregnancy â€“ Tips for a Healthy Baby
Being pregnant is a wonderful, exciting and sometimes stressful time. Carrying a child to term is not something that you can afford to make mistakes with. You need to be so careful to take the best care of yourself during this time, as healthy mum = healthy bub. There are many different things that people choose to do while pregnant, some are common, some not so much.
Make sure that you’re organized from word go. The 9 months will fly by and before you know it you’ll be giving birth in 2 weeks and you’ll have nothing prepared!! The first step is to choose your doctor. Building up a good rapport with the doctor will make giving birth much easier, as they will have been there through your entire pregnancy, therefore making you as comfortable as possible!
Eating properly is probably one of the most important things to do while pregnant. You must make sure that you are getting enough food and nutrition, as if you aren’t, neither is your baby!! On average, you should consume around 300 calories per day to ensure your bub is getting enough. This doesn’t mean that you can dive into the chips and chocolate though. You should try to eat as much nutritious food as possible. Lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables are important parts of this diet. It’s also important to eat as many different things as possible, to make sure that you are getting all the nutrients that you and your bub need. Ensure you’re getting enough fibre, iron, calcium and all the other important vitamins and minerals.
Another good thing to do is to take supplements. There are many vitamins that can help you out, but at the same time you must remember that you can’t just take the vitamins, they are there to boost your vitamin levels, not to be taken instead of. A good multivitamin, such as Women’s Multi Plus Grapeseed 12000 (Herbs of Gold) is the way to go, as they include many important vitamins such as Calcium, Iron and Folic Acid which aids in your baby’s development. It is also important to eat and drink foods with these vitamins in them, as well as taking the multi vitamins. Another great one is Blackmores I-Folic, which contains iodine and folic acid. These two nutrients increase brain development, visual skills and decrease the likeliness of birth defects.
Please also remember to drink plenty of fluids, mostly water, as a woman who is pregnant has an increased blood volume as the baby gets the nutrients through their mum’s blood.
Exercising while pregnant can help with many different things including weight gain, helps to improve sleep and to make your recovery time shorter. It’s recommended that you undertake at least 2 and a half hours each week of moderate exercise. It’s not recommended to take part in any contact sports or anything that will put you in any danger at all, for obvious reasons.
Make sure that you get plenty of sleep. Being tired is not something that you want to be whilst pregnant. As you get bigger, you’ll find it harder and harder to get comfortable. It’s normally found that sleeping on your side is most comfortable, and is also best for you as it lessens the pressure on your major veins, and also reduces swelling.
Pregnancy can be a very stressful time, and you should do as much as you can to reduce this stress. Your body is already under the pressure of growing a little human, and doesn’t need more to deal with. Make sure that you do things that are important to you, have your own time, see your girlfriends, and try to avoid things that make you really stressed. It might also help to once again be taking those multivitamins, as many of them include stress reducing nutrients.
There are things that you should try hard to avoid whilst pregnant. Some are obvious, such as alcohol, drugs, smoking, and caffeine. Some are not so obvious, like certain foods, cleaning out the cat’s litter tray and certain medicines. Foods to be avoided whilst pregnant include raw meats, certain fish and processed meats. These foods can have a negative affect on your baby’s growth, and can severe brain damage, amongst other things.
Make sure that you are in a hygienic environment. Everything should be clean and devoid of as many germs as possible (especially your food!) Also be wary of anything with chemicals in it. If you are very concerned, you might want to look into changing your cleaning products to natural ones, to make sure that you aren’t breathing in any toxins that could be damaging to you or your new baby.
There are many different supplements you can take before during and after pregnancy, many of which you can source from Vitamin Warehouse. Some of the popular ones include Blackmores Folate, which is mainly made up of folic acid, which reduces risk of spina bifida and helps the baby to develop normal blood cells.
Another popular supplement is Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast Feeding Gold, which is a good one to take both during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding, as it contains 17 nutrients that are essential for both the baby and mum’s wellbeing! This one should be taken alone however (meaning without taking any other supplements at the same time), and always make sure that you seek your doctor’s advice before taking any supplements while you are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnancy is an exciting time for everyone involved. The main things to make sure of is that you are getting enough nutrients, that you or the baby aren’t in any danger of damaging environments or chemicals, and most importantly, that you are looking after yourself! You must always remember that while ever you are healthy, it’s likely that you are growing a healthy baby! Exercise, eat right and most of all enjoy this special time in a woman’s life!