When you are thinking about getting pregnant or maybe you already are, you probably know some of the basics about taking care of yourself and the baby. You cannot smoke, drink. You must get enough rest. But obviously, you must know much more. Here are some information you might need during pregnancy.
Even if you are just trying to get pregnant, it is smart to take prenatal vitamins. Your baby's neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it is important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
You must stay active if you want your baby and you to be healthy. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood and help you sleep better. Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are all great activities for most pregnant women. It would be great if you would find 30 minutes per day for exercising. Listen to your body, though, do not overdo it.
Just because this is not your first baby, attending a child birth class still would help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about child birth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.
Change Up Chores
Simple everyday tasks like cleaning up after pets can become risky when you are pregnant. Exposure to toxic chemicals, lifting heavy objects, or coming in contact with bacteria can harm you and your baby. Here are some things to take off your to-do list:
- Heavy lifting
- Climbing on stepstools or ladders
- Changing kitty litter
- Using chemicals
- Standing for long periods of time, especially near a hot stove
Track Your Weight Gain
Everyone knows you are eating for two. But packing on too many extra pounds may make them hard to lose later. At the same time, not gaining enough weight can put the baby at risk for a low-weight birth, a major cause of developmental problems.
Go Shoe Shopping
A perfect excuse to buy shoes! When your bump grows, so might your feet or at least they may feel like they are. That’s because your natural weight gain throws off your center of gravity and puts extra pressure on your tootsies. To prevent any problems, wear comfy shoes with good support. Many expectant moms find they need a larger shoe size even after they give birth, so go a step up if you need to.
Rethink Your Spa Style
Pregnancy is definitely a time for pleasures, but you need to be careful. Avoid saunas, hot tubs. Also, certain essential oils can cause uterine contractions, especially during the first and second trimester, so check with your massage therapist to make sure only safe ones are being used.
Recharge with Fruit
It is recommended to limit caffeine during pregnancy, since it can have harmful effects on you and the baby. Cutting back might be tough. Try nibbling on some fruit. The natural sugars in fruits like bananas and apples can help you’re your energy levels.
Fish is high in omega 3s, a nutrient critical to brain development. But there is just one catch - some kinds of fish contain mercury, which can be toxic to both babies and adults. Stick with canned light tuna, shrimp, salmon, or catfish. Avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish, which are all high in mercury.
Say Yes to Cravings
Truth is that no one knows why cravings happen. Some experts say they may be nature's way of providing nutrients an expectant mom may be lacking. Others say they are an emotional thing. Just be careful to limit portions, do not down all that ice cream at once! Also, a few foods should be avoided, like raw and undercooked meat or eggs, brie, feta, and other types of unpasteurized cheese, herbal tea and raw sprouts.
You may think you are busy now, but once the baby will be born, you will have even less time for yourself. Treating yourself to a lunchtime manicure, spending night out with the girls or just simply taking a quiet walk can help you relax and that is good for both, you and the baby.