Being pregnant can be a rich and rewarding time in any woman’s life – and it’s also important to understand that everything you do can affect your growing baby.
Below, I take a look at some highly recommended tips to help you stay well and develop a healthy and positive pregnancy.
Tip 1. Check In With Your Obstetrician
If you are trying to become pregnant, a trip to your obstetrician is essential in ensuring good health. He or she will be able to check that you have been properly vaccinated, issue you with various prenatal vitamins to aid the growth of your baby and give you any further advice on what to do to maintain or improve your health.
Tip 2. Eat Well
Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy during pregnancy. Lots of fruits and vegetables are great for staying healthy and other foods like proteins and dairy products can help boost your baby’s health as well. Staying hydrated and drinking lots of water is essential, too.
Tip 3. Avoid Harmful Foods
Your doctor will run through what type of foods you can/can’t eat during pregnancy, but common foods and drinks that can harm your baby include: alcohol, caffeine, raw or undercooked foods, processed or cold meats, soft cheeses and soft serve ice creams. You should also try to avoid unnatural fats and sugars as much as possible.
Tip 3. Exercise Accordingly
Exercising regularly (e.g. 30 minutes per day) is a great way to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy, and it can also help reduce your risk of miscarriage and other complications. Exercising also helps strengthen your body overall, which can help relieve aches and pains and also reduce long labours and complicated births.
Check in with your doctor, however, before you begin any exercise routines.
Tip 4. Be Wary of Medicines
You should also be wary of taking any common or over-the-counter medicines and pills while pregnant. While these might be seemingly harmful, simple medicines (like headache tablets) can pass into the placenta and affect your baby’s health and development. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, speak to your doctor about what medications you can and can’t take.
Tip 5. Don’t Smoke or Drink
Both smoking and drinking can have very harmful effects on your unborn child, and can lead to complications that can cause miscarriages, premature births, low-weight births, growth defects and other problems both during pregnancy and after your baby is born.
Tip 6. Learn As Much As You Can
If you’re nervous about pregnancy or childbirth, learning and understanding as much as you can about your body and baby can help alleviate some of your anxiety. You might want to pick up a fun pregnancy book, schedule a meeting with your doctor or attend a birthing class to help you prepare for the big day.
Tip 7. Keep a Baby Journal
Monitoring your own changes and cycles in a baby journal or diary can also be a great way to stay positive and emotionally healthy, and track the development of your growing baby. You can also write down any physical changes you are going through yourself, and these can make great records if you need to discuss anything with your doctor.
At the end of the day, once your baby has arrived, your journal can become a great keepsake, too!
Tip 8. Get Lots of Rest
Pregnancy can bring on tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, so getting as much rest as your body needs, even throughout the day, is recommended. Naps can help you stay healthy, positive and energised and they can also help relieve frustration, pain and stress.
Tip 9. See Your Dentist
A visit to your dentist before you fall pregnant and/or in the first trimester of your pregnancy is highly recommended to ensure good teeth and mouth health. Infections like gum disease and periodontal disease can lead to development problems for your baby and can even increase their risk of tooth decay later in life, so dealing with these issues as soon as possible is necessary.
Tip 10. Make Time For Yourself
Pregnancy can be very challenging at times, so it’s important to make time for yourself whenever possible. ‘You’ time can ease stress, anxiety and even mood swings and is also essential in ensuring you stay emotionally and psychologically positive and happy. As important as it is to look after your body and your baby, make sure you look after your own mental health, too.
As an expert gynaecologist and obstetrician, I can help you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, and ensure your birth and post-natal experiences are exceptional.
To learn more, arrange to see me today on 02 9680 9669 or email [email protected].