For most of the women, pregnancy is one of the most exciting and wonderful experiences in life. The following article shares some of the basic dos and don’ts that every mother-to-be should follow, to have a healthy baby.
A pregnant woman has to alter many of her old habits and get accustomed to new ones. Not only her emotions or perceptions change, but also her physique undergoes changes. This is the time when she has to take the best care of her own self, which ultimately reaches the baby in the womb.
A mother-to-be is generally bombarded with many directives; however, it is always better to listen to the doctor’s advice. Before trying anything new, she must consult the gynecologist or midwife to avoid any unwanted event. The first three months are very important, as they greatly affect the overall development of the fetus. Following are some of the dos and don’ts in the first trimester, that apply throughout pregnancy:
- Take all the medications regularly, that are prescribed by your doctor.
- Attend your prenatal checkups regularly.
- Relax and take ample amount of rest frequently.
- Try to engage in doing things you like, and be content with yourself.
- Try to avoid stressful situations at home and at workplace.
- Follow a healthy diet packed with nutrients.
- Consume high-iron foods along with foods high in calcium and folic acid, as they are good for you and the baby.
- Maintain good water intake to avoid dehydration.
- Eat high-fiber foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, in case of constipation.
- Follow light fitness regimen to keep yourself fit. Walking and swimming is ideal; however, it is important to consult your doctor first.
- Try to maintain your body temperature at normal levels.
- Keep the house clean, hygienic, and fresh. It will help keep infections at bay.
- Climb the staircase slowly and carefully. Basically, move around with care.
- Wear loose, comfortable, and clean maternity clothes.
- Keep the use of cosmetics and beauty products to the minimum.
- Take a sound good night sleep everyday.
- Do not neglect any severe and unusual body signals, such as heavy blood flow, vaginal discharge, abdominal cramps, and back pain, etc., as it can be dangerous to you and your baby.
- Do not consume any over-the-counter medicines without consulting your doctor.
- Avoid consumption of decaffeinated drinks such as cold drinks, tea, coffee, etc.
- Avoid stressful situations. Stay away from people who make you feel sad, depressed, or any negative feeling.
- Do not engage in vigorous exercise routines, as they can damage your health.
- Avoid any contact with products that are full of chemicals and toxins such as pesticides, paints, etc.
- Do not smoke and consume alcoholic drinks including wine, as it might increase the risk of some irreversible disorders in your baby.
- Do not stray away from ideal pregnancy diet. Avoid eating junk food that is full of unnecessary fats and sugars.
- At home too, do not eat over spicy and high fat food.
- High temperature can be threatening for the growth of the baby, therefore, avoid sauna, steam and hot baths.
- Avoid consumption of saccharine, sodium, and foods with artificial preservatives.
- Do not overeat just because you are pregnant.
- Do not fall prey to fad diets, which are generally imbalanced and lack overall nutritional value that is important for the healthy growth of the baby.
The aforementioned tips will assist you in keeping both you and your baby healthy, thereby making provision for a safer childbirth.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.