Finally, the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyn and after undergoing a battery of tests and the doctor confirmed that you are pregnant. This is wonderful news!
Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. However, it can also pose innumerable health risks to the woman and to the baby, as well. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is downright required.
Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and herself:
1. Eat well, conceive well – It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food should be the goal.
2. Supplement your wellness – A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy veggies, when taken 400 mcg daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects.
3. Away with your vices – It can be difficult for you to quit smoking and/or indulging in frequent alcohol consumption. Now is high time for you to rethink your actions. The nicotine from cigarettes and alcohol from the alcoholic beverages you consume can harm your growing baby. Usually, babies from mothers that have been smoking are born with low average birth weight, are prone to be born prematurely, and may die from sudden infant death syndrome compared to babies of non-smoking moms. Caffeine is one substance that should be avoided, too. So, say ta-ta to your espressos and brewed fraps for your baby’s sake.
4. Precautions – Even before pregnancy, it won’t hurt to get prenatal care. Making sure that you are immune to certain diseases that might affect your pregnancy counts a lot. An example of these diseases that a pregnant woman should be cautious of is rubella or German measles. Knowing your blood type will also help you prepare for any medical condition that you might encounter during pregnancy.
5. Exercise properly for you and your baby – Exercising is one good way to help keep a pregnant woman fit, as well as her baby. However, there are certain conditions that ob-gyn’s need to approve before a pregnant woman can do any exercise. One of the important forms of exercise that can be done during pregnancy includes those that help improve the muscles’ endurance. Stretching can help a lot, too. But all of these activities should be done with an ample amount of precaution, of course.
If you desire to have a healthy pregnancy, you have to have a healthy lifestyle. Good luck to you and your baby!
Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…