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Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

If you are thinking of getting a baby or if you are already pregnant, then you probably know about the basic facts of taking care of yourself and the baby. Do not smoke. Do not drink. Get plenty of rest.

Here are more health tips for pregnant women

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy (2)

  • Take prenatal vitamins

The fetus’ neural cord (which later develops into the brain and spinal cord) forms during the first month of pregnancy. At this early stage of your pregnancy, it’s important that you get the essential nutrients for the healthy development of your baby.

Prenatal vitamins are packed with nutrients like iron, calcium, and folic acid which boost growth and development. They are available on prescription and over-the-counter.

  • Stay active

This is the umpteenth time you’re reading about this – exercise. Any mom-to-be MUST take part in regular exercises. This helps you keep your weight in check, boosts your circulation and uplifts your mood plus it helps you sleep better. Walking, yoga, pilates and swimming are all great activities.

Check with your doctor first before you start exercising. Once you have been given the go ahead schedule for at least 30 minutes (per day) of working out. Don’t overdo this though – listen to your body.

  • Include fish in your diet

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy (1)In a study that was conducted in 2007 and which involved about 12 000 children, it was found that youngsters whose mothers ate lots of fish during their pregnancy had better IQ and excellent motor and communication skills. It was better than those whose moms didn’t eat fish.

What does this imply? Well, this means that you to should eat lots of fish. Actually, there is a catch – not all fish. Some fish species contain traces of mercury which can have a detrimental effect. So, stick to shrimp, canned tuna, catfish, pollack or salmon and keep away from swordfish, tilefish, shark, and king mackerel.

  • Practice Kegels

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy (3)Performing kegel exercises strengthens your pelvic floor muscles and if done correctly and consistently, they’ll make your delivery much easier. In addition to this, they prevent incontinence complications which tend to come after delivery. The beauty about them (kegel exercises) is that they can be done anywhere and no one can tell.

Here is how to do it;
* Squeeze your pelvic muscles by simulating how you’d stop the flow of urine when you’re in the bathroom.
* Hold for 3 seconds and relax for another 3 seconds
* Repeat sequence 10 times.

Most physicians would recommend pregnant ladies to lower their caffeine consumption. Cutting back on this can be tough. However, this shouldn’t be the case for you. If the craving soars, nibble on some fruit. These health tips for pregnant lady should safely see you through your pregnancy.

Louise Goff / 23/01/2016 / Women Health