Pregnancy is often a time of joy and excitement; yet with so much information to consider, moms-to-be can feel very overwhelmed! Use these tips to stay calm and healthy throughout your pregnancy. Always remember to stay rested!
Take Care of Yourself More Than you’ve ever had Before
It’s vital to start taking prenatal vitamins, with folic acid. Your baby’s neural cord turns into the brain and spinal cord developing quickly in the first month of your pregnancy.
Vitamins are essential from day one, to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. Try to stay away from second-hand smoke and don’t drink alcohol. Focus on resting as much as possible, because you will need it!
What to Avoid Eating, Drinking or Doing when you are Pregnant
There aren’t too many hard rules about what to not do during your pregnancy, beyond abstaining from alcohol and drugs, of course. But because the health of your growing baby is essential, here are some DO NOT’s:
- Don’t eat raw meat, shellfish, deli meat, smoked seafood, raw eggs and soft cheeses.
- Don’t overdo it on the caffeine.
- Don’t take certain medications. Always speak to your doctor prior to taking any medications or even health supplements.
- Don’t change the kitty litter. Cat feces can carry toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease.
- Don’t hang in the hot tub or sauna. Elevated body temperature during the first trimester can lead to certain birth defects.
- Don’t paint the nursery. Paint toxicity is something you shouldn’t be around.
Get Plenty of Exercise. But don’t overdo it.
Exercise is a great way to help reduce stress, control weight, help circulation and keep your mood stable. Thirty (30) minutes a day will make all the difference. Not to mention, it would help you sleep better and longer. Swimming or even taking a walk outside is highly recommended.
We all get different cravings, whether it may be fruits’ and veggies or a McDonald’s Big Mac.
Start off by trying to drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day. Also, try eating foods that are richened with folate. These foods include cereals, lentils, oranges, asparagus and more. Folic acids create red blood cells and are extremely important in the development of your baby’s neural tube.
Last and Most Important Tip: Know When to Call your Doctor.
Don’t ever be afraid to reach out and call your doctor or nurse when you have any questions or any pain whatsoever. A few reasons to call your doctor would be:
- Strong cramps
- Vaginal bleeding
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and vomiting
- Leaking fluid
- Baby not moving or showing activity
Congratulations! Enjoy the unique pregnancy experience. Take care of yourself more than you’ve ever had before. You have to remember that you are carrying a precious part of your family!
Written by: Melissa Ureten