There are always going to be a lot of emotions involved in discovering you’re pregnant. You’ll probably feel all kinds of things, from excitement to fear to confusion. However, no matter how you feel or what you do, the foremost thing on your mind should be working out the best way to have as healthy a pregnancy as possible. If you can do this, you are giving your baby the best chance in life and a great start. Not only that, but it’s good for your health too, as the two of you are inextricably linked. Read on for some tips on how to have a healthier pregnancy.
See Your Doctor
The first thing you’ll need to do is to see your doctor or your specialist OB-GYN if you already have one in place. They will be able to go through all the information you need to know, including the danger signs of pregnancy in first trimester, as this is the most difficult time of any pregnancy.
Once you have registered with a doctor and they have checked you out, you’ll be able to go back for checkups throughout your pregnancy, and you’ll know just where to go if you have any questions. You can book in your scans, which allow you to see the baby’s progress as well as check on their health too, and your fears are sure to be somewhat alleviated when you have this professional help at hand.
Remember that everything you eat, your baby is gaining nutrition from too. They’re not eating in the technical sense, but they are receiving vitamins and minerals – everything they need to develop healthily – through the umbilical cord. This is why expectant mothers must eat well during their entire pregnancy. You should eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruit and vegetables and reduce or even eliminate your intake of certain foods such as caffeine, soft cheese, and uncooked meat.
Yet, although the baby is sure to be the first concern, another benefit of eating well in pregnancy is your own health. Being pregnant is hard, and a lot of your energy will go towards the baby’s development; you’re going to feel tired, and as the pregnancy goes on, the strain of carrying the extra weight will be hard too. So, eating well will mean you will have more energy and feel generally healthier.
Exercising while pregnant is probably the last thing you’ll feel like doing, especially if you suffer from ‘morning sickness’ (which doesn’t only occur in the morning) in the early stages and you can’t move so well later on. However, exercise is a good idea, even if you can only do a little, as it will improve your health and the health of your baby.
If you’re struggling, water exercises can be ideal, and these are actively promoted during the final trimester. Until then, you can find specialist pregnancy exercise classes that will be safe and still do you good. You might have to change the way you currently exercise, but as long as you’re still doing something, that’s a positive thing and will help go towards a healthier pregnancy for both of you.
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