So you and your husband have decided that the love you feel for each other is so great that it’s time to use that love to create another human being. And so, on that beautiful day, you started your family.
Once you have made that decision, or even if that decision was bypassed because it was a surprise pregnancy, there are many things that you can start to do to help you through your pregnancy. Websites like Nutricia Careline are full of useful information for expectant mothers.
Continue reading to learn more about some of the habits that you can implement today that will help you with your pregnancy in the long run.
Take The Right Vitamins
Take a folic acid supplement every day. This is an amazing vitamin that prevents many birth defects such as Spina Bifida which affects your baby’s spinal cord. Broccoli, kidney beans, oranges, and spinach are rich in folic acid. If it’s a bit difficult to eat these foods due to morning sickness, a supplement will contain enough folic acid for your baby.
Eat Right And Avoid Certain Foods
Try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and foods that are low in saturated fat. When you look at your plate, make sure there are lots of colors on it. You shouldn’t eat sushi, liver, rare meats, soft cheeses, unpasteurized milk or raw eggs as these could cause food poisoning.
Drink Plenty Of Water
When you are pregnant, you need more water. Ten or more glasses of water or two and a half liters per day should be sufficient for you and your baby. By drinking water, you help maintain the balance of your body’s fluids. Water also aids in digestion, in the transportation of nutrients, circulation and it maintains body temperature.
See Your Doctor As Prescribed
Your doctor is there to help you with the physical and emotional aspects of your pregnancy. He/she will be able to see if there are any complications physically and it’s up to you to tell him/her if you are going through an emotionally tough time. They are there to help.
Don’t Smoke Or Drink And Get Enough Sleep
Remember, what you inhale or drink, your baby gets too. Therefore you should not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. You and your baby need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. When you sleep, one of the many benefits is that your heart and blood vessels are healed and repaired. Sleep also removes toxins from the brain and reduces stress, which in turn helps to improve your mood.
Daily exercise will strengthen your muscles and minimize the aches that can be experienced during pregnancy. Light, low-impact exercise like swimming will strengthen your abs. Walking will improve your circulation. Stretching will ease back pain. Ask your doctor what exercise you can and cannot do.
Ask For Help And Laugh More
Reducing stress is vital when you are pregnant. If you are feeling alone, reach out and speak to someone. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to your husband or a friend or a counsellor. There are people that can help you. You don’t have to sit in that darkness alone.
Watch a movie that makes you laugh or read a book that always cracks you up because laughter increases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals and decreases stress hormones. It also increases immune cells, making you stronger to fight off disease.
At The End Of The Day
Creating a brand new human being is a huge milestone in your life and it can seem daunting. Create a place where you can sit and relax and have some time to yourself every day. Put your feet up and daydream about the future with your baby. Don’t be afraid to ask your husband to help you out when you need it. After all, he had had a part to play in getting you pregnant too.