The Four Steps to a Healthy Pregnancy: November, 2021

Being a mother is one of the happiest times in a woman’s life. It could also become the worst time if a woman does not know how to take care of herself, especially during pregnancy, which is the foundation of the journey into motherhood. However, it does not have to be the worst. Surprisingly, taking care of your pregnancy could prove to be the easiest thing you can do.

Maintain a Healthy Diet: During pregnancy, lose the curiosity of tasting everything you set your eyes on because it could take a toll on your pregnancy. Emphasize eating a balanced diet containing some protein, fiber, and grains too. Not only your health, but the health of your baby too, depends greatly upon the nutrients you introduce in the form of food.

During Pregnancy, it is Advisable To:

  • Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
  • Always stay hydrated
  • Avoid unhealthy foods, such as deep-fried foods and heavy sweets
  • Not smoke or drink alcohol

A proper diet can keep your and your unborn child’s immunity high. On the other hand, alcohol, nicotine, and other drug abuse create a greater risk of having a child with potentially serious complications and a weakened immune system. 

Get Plenty of Exercise: You need plenty of blood flow throughout your body when you are pregnant. Exercise helps us not only increase blood flow but strengthens muscles you and your baby depend on. When it comes to exercise, everyone has their best exercising routines. For instance, some prefer to exercise in the evenings, while others prefer to start their day off with early morning exercise to wake themselves up. Thus, it is vital to individualize exercises. 

Some Pregnancy-Safe Exercises Include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming/Water workouts
  • Riding a stationary bike
  • Yoga
  • Kegel Exercises

Avoid Stress: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of mental health during pregnancy. Everything you experience during your pregnancy is also experienced by your baby. Whether it’s the sounds around you, the air you breathe, the food you eat, or the emotions you feel. When you are happy and calm, your baby is growing in a similarly happy and calm environment. However, when emotions like stress and anxiety affect you, your body releases stress hormones, which can affect your baby’s developing body and brain. Try to remember, you are creating a life in yourself. Do everything you can to provide a happy, calm, and stress-free environment for your developing baby.

Ways to Relieve Stress While Pregnant include:

  • Spend time with your spouse or partner like going on more date nights.
  • Partake in a hobby
  • Find some new creative outlet
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Reach out to a counselor
  • Most importantly, do anything that you love and are happy doing

And If anxiety is a problem, try learning how to meditate or do breathing exercises.

In the end, be mindful of self-care and do what you can to stay happy and motivated whenever you need it most. Find what makes you feel good, supported, and happy, then do it as much as you can with the people you care about and who care about you. 

 Always Communicate with your Doctor

Most importantly, do not forget to always keep in touch with your doctor. Do not be tempted to bury your head in the sand when you note something concerning about your health. It is detrimental to make assumptions when you are pregnant. Remember, during pregnancy, it is better to be safe than to be sorry! Again, everything you experience, your baby experiences as well. That matters more than ever when it comes to health.

Ensure you visit your clinic regularly so that the doctor can check on you, to make sure both you and your baby are doing well. Mark the appointment dates on your phone or wherever you keep your calendar, that way you don’t have to worry about remembering all the details. 

The survival odds of a child lie in the hands of the mother. Anything you can do now to improve your habits will undoubtedly improve your pregnancy and help you to deliver a happy, lovable, bouncing baby. Don’t put yourself or your baby at risk by indulging in careless behavior or by ignoring early warning signs. We hope this will help you and all soon-to-be-parents to become aware of the many ways in which you have control over your pregnancy and the future of your unborn baby!