Many people understand very little about pregnancies and how to take care of the same. Although most pregnant women, (especially pregnant teens) seek asylum from persons who have a child or two thinking they will get all the care needed during the pregnancy period. Although this could be a good decision, it is always best of you seek prenatal help from a qualified physician or doctor. Discussed below are some general tips on how to care for your pregnancy.
1. Seek prenatal assistance and help
This should be the first step you take once sure of being pregnant. Having the pregnancy checked early in advance helps reduce chances of having a problematic pregnancy in days to come. You should therefore contact or see a doctor for prenatal screening, ultrasounds and advise on how to care for your unborn baby. Prenatal services are available in almost all medical clinics worldwide hence shouldnt be hard to find an appropriate clinic to use.
2. Proper Diet
The key to a safe pregnancy is eating well balanced diet. You need to be keen on everything you take or drink. Strive to eat meals prepared from home that are nutritional and balanced. A balanced meal should comprise of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and fats. You can get proteins from legumes, milk, eggs, lean meat and nuts. Carbohydrates can be supplemented through bread and cereal products. Minerals and essential fats can be obtained from green leafy vegetables (especially kales and spinach) and fruits. Eating well not only assures you of good health, but also supplements food needed for the fetus growth.
3. Mineral and vitamin supplements
The embryo growing inside you needs a good deal of vitamins and minerals for proper cell growth and bone formation. This is the reason why your prenatal doctor should be able to prescribe or even administer essential supplements needed. Mineral supplements such as calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium are essential for the babys cell and bone formation. Any deficiency in these minerals makes your body weak and may also lead to excruciating toothaches and migraines. Vitamin supplements are also essential during a pregnancy. Vitamin D for example is needed for the babys bone healthy. Other supplements may include folic acid and omega 3 fatty acids needed for healthy brain cells.
4. Body exercise
Body exercise is very beneficial to a pregnant mother. This is because it helps build strength and endurance needed during the gestation period especially from the extra weight building up. Most pregnant women have one thing in common, mood swings. These can be controlled through regular body exercise which boosts ones spirits and keeps the mums body in shape. The baby too benefits from regular body exercise. Realistic and recommended body exercise for pregnant moms include brisk walking, swimming and yoga. You can also jog early in the morning during the first trimester through pregnancy.
5. Change your lifestyle for the better
If you do smoke or take alcohol, consider quitting the habit for your babys good. These habits do affect the babys normal growth and should be avoided at all costs. Any other over the counter drugs, tattoos or even dangerous activities need to be avoided until and after the child is born if possible. Although coffee and tea may be mild stimulus, taking too much of these may be harmful to your bay too. It is therefore recommended that a mum-to-be should only take 2 mugs of tea for her own safety and the babys health too.
6. Take as many fruits as possible
Fruits are highly beneficial as they contain vitamins, some minerals and anti-oxidants that help keep our body cells rejuvenated. Toxins and other toxic materials may build up during the pregnancy period, and this tends to overwork ones liver and kidney. Fruits however ease the work as antioxidants contained in the same flush away these toxins hence creating a serene cell environment. Fruits also supplement the body with liquids needed for you, and the babys well-being. Some people experience frequent heartburn during pregnancy. To counter this feeling, consider taking alkaline based fruits in every sitting. Alkaline fruits include watermelons, apples and grapes.
7. Get enough rest
You should grab enough rest especially during the final trimester of your pregnancy. Most people have difficulties sleeping at night (due to the extra weight), which is the reason why you should take a nap during the day whenever you feel sleepy. You should also fore-go any strenuous activities at this point and focus on relaxing.
8. Avoid stressing moments
Stress isnt good for any pregnant mother and should be avoided. You should find a way to avoid stressing moments by either walking outside, taking a nap or watching a favorite TV program. Swimming is another good way of eliminating stress and also induces your body to enough body exercise which keeps you fit.
The people around you should understand your condition and give you an ample time throughout the pregnancy period. They should give you all physical and emotional support to keep you rejuvenated and stress free at all time. If it is a husband, he should provide for everything you need, provide emotional support as well as keep you occupied. As long as you can abide to the tips discussed above among others given by your doctor, you should be good to go and have a smooth pregnancy period. The only thing you need to worry about is eating well, keep your blood sugar high by eating frequently, and avoid fast foods by all means. This will help you have a natural birth instead of a caesarean delivery.