Pregnancy is a significant period for you and your unborn baby. It can also be exciting for you, especially if it's your first time. Taking proper care of your health, regular antenatal visits and a supportive partner are all things that would aid the pregnancy process.
However, there are certain practices you should imbibe every day on your pregnancy journey. In this article, we examine these practices.
You should do these things every day for the health and well-being of you and your baby.
Multivitamins are dietary supplements that are a combination of vitamins, dietary minerals, and other necessary nutrients. Good nutrition during pregnancy is essential for the growth and development of your baby. Consuming multivitamins aim to fill whatever gap your natural food sources are not providing. During pregnancy, you need more nutrients, like protein, folic acid, iodine, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin C, and other vitamins.
Multivitamins also help in preventing birth defects. Your doctor will recommend a good multivitamin for you. If your doctor has done that already, try and take your daily dose without fail.
Fruits and vegetables are a healthy source of nutrients for a pregnant woman. They are also a great way to curb sugar cravings and boost vitamin intake for you and the growing fetus. Aside from that, fruits also help prevent constipation, a common symptom in pregnancy. The idea is to rotate the fruits and devise creative ways to enjoy them. You could eat them whole, or as part of a fruit salad.
Pregnancy changes not just your body but your hormones as well. It may even affect the quantity and quality of sleep you get as sleeping may become difficult, especially in the latter months of pregnancy. Sleep is necessary for any pregnant woman, and scientists recommend that pregnant women sleep 7-9 hours.
To get good sleep during pregnancy, you could try using a maternity pillow or get a massage before sleeping.
During pregnancy, your blood transports essential nutrients to your baby through the placenta. It also carries waste and carbon dioxide away from the uterus. This increase in activity increases your blood volume by up to 50%. That's why you need to drink more water.
Aside from this, drinking more water prevents constipation, hemorrhoids, fatigue, swelling, UTIs, and other pregnancy symptoms. Doctors recommend you drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. You could keep a calibrated water flask on you to motivate drinking. You could squeeze a few drops of lime into your water to enjoy the taste.
Pregnant women should be physically active throughout the months of their pregnancy. Regular exercise(physical activity) helps you and your baby gain an appropriate amount of weight. It also reduces backaches, leg cramps and eliminates bloating. However, talk to your doctor before you engage in any strenuous exercise or workouts.
A great way to engage in daily exercise is to go for a daily 20-30 minutes walk. Get up and move around while watching TV or working on a computer. If possible, create a plan of activities to engage in while you're pregnant.
If you notice anything abnormal, do not hesitate to contact a doctor! At HealthAid, our doctors are readily available on demand.
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