Every woman hopes that her pregnancy will be a happy and healthy one. Surprisingly, there are some basic steps that some women aren’t necessarily aware of that can dramatically increase the odds that the pregnancy will be both happy and healthy. While there are literally hundreds of pregnancy tips online and in various books, here are some of the most important in terms of having a healthy pregnancy:
- Learn everything you can. Learn about how your body is changing and how it’s going to change. Learn how your baby will grow. Talk to other moms about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and even those first few weeks of life. Keep current with pregnancy blogs like this one. Attend a pregnancy and childbirth class, and watch videos to learn about what exactly you should expect.
- Make some important decisions regarding health care. Decide whether you want to give birth at home or in a medical facility. Pick a doctor that will help you with giving birth where you choose, and who will be patient and answer any questions you might have along the way.
- Watch your diet. You’re eating for two (nutritionally, not in terms of calories). Get the recommended amounts of protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products. Take your prenatal vitamin, and make sure it’s one with folic acid. Get at least six to 10 glasses of water each day.
- Keep active. You can continue most exercise routines you were engaged in before pregnancy, but always talk to your doctor first. If you didn’t exercise regularly, consider adding a regimen of yoga, swimming or walking.
- Get rid of bad habits. Tobacco, alcohol and drugs can all harm you and your baby during pregnancy. Pay careful attention to medications you’re taking, even over the counter medications. Talk to your health care provider about the safety of the various medications you’re taking.
- Minimize your stress. This is often easier said than done, of course. Get your exercise, and learn stress management techniques like deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
So, what about you? What tips would you add for a healthy pregnancy?
- Before You Conceive: 17 Tips for a Healthier Pregnancy (babyzone.com)
- 10 Childbirth Facts | Babble (babble.com)