Your health during a pregnancy is one of the most important things. This is because your constitution directly impacts your developing baby, and if you are not in top shape, you can compromise the wellbeing and safety of your unborn child. Many substances in your body pass through the placenta into the umbilical cord and into your baby. Consuming alcohol, smoking cigarettes or taking in medication can all have a very negative impact on the baby. There are many things you can do to help you stay safe during your pregnancy, let’s explore a few of those.
A key important factor is eating a healthy and well-balanced diet and remembering to increase your calorie intake as you are now eating for two. You should aim to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day as well as drink plenty of water or organic fruit juices. Along with this you want to eat starch rich carbohydrates and wholegrain foods. You should also try to choose wholegrain rice or pastas over the typical bleached ones as these are much healthier for you and will give you fiber which is also important during a pregnancy. Choose protein that is healthy, select lean meats, eggs, fish, nuts and beans over high fat meats. When it comes to fish it is recommended to have fish twice a week. Fish have healthy omega-3 fatty acids that are great for the baby’s growth. However, be sure to stay away from the fish that may be high in mercury, there is plenty of information on what fish to avoid available online. If you do not want to eat fish, you can get omega-3s from nuts and leafy green vegetables.
Avoid Certain Foods
It is important to avoid eating too much junk food and drinking too much soda while pregnant. Artificial flavors and colorants are not healthy for you or your developing child. It is also important that you take a supplement that contains folic acid, especially during the first three months. Your doctor can recommend good prenatal vitamin supplements to take that will keep you and your growing baby in the best of health. Don’t forget to exercise as well; this will help you to avoid developing gestational diabetes which is a fairly common complication of pregnancy.
Get Proper Care
One of the most important things to do when you discover that you are pregnant is to sign up for antenatal care. You can make an appointment with your doctor and get a referral, if need be, to specialist care. Be sure to have your regular ultrasounds and tests when they are recommended by your doctor. This way you will avoid and complications along the way, some minor issues can be resolved before they get any worse, or you can at least be prepared for what may be coming. By following these basic, yet important tips you can be sure that you and your baby will have a happy and healthy pregnancy.