Congratulations on your growing bundle of joy! Many would agree that this is truly an exciting time for first-time parents. You’re probably here wondering how to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy pregnancy to ensure the best start for you and your little one.
Well, you’re in luck! We’ve listed 10 healthy pregnancy tips below. Read on to find out more.
Take prenatal vitamins
It’s important that you’re getting the essential nutrients you need during pregnancy as well as vitamins like folic acid, calcium, and iron. Take these from the beginning of your pregnancy.
This is also good for those who are still trying to conceive! Most are available over the counter so you won’t have a problem looking for and buying them.
If you’re further along in your pregnancy, you can ask your gynae or obgyn for recommended vitamins that suit you!
Exercising keeps you physically (and mentally!) healthy during your pregnancy.
It enables you to manage stress levels, improves your mood, and even helps with blood circulation. It can also help you to sleep better!
Exercising can also help you with the discomforts that come along with pregnancy and primes your body to “bounce back” more quickly postpartum.
If you like going for group activities, pilates, yoga, and barre are some of the exercises that have special prenatal classes available. Keep in mind that it is recommended to do only 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity in a week.
Of course, just to be safe, consult your doctor first before engaging in any type of exercise.
Do your Kegel exercises
Kegels are a type of exercise that help with urinary incontinence, something that’s pretty common in pregnancy.
It also helps strengthen the muscles that are needed for labour and natural birth, which could ultimately help in making vaginal delivery easier.
Eliminate alcohol & limit caffeine
To prevent birth defects, miscarriage, or preterm labour, it’s best to avoid consuming alcohol and also smoking.
According to research, pregnant women who smoke put their baby’s brain development at risk. It is also a possible contributing factor to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Excessive caffeine intake is also discouraged as it increases risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight, and childhood acute leukaemia.
For a quick pick-me-up, try nibbling on fruits instead to give you a sugar boost. The natural sugars in fruits, such as avocados, bananas, and apples, can definitely lift your energy levels.
Find a support group
Find fellow pregnant mums-to-be, whether in your social circle, your prenatal yoga class, or even in childbirth preparation classes who can be your support during your pregnancy. You can also find suitable groups on Facebook or Telegram to join!
These new found friends can help you through the ups and downs of pregnancy, and you can even arrange playdates once your little ones are born!