All right moms-to-be, here's what ya NEED to do!
Now that you are expecting a bundle of joy, it's vital to learn how to take care of both your health and that of your unborn child. Pregnancy is an exciting, but risky experience where anything can harm you and your baby if you are not health conscious.
Below, we've outlined how to take care of both your physical and emotional well-being, and to reduce your chances of having any problems during your first and last trimester. Here are six easy ways to ROCK your pregnancy:
1. Get Your First Prenatal Visit ASAP
A quality prenatal visit is very valuable and important to the your health and your baby's. It's very important to book your first prenatal appointment with your family doctor. It is at this stage of your pregnancy that the doctor will screen you of any problem or conditions related to your pregnancy. In most cases, no problems are reported, but it's an essential step.
Be aware of any bodily changes or pain associated with the back or general health.
2. Take Prenatal Vitamins Daily
90 percent of any standard prenatal vitamin is made up of iron and folic acid, which are the two key nutrients pregnant women need. The folic acid and iron protect your baby from contracting neural tube birth diseases (like Bifida) and other birth defects.
Ideally, it's recommended to start taking 400 micrograms of folic acid a month before getting pregnant and 600 micrograms the first month of your pregnancy. During pregnancy, you will need a high quantity of iron during second and third trimester specifically. It's simple: Don't over take any drugs during this period, and take drugs that are prescribed by your doctor. (This means no painkillers and no drugs, period!)
3. Exercise Regularly
Regularl exercise not only helps your backbone to remain upright, but it also gives you the stamina and strength to carry the baby for 9 months. This helps with improving sluggish circulation in your arms and legs and preventing regular headache and constant moods, which are normally caused by the level of serotonin. (Seratonin backlinks with your core brain chemicals.)
When we say exercise, we don't mean carrying heavy weights or going to gym. You can do small yoga within the comfort of your home or jog at least three times per week. But don't overdo it because that could potentially harm the baby!
4. Rest Up
During the third trimester, mood swings and recurring fatigue are rampant. At this stage, your body is weary and feels the need to rest from all this activity. Listen to this and get your rest! You can either set a daily nap time, or just stretch on your bed with your feet up, relax and read a magazine. Yes, you need that rest. You are carrying a human being.
5. Avoid Alcohol
You don't need any illicit chemicals in your body during this period, so please avoid the use of spirits, wines, or any energy drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. Your body only needs water — and a lot of it!
By drinking alcohol, you interfere with your baby's brain growth, which could lead to potential birth defects.
6. Check On Your Emotional Health
Balancing hormones and all the while keeping your spouse or your family happy is the hardest thing for pregnant women. Pregnant women tend to either be demonstrative or too busy for their spouse. So if your mood swings are interfering with your family or the people around you, relax and see your doctor. Don't be afraid to talk to someone about how you're feeling!