Seeing that positive sign on a pregnancy test will feel incredibly exciting, but at the same time you may start to feel overwhelmed about what the next nine months means and what you have to come for your future. Pregnancy will be different for everyone that is for sure, and there are so many things that you can do to help you have a smoother pregnancy and feel at ease throughout the next nine months.
There is no doubt that taking care of yourself will become a huge priority. So you may be wondering what you have control over when it comes to taking better care of yourself. There is actually a lot that you can do, so with that in mind, here are some of the things that you may want to consider.
Your diet is one thing that you have control over when you are pregnant, and there can be some great ways that you can boost the vitamins and nutrients in your body by eating the right things. Health websites recommended that you boost the amount of dairy that you have, legumes which is things like lentils, peas and beans. Also things like sweet potato can be exceptionally good for you. Oily fish like salmon is also recommended. However, there are things that you might also want to avoid during your pregnancy as there can be some foods that are harmful to your unborn baby, such as raw meats, fish high in mercury, and soft cheese, for example. There is an extensive wealth of information online, but if in doubt, speak to your health professional.
Sometimes before pregnancy you may have had different habits such as smoking or vaping. There are always going to be healthy changes that you need to make when you finally find out that you are expecting a child. You may want to think about the changes you might need to make or doing extra research into things such as vaping while pregnant. There might be alternatives that you can try, or perhaps developing new habits to help curb any cravings you may have. Your lifestyle does need to be changed. If you do need to give anything up, then you might want to involve your health professional with that.
Alcohol is something that you do need to give up when you are pregnant. There is a lot of information that suggests consuming a lot of alcohol can affect your unborn baby. It is always going to be worth checking with your health professional but some would say that avoiding alcohol for the next nine months would be advised. There are plenty of alcohol free alternatives that you can try that can help you to feel social without worrying about alcohol consumption.
You may have been fully into exercising before you got pregnant. So you may be a little concerned about whether or not you can continue exercising when you are expecting a baby. The truth is, exercise can be really good for you, but you may need to make some changes as to what type of exercise that you do. Running is still possible, walking and low impact exercising are all going to be optionstoconsider. However, speaking to gym professionals may enable you to come up with a workout and exercise regime that will work for you moving forward.
Taking prenatal vitamins
Your body is going to be working overtime now that you are pregnant, so you may want to give it a helping hand when it comes to getting the right level of vitamins and minerals. There are prenatal vitamins that you can take, things like Folic acid, for example, that can really help to boost your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your unborn child. These can be purchased in the shops or prescribed by health professionals. It is an easy way to give yourself and your baby the best start.
Regular checks with your midwife
Finally, it always going to be a good idea to ensure that you have regular checks with your midwife and health professional when it comes to your pregnancy. They can monitor things such as growth, heart rate and also if there are any special needs that need taking into account. With your health as well as the babies health. This can help you to stay on track with your pregnancy and do what you can to feel good each day.
Let’s hope that sharing these tips will help you when it comes to taking better care of yourself during your pregnancy.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.