Lifestyle: 5 Tips For A Healthy Start Of Your Pregnancy
Start making healthy lifestyle choices and/or changes before you are even pregnant. Being overweight or obese, smoking, using drugs and drinking alcohol can increase the risk of miscarriage and other complications during pregnancy. By making healthy choices before conceiving, you improve the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
There are many benefits of exercise during pregnancy but it is important to talk to your prenatal provider before starting or continuing any exercise routines. In general, low impact exercise such as walking, swimming or prenatal yoga are great to keep your blood pressure normal, prevent excess weight gain, minimize the aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and prepare your body for the labor and delivery process.
#2: Get plenty of rest
Try to get some sleep. Whether it’s the frequent trips to the bathroom or having difficulty finding a comfortable position, sleeping is one of the hardest things to do during pregnancy. If you have difficulty sleeping at night, you may need to consider taking 1-2 short naps during the day, if possible. As the baby gets bigger, many women find it most comfortable to sleep on their left side with a pillow between their legs. This position also ensures adequate blood flow to the placenta.
#3: Educate yourself
Even if this isn't your first baby, attending a childbirth class will help you feel more prepared for delivery. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about childbirth and infant care, but you can ask specific questions and voice any concerns.
Now is also a good time to brush up on your family's medical history. Talk to your doctor about problems with past pregnancies, and report any family incidences of birth defects. Ask your doctor about prenatal vitamins that have folic acid, which helps protect against some birth defects, such as spina bifida. Folic acid works best during the early stages of pregnancy.
#4: Make new friends
Find ways to meet other pregnant women, whether that's through a prenatal yoga or childbirth class, a neighbourhood parents group, or an online parenting forum. The support, resources, and camaraderie from other women in the same boat as you can be crucial for getting through the ups and downs of pregnancy.
#5: Eat clean
A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow.
You don't need to go on a special diet, but it's important to eat a variety of different foods every day to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby need.
It's best to get vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. Make sure your diet mostly consist of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, quality protein and healthy fats.
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