You need to take care of yourself and your unborn child before you can take care of your new baby. You will find thousands of free advice but here is your bonus tip: As soon as you suspect or find out that you are pregnant, go see your doctor. We know that you want to do the best for you and your baby during your pregnancy. Here are 10 of our essential tips to help you give your baby a great beginning to life:
Getting a good early prenatal care is very essential for a mother and baby, if you are planning to start a family, or have just found out that you are expecting. When you go to the doctor for your first visit your doctor will be able to confirm your pregnancy and screen for certain medical conditions that could lead to complications if any.
It is normal to have cravings during pregnancy and it is fine to give in to your cravings occasionally, and it is important to remember that you normally need an additional 300 calories in a day. So ensure that you get enough protein and calcium every day and avoid outside food especially meat (if you are a non-vegetarian) to prevent from ingesting bacteria that can be harmful to your baby.
Prenatal vitamins confirm that you are providing your baby with essential vitamins and nutrients it requires, such as folic acid, iron, calcium, and DHA. These vitamins play an important role in bone, vision and brain development and ensure that the baby remains healthy. Consult your doctor about which prenatal vitamins will be best for you and your baby, mainly on the need for folic acid and calcium.
Maintaining daily regular exercise raises your chance of having a normal delivery and helps you cope with the usual uneasiness during pregnancy. Exercise can also aid in postpartum recovery. Though, if you were not a regular exerciser before becoming pregnant, consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine and whether it is okay to exercise or not.
Usually, the first and third trimesters can cause fatigue and it is nothing but your body’s way of telling you to relax and rest. Hence, take note and listen to your body, it would be great to just sit back and watch some movies, read a good book or take a nap when you are feeling tired or exhausted.
It is essential to take good extra care of your body during pregnancy. Avoiding alcohol, limiting caffeine intake and abstain from any non-prescription drugs throughout your pregnancy and if it becomes necessary to consult your doctor before taking it. Consuming alcohol during pregnancy can badly affect the brain or spinal development of your baby, too much caffeine has been connected to a higher occurrence of miscarriage, and non-prescription drugs can lead to birth defects or behavioral problems of your child.
We often use cleaning agents in our homes and if you use these chemicals or other substances that have been proven to cause birth defects, it is important to take the essential steps to protect your baby from it. It is thus very essential to use only non-toxic household cleaning agent during the entire pregnancy period so as to limit your risk of getting exposed to these chemicals.
Visit your dentist because hormonal changes when you are pregnant can leave you with an enhanced risk of gingivitis. The increase in progesterone and estrogen levels interact with the bacteria in plaque, leading to swollen, tender or bleeding gums and thus cause gingivitis.
The skin is very sensitive when you are pregnant and so your skin becomes more susceptible to sunburn and chloasma (dark, blotchy spots on the face), hence it is essential to apply sunscreen, avoid tanning beds, and protect your skin.
So now, enjoy this special time in your life! Have confidence in your body’s ability to grow, nourish and give birth to this baby as women have done for centuries. Take care and stay healthy!
For any queries, you are most welcome to contact Aspire Fertility Centre and talk to our experts.