Pregnancy marks the birth of a new life; but with the child, a new woman is born as well. From a simple girl, she transforms into a woman who underwent major physical, mental and emotional changes. Pregnancy also lays the foundation for the baby’s life and health ahead, therefore it becomes imperative that she opts for a healthier lifestyle not only for herself but for her baby as well.
It is true that many pregnancies prove to be nothing but turbulent experiences in life, (with nausea, back aches, dizziness, heartburn and what not) and on top of all that there are concerns about the health of the baby and the fact that so many things have to be done before its arrival.
Remember this unique time of bonding is not going to return and you are always going to wonder later on if there was a way you could have enjoyed your pregnancy or done something that could have helped both of you. No matter what phase of pregnancy you are in right now, there is still lots that can be done. Follow these golden rules below to achieve a healthier lifestyle during pregnancy.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that when you are pregnant you should “eat for two”; while this is physically true, it doesn’t imply that you should spend time stuffing yourself with snacks and junk. As is true for every person in this world, avoid eating the junk or at least limit it to the craving pangs.
Treat yourself with a lot of nutritious food; more than helping the baby, it is going to help you prevent and make up for the major losses from your body that result during pregnancy. You must keep in mind that your baby is going to take from your reserves in order to fulfill his requirements therefore you should be more worried about yourself at this stage.
Women in some of the most poverty-stricken areas are able to deliver healthy and normal babies and this is the proof that your baby is currently not depending upon what goes in your tummy. That being said, it is also true that if you do keep up with a really nutritious diet, your baby is likely to have a strong immune system and will be born with a good birth weight.
Take care of your posture and keep up with the physical exercise routine. If you never worked out, now is the right time to get active. Pregnancy tends to loosen up the muscles and this could further decrease your strength and stamina which is much needed at the time to delivery. Consult your doctor, but as a general rule, the workout or exercise shouldn’t hurt, it should simply work out your various muscles.
As far as the concerns and fears are concerned, visit your doctor whenever anxiety is getting the best of you. She is going to help you calm down and answer all your fears. She is also going to guide you about things to avoid, like alcohol, drugs, steam baths and saunas. If you were in a habit of swallowing a pain killer every now and then, it’s time to stop.
No matter the odds, enjoy your pregnancy and most of all care for your health and that of your baby.
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