10 Tips for Healthy Pregnancy
- Stop smoking and drinking, as these will hurt your baby. If you are planning to have a baby or if you already are, put the alcohol and cigarettes away immediately. In fact, the best time would be the moment you and your partner are planning to have one. This is because your baby’s brain and other organs start to develop before you even realise you’re pregnant.
- Start taking prenatal vitamins when you plan to conceive. Your baby’s neural cord, which will become the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy. Therefore, it is important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
- Replace your coffee with fruits. Some doctors will suggest you to limit your caffeine intake during pregnancy, as it may harm your baby. This might be tough for women who needs their coffee to kick start the day. Try eating fruits instead as the sweetness in fruits like banana and apples can actually help to lift up your energy as well.
- Practice Kegels Exercises. As your baby grows inside your uterus, your pelvic floor muscles have to support more and more weight. If your pelvic muscles are not strong enough, you may experience occasional urine leaking in your third trimester when you cough or sneeze. That is why pregnant women are encourage to do Kegels to strengthens the pelvic floor muscles.
- Reduce your house chores. Exposing to toxic chemical when scrubbing your bathrooms, lifting heavy objects or cleaning after your pet can be harmful to you and your baby.
- Wear comfortable shoes with good support. As your baby grows and you gain more weight, you will feel the extra pressure on your feet. This may lead to painful over-pronation.
- Track you weight gain throughout your pregnancy. It is very common for women to eat a lot during her pregnancy, because she is eating for two. However, gaining too much may become a challenge for you to lose later on after giving birth. On the other hand, not gaining weight may also affect your baby’s growth.
- Go for a babymoon. When your baby is out, both you and your husband’s centre of attention would mostly be on your baby. Before your baby pops, go for a short romantic getaway, just you and your husband to relax and chill.
- Wear sunblock or sunscreen when you are out. Your skin tend to be more sensitive to sunlight during your pregnancy. Therefore, you are more prone to sunburn or dark spot that might appear on your face.
- Educate yourself on topics like pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Although, this may not be your first baby, it is always good to refresh and update your knowledge so that you are more prepared for your delivery.
Read our previous blog: 10 Tips for New Mothers After Giving Birth (Postpartum)