Pregnancy: What You Should Do Before It Comes
Give your baby the best welcome by creating the right environment for it to be born. Here are the things every expectant mother should do to ensure their baby is safely delivered and in good health.
Eat the right food
Before getting pregnant, a smart decision you can make is to change your eating lifestyle to a healthy one. You should ask that your partner do the same. A good quantity of folic acid, calcium, iron, and protein will be needed. So get more of leafy greens, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, dairy products low on fat, and nuts. Reduce the consumption of soda, baked goods, chips, and junk foods. Remove toxic chemicals from your body by eating healthy and keeping your home clean and hygienic for 3 months before TTC (trying to conceive).
Achieve the right body weight
A very thin body may be unable to carry a pregnancy. And a very heavy body weight increases your chances of health issues including high blood pressure and diabetes, plus it causes prolonged labour. To avoid this, go for regular and moderate exercise as you plan to get pregnant. Start a safe but serious workout that you find comfortable for half an hour to 1 hour. You can do it for 5 or 6 days a week. There are beautiful methods to shave off that bodyweight like cycling, going for a swim, and walking good distances. Belonging to an exercise class for pregnant women is a good recommendation.
Create a convenient budget for your baby
Plan for your baby! You'll want the best for them, right? So consider diapers, baby food, baby clothes (casual and occasional), child care, visits to the paediatrician, and equipment. Let you and your partner discuss the financial obligations of having a baby and adjust your budget accordingly. Check and review any insurance policy you have, including health, and life to accommodate your pregnancy plan. Be clear about the policies of maternity leave at your workplace.
Attend medical appointment
Make pre-conception visits to your OB/GYN, dentist, and general practitioner. Start off by taking an effective prenatal vitamin like folic acid three months before conception.
Lower your caffeine intake
Reduce your coffee consumption to just one cup if you're planning to get pregnant. Not more than 200mg of caffeine (about 12-ounce cup of coffee) per day before and during pregnancy is recommended by experts. Alternatively, you can drink warm spiced milk - it's refreshing.
No alcohol, please!
This is important. Should you have had a drink prior to realising you're pregnant, it won't do any harm. But it is better to avoid alcohol completely. Report shows that alcohol consumption during pregnancy increases the chances of having a baby with defects or learning difficulty.
Smoking is a no-no
Are you trying to get pregnant and still smoke? It is not going to help as smoking increases the difficulty in getting pregnant. That's not all. The risks of smoking while pregnant includes miscarriage, premature birth, and low birth weight. Smoking also puts your baby at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). If your partner smokes, ask them to stop as breathing in someone else's smoke is harmful. Need help to stop smoking? Consult your doctor.
- Participate in activities that relax your body for at least 20 minutes one or two times every week
- Read books on pregnancy and parenting; movies on these are also available
- Consult your mother and other older women who have had babies and get to know their experience during pregnancy
- Talk to your doctor about your preferred type of labour and delivery including assisted birth, drug-induced labour, your notion about a C-section, and any other method
- Speak about what you think when it comes to nutrition and vaccination for children
- Talk about any medical history of disease in your family with your partner and parents
- Find out and discuss the chances of any family genetic disease and think of having genetic testing carried out
Pregnancy is a great feeling and feels even better when you are healthy, strong and vigorous to welcome your baby.
Whatever you do as a pregnant mother affects your unborn baby, so you really should learn all it takes to have a healthy pregnancy from the beginning to the end.
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