Avoid smoking or being around second-hand smoke. We all know smoking is injurious to health but it can be more dangerous in pregnancy. Smoking can cause many health problems for developing babies and pregnant women.
- Preterm baby
- Low birth weight
- Birth defects of the mouth and lips
- Its increase heart rate and shoot up the BP
- It also elevates the level of carbon monoxide in the blood that means the baby gets less oxygen.
- Also can risk of sudden death syndrome
Quit smoking right now and as saying, “it’s easier to say than do” so just imagine the baby with smoke cloud and striving for breath. I am sure no mamma wants this.
Take Prenatal Vitamins:
Taking prenatal vitamins during pregnancy is very important for pregnant women and for the baby inside for growth and development. Prenatal vitamins like Folic acid, Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium & Protein. These nutrients are the basic requirements. And every doctor suggests these but still before taking any nutrients do consult your doctor.
To know more about the Nutrients and their daily dose check our Essential Nutrients in Pregnancy
We all are aware of staying active is important for general health, a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining a healthy weight. But for a pregnant woman, it’s become a moral responsibility to stay active as its link to the baby inside. Staying active helps in reducing stress, improve blood circulation, boost your mind, and maintain a healthy sleeping pattern. It gives more comfort during pregnancy and reduces the risk of complications.
Few Activities tips
- 15 to 30 mins walk every day
These are some useful activities during pregnancy. However, do not do over and do not get exhausted. Listen to your body. In addition, do consult your doctor first.
Adopt a Healthy Life Style:
A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But even more important during pregnancy or while planning the pregnancy. Prefer to have homemade food instead of Junk Food. Having a balanced diet during pregnancy is good for fetal growth and reduces the risk of a baby’s birth defects. A Balanced diet has to be full of fiber, proteins, vitamins, and calcium (Essential Nutrients in Pregnancy)
- Eat at regular intervals.
- Divide the meal in 5 or 6 light meals instead of having 3 large meals.
- Stay hydrated drink plenty of fluids: water, coconut water, buttermilk, smoothies, Milk, etc
- Add 300 to 500 calories a day in your diet. Remember your eating for two.
Antenatal means before birth and postnatal/after birth. Keep your antenatal follows up with your doctor regularly. It will help you to be updated about the baby’s health and status. Also about the complications if any as prevention is always better than cure. Prenatal care helps in a healthy pregnancy. It also reduces pre-term birth, intrauterine growth retardation, congenital anomalies.
Be Alert of Your Intake:
Do not take over the counter medications or herbal remedies without medical consultation.
Limit Your Caffeine:
Limit your caffeine and avoid alcohol to stay healthy during pregnancy. High intake of caffeine can cause low birth weight in baby’s, which may lead to many health problems later on. Therefore, the limit of caffeine should not be 200mg a day. It’s equal to 2 mugs of instant coffee.
Empower yourself by knowing about facts and changes in pregnancy, Like labor, baby’s birth, postpartum health, newborn care, and other parenting things.
Track Your Weight Gain
Picking up the right amount of weight during pregnancy can help protect your health and the health of your baby. Ideally weight gain during pregnancy is between 11.5 to 16kg, 1.5kg in the initial three months, and afterward 1.5 to 2 kg in every month until child’s introduction to the world. On the off chance that you are eating for two yet pressing such a large number of additional kgs .it might troublesome you to free later, however on the off chance that you are not putting on enough weight, at that point, it might put the child in danger for the low birth weight which related with numerous different entanglements and may influence your infant’s development and improvement.
A sound pregnancy implies about keeping yourself in a decent state inwardly, intellectually, genuinely and profoundly for the purpose of your unborn
Some great tips you should follow
- Reading good books
- Listening to music
- Thinking positive and being calm
- Communicating with your unborn kid
- Meditation and prayer
- Being creative
- Eating healthy