The term pregnancy sounds simple, joyous yet can be quite complex. Most couples face issues and seek advice of the medical professionals. But even the healthiest mothers can develop unwanted complications if a proper routine is not followed. So, let’s take a look at the few basic things you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
- Visiting the doctor as soon as possible
As soon as the pregnancy has been found out, the expecting mother should be registered quickly for antenatal care. Fix an appointment with the Gynecologist at the nearest clinic. Registering online for doctor appointments is now available in many areas.
- A healthy diet should be maintained
After the confirmation of the pregnancy, the mother should compulsorily maintain a balanced and healthy diet, for the better maintenance of the health of the mother and the child as well. A minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables must be taken daily. Consuming of fresh, canned, frozen, dried, or juice type of food also count in any balanced diet.
- Taking supplements at regular intervals
The expected mother needs to take folic acid for a minimum of the initial three months and the vitamin D for the entire process of the pregnancy and after that. The consuming of the folic acid tends to reduce the risk of the baby developing a defect related to the neural tube that includes the spinal Bifida.
- Being careful about the hygiene of the food
Washing of the hands should be done before the handling of food and especially when you’ve just come out of the toilet and have just been in touch with a pet or other animal.
- Regular Exercise
Having regular exercises help in coping up with the changes in the posture and the strains on your joints at the various stages of pregnancy. Exercises also help in maintaining a healthy weight, in spite of it being typical to put on weight during pregnancy.
- Pelvic floor exercises are must!
The pelvic floor consists of many muscles at the base of the pelvis, and such muscles help in the supporting the bladder, vagina, and the back region, hence exercise is helpful.
- Alcohol should be avoided
The alcohol that is drunk by the mother reaches very fast to the baby through the bloodstream and the placenta. It is essential to avoid too much alcohol during the first trimester and the third trimester.
- Caffeine intake should limited
Consumption of Caffeine also increases the risk of miscarriage. The products of Caffeine that should be avoided are tea, coffee, chocolate, cola, and energy drinks.
- Avoiding smoking
Serious health problems tend to occur to the mother and the baby due to the practice of smoking during the pregnancy. The method of smoking increases the baby’s risk of having a premature birth, low birth weight, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Getting adequate rest
The fatigue that is felt in the initial few months is primarily due to the higher levels of the pregnancy hormones that tend to be circulating in the body of the mother. So resting is highly essential.
Just keep these points in your mind and go on with your daily life and enjoy every moment of pregnancy with your loved ones!