No one says you have to be a professional to bring a new life into the world, and when it comes to pregnancy, you aren’t going to know everything at once. Perhaps your diet or exercise is a concern, or even things that should be omitted from your lifestyle until your bundle of joy arrives. No matter what concerns you hold, be sure that you consider these tips as you carry forth to month nine.
Eat for one! Many people think that because they are pregnant, they can eat as much as they want. This is not true. If you want to be able to get your body back after you give birth, you need to make sure that you only raise your calories by a very little bit (you should consume around 2,000 calories a day, no more!)
Use a cold-water bath for swollen feet. One highly common symptom of pregnancy is swollen feet and ankles, especially in the heat. A cold water bath can reduce the blood flow to your feet, which in turn will reduce the inflammation. It also cools you down and gives you an excuse to be off your feet for a few minutes.
To get the proper amount of sleep during your pregnancy, you need to plan your water intake around a smaller bladder capacity. Ensure you drink plenty of water, but limit the amount of fluids you drink after dinnertime. This will help reduce the need to get up during the night to use the restroom.
Be sure to stay active while pregnant. Use low-impact exercises – walking and swimming – that keep you moving without putting too much stress on your body. This will help prevent excess pregnancy weight gain, improve the quality of your sleep, and increase circulation to your lower limbs, all of which can be a challenge when pregnant.
Eat better foods so that you’re providing the best nutrients to you and your baby’s body. If you ate a lot of fast food before you got pregnant, then you need to make large adjustments. Eat produce, lean protein and high-fiber carbohydrates instead.
It is important that a woman takes folic acid during the first three month’s of her pregnancy. Folic acid helps create a strong nervous system for the baby and prevents Neural Tube Defects, including Spinal Bifida and Cleft Palate. For women who do not want to take a folic acid pill, you can find it naturally in green vegetables, rice, and peas.
You might need to add more proteins to your diet. This nutrient is important for both your health and the healthy growth of the baby developing inside of you. You can find proteins in hamburger, chicken, legumes, tofu and even sunflowers or pumpkin seeds.
When pregnant, avoid drinking excessively before you go to sleep. It is important to drink enough fluids during the day to keep you hydrated. However, you should stop drinking about two hours before going to sleep. This will help you avoid frequent trips to the bathroom when you should be sleeping.
Learn to reject food from people who pressure you to eat all the time. While you will need to take in more calories during your pregnancy, you should not go overboard. You can always say no when you need to do so.
If you want a carefree pregnancy, you are out of luck as it doesn’t exist. However, if you want a pregnancy that is a bit more comfortable in which you are a bit wiser, you can use this guide and all the tips provided to get off to a great start in nurturing a growing life within you.