Your health is vitally important before, during, and after your pregnancy. There are some things that work against you then. Stress helps you retain fat, as does sleep loss. Your diet and workout routines have also probably suffered. But, there are some things you can do improve your health during pregnancy. The good news is that adjusting your life now will lead to a healthier you and a healthier family too.
Make a day-ending routine for better sleep during your pregnant months. If you can follow a consistent bedtime routine, then your body will learn that bedtime is near. This should ease the process of falling asleep. Relaxing rituals to consider include warm showers or baths, reading fiction of your favorite genre and getting a massage.
Before you get pregnant, it is wise to visit your doctor. You can make sure you are in excellent health, and they will also give you some advice that can help you out. They can tell you when you should be ovulating, and some vitamins that you should be taking.
Make sure to avoid household chores that can be harmful to your unborn baby. Pregnant women should not clean with harsh chemicals, such as bleach, climb ladders, and especially should avoid cleaning a cat’s litter box. Pay attention to your surroundings and get help for any activity you think might be dangerous.
Wear sunscreen while pregnant, even if you didn’t really require it before. You should also avoid using a tanning bed. You skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and burns are more likely. Still, when you do put on sunscreen, make sure to wear a brand that was approved by your doctor.
Stay away from household cleaning products when you are pregnant. Inhaling these products when you are pregnant can cause serious health problems for you and your baby. Have someone else in your home do your cleaning, or, if you have to clean, wear a protective mask over your nose and mouth.
Use full-service gas stations while pregnant, or ask your partner or other passenger to fill the tank for you while you wait in the car. Gas fumes are not good for you or your baby. Don’t take a risk! Ask for help!
Your pregnancy means the decisions are yours. Just because someone in your office or a distant relative doesn’t believe that you should drink coffee or lift something heavier than 20 pounds doesn’t mean they control your pregnancy decisions. Talk to your doctor and make your decisions with them. Ignore unsolicited comments from others.
Once you find out that you are pregnant, make sure that you find a doctor or midwife that you are comfortable with. Many times, women choose the first doctor that they see and end up having an unpleasant experience with them. Ask friends and family if they know of a good, reliable midwife.
Keeping a food diary will help you to remember to eat well and keep up with all the vitamins that you need. You will also be able to see if you are not feeling well, that there may be some type of food you are eating that may be triggering that reaction.
If you are not sure how to handle a child or a newborn, talk to the mothers that you know. Offer to babysit for them. This way you are getting some experience, and your friend is getting a well deserved break from being a mother. Just keep in mind that no two children are the same!
Making a few alterations to your lifestyle should help to ensure you and your baby’s health during and after pregnancy. It can be tough, but once you get it down, you won’t regret it. Doing a couple of smart things can help you lose the weight at a healthy pace.