What to do and not to do while you are pregnant

August 29th, 2017

Congratulations on being pregnant!

We understand if you are fretting over the safe arrival of your little bundle of joy. Here are some tips on helping and easing out your nine-months of wait. These tips will guide you on helping your baby grow in a nurturing and healthy environment.

What to DO?

1. Exercise

Exercise during pregnancy is highly recommended to keep you happy and fit for the birthing process. Working out regularly can help you fight pregnancy related issues like insomnia, muscular pain, undue weight gain, moodiness and postnatal depression.

2. Visit your dentist

Do visit your dentist. During pregnancy, your teeth and gums need extra attention.

3. Get flu shots

It is essential for the pregnant women to get an influenza vaccine, however, consult your physician for contraindications. The vaccine will protect both you and your foetus.

4. Take nutrients like folate, calcium, iron, zinc and fibre

Talk to your gynaecologist about the prenatal vitamin and mineral nutrients that you should have. It is extremely vital to have Folic acid as it reduces your baby’s risk of developing neural tube birth defects. Also, the foetus takes calcium from your body hence it’s imperative to get enough of it to protect your own bones and your baby’s. Iron is highly important, especially in the third trimester.

5. Get a good gynaecologist and keep your doctor updated

Decide on a doctor who is amenable and available whenever you would be in need. You will spend nine months and beyond with your doctor and it might become very difficult changing your doctor in between. Once you have selected your doctor make sure that you are discussing all your concerns with him/her.

What NOT to DO?

1. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol

Smoking raises the risk for a lot of problems and causes miscarriage, placental problems, or preterm birth. On the same note, even one drink each day can increase the chances of low birth weight and problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity in the baby.

2. Don’t sleep on your back

After 16 weeks of pregnancy, avoid sleeping on your back. The baby develops enough weight at this point to put pressure on your spine and the blood vessel that carries oxygen to the heart.

3. Don’t go hungry for a long time

Frequent eating sends a balanced supply of nutrients to your baby apart from keeping your blood sugar levels normal. Smaller meal intakes also lessen heartburn.

4. Don’t forget to stay hydrated

Hydration is important for avoiding premature labour because lessening of fluids in the body makes a hormone that stimulates contractions. Staying hydrated also helps prevent headaches, giddiness, constipation and haemorrhoids.

5. Don’t do high impact sports

Although fitness work out is recommended during pregnancy, there are some things that should be avoided. Extreme sports like kickboxing, judo and squash should be stopped till the delivery to prevent injuries to the foetus.

Apart from these, you could join antenatal classes after having a discussion with your doctor.

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