Becoming a parent, whether it’s for the first time or not, is incredibly exciting. And to ensure everything goes smoothly and that your baby develops correctly, you’re going to want to do everything possible to take care of yourself during your pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy isn’t impossible to achieve. Here are some simple steps to taking care of yourself during pregnancy.
It’s really important to educate yourself on the different stages in your pregnancy. Not only will this help you to prepare for the birth, but it will also help you to understand what you can and can’t do and when. Preparing yourself this way will also help you to feel more confident as the birth draws near and provide you with a focus on what to do and when.
Watch what you eat
Now that you’re pregnant, there are some things you can and can’t eat. As well as additional foods that provide vital nutrients that you should be eating, so take the time to find out what exactly it is you’re supposed to be eating, and be sure to monitor your intake.
Cut back on caffeine
Cutting back on caffeine is of paramount importance. Studies from 2008 showed that women with a higher level of caffeine in their diet increased their risk of miscarrying the baby. The presence of caffeine in the body means that it’s more difficult to absorb iron, something which pregnant women need for the correct development of their baby.
It’s important to take additional prenatal supplements that include iron and folic acid as both are vital to the development of your baby. But be careful that you’re not taking too much of anything, as a higher than necessary dosage could have harmful effects.
It’s vital that you keep yourself hydrated; doing so will help you feel better, help your body to provide your baby with what it needs, and help you to feel rested. If you feel nauseas, then adding a spoon of sugar and a pinch of salt will help to hydrate quickly and relieve the nausea.
Excising regularly will help to keep you fit and healthy but will also help your endurance levels in time for the birth. As well as this, regular exercise can help ease the aches and pains in your joints, and also reduce stress.
Rest when you need to
Although it’s important to exercise, it’s also important to rest when you feel like you need to. Over stretching yourself and exhausting yourself will be bad for both you and the baby.
Make an effort to find body positive stories online and avoid the birthing horror stories people want to tell. Although tales of caution are important, it’s vital that you remember to stay confident and body positive at all times. If friends or family members want to offer advice, listen to it with a pinch of salt and remain confident in your own ability to do this.