Your health is vital for both you and your baby during pregnancy.
Pregnancy changes your body in amazing ways. There are many things you can do in order to ensure that you are at your healthiest while you are pregnant. Here are 10 tips to keep you and your baby healthy:
- Select good caregivers. Choose an obstetrician carefully, then follow their guidelines for screenings and tests. Childbirth education classes are a great resource.
- Eat right. If food is medicine, your diet affects everything from your energy level to your baby’s heart rate. Your baby’s developing brain and bones will thank you! Avoid all items on the “no” list.
- Be picky about your prenatal vitamin. Tell your doctor about supplements or medications you currently take to find your perfect multivitamin.
- Double check medications. Your doctor can tell you which are approved for pregnancy. Read all labels to be sure it’s the correct one and hasn’t expired.
- Sleep a lot. Sleep recharges you while your baby grows. If aches keep you awake, try a foam pad between the sheet and mattress.
- Nix the caffeine and alcohol. Both reach your baby through the placenta; their undeveloped metabolism can’t process it. According to American Pregnancy, no studies confirm that a glass of wine during pregnancy – even the last trimester – is safe.
- Quit smoking now. Avoid second-hand smoke and all harmful chemicals, from the nail salon to household cleaners.
- Your emotional health comes first. Give yourself a break. If you feel isolated or overwhelmed, resources are available to help you. If you’re happy, your baby is!
- Stay fit. With your physician’s approval, sign up for a prenatal yoga class or hit the pool. Exercise lowers your baby’s heart rate and help return you to your pre-pregnancy body quicker!
- Seek relaxation. Whether a massage or simply listening to your own breathing, relax for a few minutes every day.