Congratulations, you’ve embarked on an exciting and rewarding journey. But know this: it will be filled with a lot of hard work. Happiness may be accompanied by feelings of worry. They are natural.
The following steps will help you prepare well physically and mentally, and give you a greater chance of delivering a healthy baby.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Choose healthy meals rather than junk foods. Eat a healthy diet. Pregnancy isn’t a time for weight loss. If you want to lose weight before you get pregnant, do so. Doing so while you are pregnant, however, you may end up with a nutritional deficit that may be dangerous to you or the infant.
Healthy nutrition during pregnancy, and plenty of that, is very important for the growing and developing baby. You should eat about 300 calories more per day than you do before becoming pregnant.
Take Multivitamins and Folic Acid
Pregnancy taxes the nutritional reserves of the body. Boost the nutrients in your body by taking multivitamins and close the gap created by pregnancy. Better yet, prenatal vitamins are formulated specifically for giving your body what it needs during pregnancy.
Starting early will help you prevent any deficits in nutrients during early pregnancy. You’ll still have time to check out other products and see what’s best for your body as well.
You will need an extra folic acid or folate supplement in addition to your prenatal vitamin to avoid neural tube defects during early pregnancy.
Stay Active Through Exercise
Holding a workout regimen daily during your pregnancy will help you remain healthy and feel your best. Regular exercise during pregnancy can enhance your health and reduce certain discomforts such as backaches and exhaustion.
Most workouts are healthy during pregnancy, so long as you work out gently and do not overdo it. Swimming, casual walking, step or elliptical machines, and low impact aerobics are some of the best exercises you can do during pregnancy.
Invest in a Supportive Maternity Wardrobe
You can look and feel amazing while pregnant thanks to trendy maternity wear that aids you in all the right ways and also helps to relieve aches and pains during pregnancy.
Use this opportunity to get a hospital bag for baby birth. You should have your hospital bag ready between 32 and 35 weeks of pregnancy. You can start packing it at any time, but it is important to get it all packed by your 35th week in case the baby arrives early.
Watch Your Weight Gain Diligently
Check your weight gain using a body mass index (BMI) calculator and know whether you’re of average weight, overweight or underweight. If you began your pregnancy at an average weight, try to gain 25 to 35 pounds.
Expect to add about 15 pounds if you are overweight. If you’re underweight, focus on adding 30 to 40 pounds.
Not only does lack of sleep when you are pregnant affect you and your infant, but it can also affect your labour and delivery.
Pregnant women need at least six hours of sleep a day. According to a study, the probability of normal birth in pregnant women whose sleep cycle is disturbed is decreased by as many as four to five times. In pregnant women, the effects of sleep on the unborn baby cannot be ignored.
Deal With Relationship Stress
Shifts in pregnancy and parenthood will trigger stress in relationships as you try to figure out your new life and roles. Cut yourself and your spouse some slack. Spend time together, and share your goals and worries in an honest and frank way.
Accept the inherent personality differences and goals that don’t align with yours, which also become more evident as you plan for parenting.
Use this time to nurture your relationship with your partner – there will be not much free time for yourselves once the baby arrives.
Stop Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs
You should also know that during pregnancy, cigarettes and alcohol are never okay. They’re terrible for a baby’s development and as he gets older, they can give him or her health issues. What’s worse, smoking and alcohol will make pregnancy tougher and increase the risk of a miscarriage. Speak to your doctor about interventions that will help you stay away from those patterns.
Lay back and unwind. By now, your preparations should be complete so that in case you go into labour early you’ll be ready. As your baby approaches its due date, find a comfortable chair, caress your stomach and relish the calm before the “storm.”