6 Tips for Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Maintaining good health during pregnancy is of utmost importance for both mother and baby. If the baby is not healthy during its nine months in the womb there can be many complications and health risks when he or she enters the world. Keeping the baby healthy starts with Mom and her diet and there are many things that can be done to make sure diets and nutrition are optimal for a good start to life.

Tip #1: Eating a Proper Diet

The #1 key to a healthy pregnancy is eating a proper diet.

  • A mother’s diet should be rich in proteins. This aids in blood production and cell growth. A pregnant woman should eat fish, poultry products, lean meat, peanuts, and tofu.
  • A mother’s diet should be rich in carbohydrates. These produces the energy the body needs and sources of this food include cereals, bread, pasta, potatoes, and rice.
  • A mother’s diet should be rich in calcium for the formation of strong teeth and bones. Foods containing calcium include milk products, spinach, and salmons or sardines.
  • A mother’s diet should be rich in iron. This prevents anemia and foods rich in this mineral are spinach, cereals, and lean red meat.
  • Other important foods should include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and Folic acid.
  • For minerals and other nutrients that are not readily available, a pregnant woman should take supplements. As your doctor for recommendations on what to take for proper supplements for you and your baby.

Tip #2: Regular Medical Check Ups

A pregnant woman should have pre-natal care throughout the pregnancy. This way, doctors will be able to treat any complications that may arise during the pregnancy. Pre-natal care is also the best chance for a woman to get valuable advice from the doctors regarding diet so it’s highly recommended that mom’s-to-be ask for information on proper nutrition during the next 9-months.

Tip #3: Exercising

A pregnant woman should exercise to have a healthy pregnancy. Exercising strengthens a woman’s immune system protecting her from diseases which can affect her and the baby. Exercising also makes a pregnant woman fitter and helps make it easier for the woman to adjust to the changes that come with pregnancy. Exercise also improves blood flow meaning the unborn child is adequately supplied with oxygen and nutrients. However, exercises should not be too strenuous. Good exercises include swimming, walking, riding stationary bicycles, and pre-natal aerobics. Bad exercises are those that lead to bouncy, jerky movement and those where the woman has to be exposed to the elements.

Tip #4: Avoiding Stress and Depression

For a healthy pregnancy a pregnant woman must try to avoid stress and depression. Stress and depression can affect a child’s mental development and it can lead to a difficult child birth. It can also cause low blood pressure which can be dangerous to both Mom and baby so it is highly recommended to avoid stressful situations if at all possible.

Tip #5: Avoiding Medications and Vaccines

A pregnant woman should only take medication (including over-the-counter medications) with the express permission of the doctor. Drugs and vaccines can affect a child’s mental and physical development and are especially dangerous during the first trimester. However, some drugs such as epileptic medications are necessary because seizures can lead to brain damage. As with any medication, it is best to consult with your physician before taking anything during pregnancy.

Tip #6: Avoiding Alcohol and Smoking

Smokers put their babies at risk of stillbirth, low birth weight, preterm birth, asthma, and SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. Abuse of alcohol also puts babies at risk of FAS or fetal alcohol syndrome, mental retardation, facial abnormalities, and other risks. It is just a very bad decision to use either alcohol or to smoke during pregnancy so consult with doctors in order to assist you in avoiding these addictions so your baby (and you) remain healthy and have a good start in life.

By following some or all of these tips you will not only be doing the very best for your baby but will also instill in yourself a very healthy mindset for years to come.