Pregnancy can be quite a magical experience. But at the same time, your body is undergoing constant change. Spikes in hormone levels and the usual symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, oedema and constipation can often leave you feeling miserable. Added to this, are the health risks that pregnancy brings with it. When you add it all up, it may seem like being pregnant is nothing short of a harrowing condition to be in. Remember, it doesn’t have to be so.
There a number of things you can do to ensure that you have both a healthy and happy pregnancy. Read on to know what they are:
While it’s okay to satisfy cravings every once in a while, you should aim to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Make sure you eat your prenatal vitamins daily and keep away from too much fried and sugary foods. Ensure that you keep yourself hydrated by drinking a minimum of eight-ten glasses of water every single day. This will also help you to fight water retention and bloating. Eat plenty of fibre to make sure that your bowel movements are consistent. Another thing to keep in mind is to be absolutely sure that the fruits, vegetables and meat that you eat are not contaminated in any way.
It is important to get some kind of exercise at least three times a week. Keeping fit will help you during your labour and delivery. There are a number of low impact types of exercise that you can engage in such as walking, yoga, swimming, low-impact aerobics customised for pregnant women. Weekly Lamaze classes will help you learn effective breathing and stretching techniques as well. Make sure to consult your doctor before you undertake any exercise regime to confirm if it is right for you and your baby.
Pregnancy and delivery can be a trying time. It is important therefore to constantly monitor your state of mind. Establish a strong support system of friends and family that you can turn to when you are feeling low. One of the things you can do is join a pregnancy support group of other pregnant women who will be going through the same feelings and changes as you. Regular meditation will help you to control your mind and fight stress. Ensure that you keep stress levels to a minimum as it can adversely affect your baby’s development as well as your mental health.
Keeping a check on diet, fitness and mental health has helped pregnant women with delivery and labour across the world and will help you too.