- Women's Health
How to Have a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy
You are glowing. You are happy. You are nauseous. You are hormonal. You are going to gain weight. Your are pregnant. Contrary to what one may think, just because you are pregnant does not mean you can just eat any and everything. Remember your growing baby eats what you are consuming and you want to make sure that you are providing enough nutrients for your little one. Here are some suggestions on how to have a healthy and fit pregnancy.
Tip 1 Take Prenatal Vitamins
After you have found out the wonderful news of your baby, if you have not already begun, began taking a prenatal vitamin daily. They should be rich in folic acid and iron. Your doctor will more than likely prescribe or suggest one for you to take.
Tip 2 Change Your Diet
Depending on how you are currently eating, you may have to cut some food out and add others in. Processed luncheon meat, caffeine and sugars are big no no's for the mother to be. Layoff of raw foods such as osysters and sushi. Instead, add in leafy vegetables such as cabbage and spinach which are high in folic acid. Eat healthy snacks such as fruits and nuts. A pregnant woman really only needs to add in a couple of hundred more calories a day. That does not mean add in extra chocolate chip cookies. Instead, eat an extra piece of fruit.
Tip 3 Take Care of Your Teeth
Pregnant women tend to get gum disease while pregnant because of hormonal changes. Continue going to the dentist for regular cleanings and continue to brush and floss daily. If you are not showing, please inform the dentist that you are pregnant so he or she will not do any x-rays.
Tip 4 Do exercises that are approved by your doctor
If you were working out before you were pregnant, you can still continue. However, please check with your doctor before doing so. Your doctor will be able to recommend what kind of exercises you can still do. Also some gyms offer yoga and workout plans for mothers to be. But please do not over exert yourself.
Tip 5 Stay Stressed Free
Being pregnant can be stressful. You are hormonal, gaining weight and your body is changing. You have decisions to make such as what kind of crib to purchase, baby's name and which one of my friends will be a great godparent. However, try to relax by doing yoga, meditating and spending quality time with your husband. When baby arrives, alone time will be a thing of the past. Staying stressed free and relaxed will also ensure a healthy and fit pregnancy. Remember if you are feeling stressed, the baby will too.
- If you are a smoker or an alcohol drinker that was not planning to get pregnant, please stop immediately. Continuation can cause birth defects for your baby that can last beyond birth.
- If you are taking natural herbs, please find out which ones are not good to take while pregnant. Some can cause miscarriages.