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How to take care of yourself during pregnancy

Updated on January 03, 2012

Below I have listed some useful tips to take care of yourself during pregnancy, read them and use them at the time you are pregnant:

Reading Books on Comedy

Do this on a daily basis. Spend some time of yours in reading books on a daily basis. By this, I do not wan to say that your baby will have a love of literature when he/she will grow up, but just because reading is a very soothing and relaxing activity. At the time of pregnancy, read books that soothe you from inside. Good books are a great source of pleasure plus you learn a lot of new things from them. I recommend you to stay away from broken heart stories or other depressing books but read something which is interesting and light. According to a recent survey it has been revealed that women who read books on comedy and jokes at the time of their pregnancy gave birth to naturally smiling and laughing kids. It has also been revealed with several studies that a happy and joyful time spent in pregnancy brings up a happy and smiling baby, so it is my personal advice that if you enjoy reading jokes or stuff like that,  pick up some books not only for you but also for your baby. My wife did not read books on comedy but I read a joke in front of her on a daily basis and the result is that my daughter is always smiling and is an active baby. I know it has worked for me and must work for any other parents. Pregnancy is a time where there are a lot of ups and downs, especially in first pregnancy when you are not aware or used to the changes happening inside and outside of your body, so spend this stressful time with laughing and enjoying jokes with your hubby. The results will be great. I guarantee.

Listening to Soothing Music

Women who listen to soothing music at the time of pregnancy get relaxed and build self confidence which helps in relieving labor pains at the time of delivery. Soothing music relaxes the muscles of our body. Also, when the birth of your baby takes place, play the same music in front of him/her and he/she if crying will calm down as soon as you play the music.

Taking a Good Night Sleep

Always remember to sleep on your left side if possible, as according to studies it has been confirmed that sleeping on left side at the time of pregnancy provides the required oxygen flow to your baby. Also take a good night sleep as this will help your baby to grow inside you. Sleep with a relaxed mood. Don’t sleep on your back as it can hurt your back.

Exercising at the Time of Pregnancy

You can do some very light exercises at the time of pregnancy. A short walk is okay. You need to keep your body muscles, especially leg muscles strong to help at the time of delivery. Also you can do some breathing exercises at the time of pregnancy that will be highly beneficial for you at the time of delivery. Most breathing exercises help in getting normal delivery but before starting any workout regimen, first of all consult you’re your obstetrician as he/she is the best guide.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol and Smoking at This Time

Smoking and drinking alcohol is always injurious to health but you should always remember that it is fatal at the time of pregnancy. You need to completely cease these activities if you are doing it before your being pregnant. The choice is up to you. Smoking is a total no no but if you are craving for a drink, you can go ahead and have a a small glass of red wine but if you can overcome it, leave it and opt for a glass of juice instead. This is only my advice, the choice is yours.

Tips and tricks For Post Pregnancy Workouts

The benefits of walking during pregnancy

Walking is one of the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because it keeps you fit without jarring your knees and ankles. It's also a safe activity to continue throughout all nine months of pregnancy and one of the easier ways to start exercising if you haven't previously been active.

If you've been walking, keep it up. If you were fairly inactive before you got pregnant, start with a slow walk and build up to brisk 20- to 30-minute jaunts. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you can safely do moderate exercise for 30 minutes or more most days of the week, provided you've gotten the go-ahead from your doctor or midwife.

Warning signs

Never walk to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. Pushing yourself to the limit forces your body to use oxygen that should be going to your baby.

Stop walking immediately and call your healthcare provider if you have any of the following symptoms: vaginal bleeding, difficulty breathing, dizziness, exercise, chest pain, muscle weakness, calf pain or swelling, preterm labor, decreased fetal movement, apparent leakage of amniotic fluid, or contractions.

A myth about mangoes and papaya generate a lot of heat and hence should be avoided during pregnancy

Although the theory is not proven, but in case of papaya, papin(an enzyme contained in white thin layers of the ripe fruit is strong acid in nature) which is even used in cooking meat so that it gets cooked faster by dissolving the muscle tissue which is why its advised not to be eaten as per old wives tale.......nutrition does not support theory of yin-yang foods(hot & cold foods), the simple reason for not making a pregnant woman eat mangoes or pineapples are because they cause throat irritation and can also upset the digestive system.

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      lovemeanddie1988 9 years ago from waynesville

      hey well tell you Im not ready have a baby, I want to but I get afraid sometimes of thinking about it

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      Rajinder Soni 9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi lovemeandide1988,

      We had our first baby on 6th of last month and I am so happy that I cannot tell you. It's feeling so good inside me that I do not have any words. Previously, I was also afraid like you but after delivering I thought there was nothing more beautiful than this, so believe me dear when you will have your baby in your hands, you will not be afraid but there will be a special magical force in your body that will be electrical which I experienced. All the pains will be gone.

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      Aman 9 years ago

      Good Keep it up.Thanks a lot for information.

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      8 years ago

      if you know u are pregnant take care of yourself.it is the most important as well as enjoyable time of your life

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      Sidra Shehbaz 8 years ago

      Thanks for giving such information. Because i am having my first Pregancy, i am so much worried about myself and the baby of 12weeks in my abdomen. I am only 22 years old, so haven't enough knowledge about it.

      But i am very happy and thankful to ALLAH TALAH Who blessed me with such a wonderful and marvellous blessing.

      Please pray for me............

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      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sidra, please do not worry as everything will go well for you and your baby because you have faith in God, THE ALMIGHTY. Best of luck for the wonderful period of time in your life which is pregnancy. Please read good books on pregnancy. I pray for you and your baby. May God bless you both with health and happiness. Take care. If you need any type of advice, please write a comment over here and I will try to help you out dear.

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      FTIAUA 7 years ago

      IT IS ADVICE FOR ME BECAUSE............,I'M NEWLY GETTING PREGNANT...I WILL DO IT MY BEST..........

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for your precious pregnancy Ftiaua.

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      SUKUNA 6 years ago

      I M VERY WORRIED BUT WANT MY BABY TO COME OUT VERY SAFELY NOW IT ONLY ABOUT 6 WEEKS

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Don't worry too much Sukuna. Your baby will be safe and sound. Eat a healthy diet and relax. Take a good night sleep and you will be on your way to a happy and healthy baby.

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      Hayar 6 years ago

      Hi, its my first pregnancy around 7weeks, am so happy about the baby but always tired and loss of appetite!

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      sara momin 6 years ago

      i got my periods on 6th of dec but some bleeding was found on 20th wats wrong m afraid plz reply?

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      Himabindu 5 years ago

      Hi,

      I'm 22 yrs old..got married last year..we both thinking to hav a baby..and I'm afraid if i eat mangoes after love making will it affect the result...pls help me out..

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Hayar, Sara, and Himabindu, best of luck for becoming mother of a healthy and beautiful child. My wishes with you. Please don't think that mangoes will cause any problems. They are myths. Please take the advice of your doctor who is your best guide and plan a healthy pregnancy.

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      mukesh shukla 9450095124 5 years ago

      thanxx for tips

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      priya 5 years ago

      Hi nw iam planning for the baby from sep 1st nw iam having breast pain is that the symptoms plz tell me

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      Amisha 5 years ago

      yes it may the symptoms but better you wait for your period if its missed then take advise from doctor

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      niza 5 years ago

      hi i m pregnant its my 2nd time at first pregnency i put on lot of weight but now i don,t want to gain my plz help me plz wich exercise i can do during pregnency.and i feel pain in my breast and miss my periods as one month so is it confirmed pregnancy plz ...

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      tawakalt 5 years ago

      hello,what can be d cause of a pregnant woman,nting sleeping at night,she is always aving pains frm d 2 sides,nd she has dn series of test,evrytin is okay,the baby is okay.pls help out.

      and for me,i had moi period july28 to august1st,nd after missing august period,it was confirmed am pregnant.au many weeks can i be now.thanks.

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      rim 5 years ago

      I am pregnet and i want some advice .i am very worried.

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      rofe 5 years ago

      it is my 20 weak pregnant and my vagina is becoming very big is it normal because am very worried.

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      azeb 5 years ago

      im dissable i cant walk a lot so can i have healthy babay

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      DIVYA R 5 years ago

      hello, i lost my baby in my 1st pregnancy, due to high bp, nw i m afrd, is it safe my second pregnancy???

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      kushbu 5 years ago

      well i m pregrent but i m really afraid about delivery pain?????is it pains a lot during delivery???? and hw much time it takes to give birth to a child????

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      selu 5 years ago

      i have no idea how to manage my pregnancy time. pls tell me about general concept of pregnancy.tnx solomon.tebebe@yahoo.com

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      asifa 5 years ago

      Its my first pregnancy after 7 year of my marriage i m very afraid plz tell how i will be relex

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      sowmya 5 years ago

      i have no idea about delivery time i m very tensed and how much time it will take to give birth to a child

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      Samantha 5 years ago

      Am 3weeks old and i can already not stand a lot of foods and smells,i also get short breath,is all this normal?

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      albertadams2000 5 years ago

      am pregnant for the first time in my life,am happy cos i can wait to see my baby likewise my hubby

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      Mary 5 years ago

      Am 17weeks pregnant,am happy because its ma first time bt am scared coz i don't feel ma baby move or play.is it safe?

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      ruchi 5 years ago

      Hi i m two months pregnant . I don't hve any in laws to look after me durning my pregnancy ; i hve my husband but he is also very busy with work; pls advice me hw to tak care of me n my baby

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      Pinky Das 4 years ago

      Tell me whether intercourse is safe during pregnancy? If yes then tell me the procedure.

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      devika singh 4 years ago

      i am pregrant with my first baby and its a wonderful feeling

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      James Ford 4 years ago

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      frm, 21 India 4 years ago

      i have 8th mnth pregnency nd i feel highly ichting all over body plz suggest some treatment

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      faria tabassum 4 years ago

      i am 7 weeks pregnant,nauseating and vomiting problem, what can i do now

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      keerthiramu 4 years ago

      hi,im very hapy to watch u nd ple guide me .very soon im gng to pregnant nd my dream was my baby must so fair nd bubble cheeks so wht i have to do at the time of pregnancy ple suggest me .

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      sasi 4 years ago

      im preganncy now 4th month gng bt i fear delivery so pls gve me sme tips friends pls

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      bhawna 4 years ago

      hi i m 2 weeks pregnant but i did't find any symptoms like vomiting, nausea, uneasiness . is there any problem about my pregnancy.

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      Rajinder Soni 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      No there is no problem at all. Every person has a different body type and experiences different than others. Some women never experience any nausea or vomiting throughout their pregnancy. Sister it is not a bad sign but it is a good sign. Best of luck for your healthy pregnancy and childbirth

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      tanu 3 years ago

      hii i m pregnant 1/half month what care shoud i take

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