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Tips for Staying Healthy While Pregnant
The pregnant mother will have to take on new developed habits for the health of her new baby. And the pregnant mother has to make sure she is healthy and stress-free, so the unborn baby will become healthy and stress-free. There are many things a pregnant woman has to do for the wellbeing of her new baby. A pregnant woman has to: eat healthy, take her prenatal vitamins, drink plenty of water, do a little exercise, stay away from stressful situations, stay away from cigarette smoke, and get more than 9 hours of sleep every night.
Whatever the pregnant women puts into her body goes to her unborn fetus also, through the umbilical cord. Eating healthy is a huge part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy. The foods that a pregnant woman should consume are: dark green leafy vegetables (due to the high iron in them), fruits (due to the vitamin C), dairy products, (vitamin D), 100% whole wheat (high in fiber), and meats (protein) such as; fish, turkey, and chicken. Eating healthy foods as a pregnant woman can reduce nausea, headaches, constipation, cramps, and even obesity after the baby is born. When eating the right foods the new baby will have a chance at healthy bones, skin, teeth, reproductive system, thick hair, good immune system, and a normal body weight as a child.
Taking prenatal vitamins is crucial to having a strong healthy baby. Some doctors may recommend that the new mother take iron vitamins along with her prenatal vitamins. The vitamins will help the new baby to grow properly while in the womb. The iron that is in the vitamins protects the fetus from developing spina bifida; a bone condition formed while in the mother's womb, due to lack of sufficient iron intake. Children with spinal bifida are in wheel chairs because their bones are not as strong as they could've been. So taking your prenatal vitamins recommended by your doctor is very important. And remember, note this, all pregnancies are different.
Tips for Pregnancy
Pregnant women should begin visiting their OB/GYN Doctor as soon as they think that they are pregnant. And also continue attending your doctor appointments from the start to the end of your pregnancy. The new diet habits have to change for the better, while the baby is still the belly.
There are drinks that are very healthy for the mother and her unborn child, like:
- Mango juice
- Carrot juice
- Tomato juice
- 100% Orange juice
- real Cranberry juice (Ocean Spray)
- 100% Apple juice
There are other authentic juices to drink for pregnant women. But avoid drinking caffeine and sugary drinks, such as: coffee, colas, sodas, so called fruit drinks, and any other sugar beverages. Many pregnant women drink herbal teas; just add honey instead of sugar to your cup of herbal tea.
Exercise During Pregnancy
Exercise is a good way to stay healthy as a pregnant woman. Walking 2 times a week is a way to keep good cardiovascular health, a healthy heart. Doing the right things while pregnant can prevent you from having diabetes while pregnant and exercising is the right thing to do. Many women develop diabetes while pregnant and then it goes away after the baby is born. But who wants diabetes while their pregnant? No one intends on having pregnancy diabetes. That's why exercising is really important in maintaining a healthy pregnancy, it helps with reducing health problems.
Healthy Baby Books Tips
Further, there are books that can help with the concerns of your new baby, once the baby is born. While you're pregnant get as much useful information as possible from your doctor, books, magazines, and other mothers, about the concerns you have. Many books on how to have a healthy pregnancy are at your local library. Also libraries have books on 'parenting' as well. For instance, if you thought about breastfeeding, learn a few things about it now while you're pregnant. Stay educated on your pregnancy and your new baby. Stay healthy and make it a lifestyle, not just for you, but for your children. Finally, as your stomach gets bigger, you will need maternity clothing. Wearing clothes made for pregnant women is important, and loose clothing will help your circulation flow better. Besides, it's comfortable wearing maternity clothes; and safer.
Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant
Pregnant women that drink alcohol are not looking out for the best interest of their unborn baby. Drinking alcohol while pregnant is a very risky behavior as a pregnant mother. It can cause the pregnancy to miscarriage, or cause harm to the pregnant mother's health. The new baby could develop health problems due to the mother drinking alcohol while pregnant such as:
- Brain development problems
- Neurological problems
- Behavioral problems
- Difficulties learning
- Mental retardation
- Physical problems
A pregnant mother that drinks alcohol while pregnant is a selfish act; pregnant women have to think about their new baby every time they eat or drink anything.
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