Having a baby is an exciting moment. However, the nine months leading
up to the experience can be a bit unnerving. Most women worry throughout
their pregnancy about the health of their baby. To alleviate the stress
and worry that often creep up during pregnancy, plan instead to have a
healthy pregnancy and you can rest assured that you have done your very
best to have a healthy baby.
1. Get in Shape Early. When you find out that youíre pregnant is not
the time to start a new diet or exercise program. If you are planning to
become pregnant, make sure you are at a healthy weight and in the best
physical activity. Doing this will help you during your pregnancy and can
help you to have a problem-free delivery. If your pregnancy is unexpected
and you arenít in the best shape possible, donít worry about it. It is
possible to have a healthy baby while limiting the amount of excess weight
that you gain. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will give your baby
the nourishment it needs while helping you to limit the amount of weight
2. Your Baby is What You Eat. Your baby depends on the lifeline that
you and they share to grow properly. Following a diet that includes all
the major food groups is probably the simplest approach to a healthy diet.
You may discover your appetite changing during the course of your pregnancy.
This is common and shouldnít alarm you if you have unusual food cravings.
It is quite acceptable to enjoy ďbadĒ food once in a while, as long as
you limit how frequently you indulge in these foods. Since some nutrients
arenít abundant in most foods, doctors often recommend that pregnant women
begin taking vitamin formulas designed specifically for them.
3. Exercise regularly. While a rigorous exercise program is unsuitable
when you are pregnant, it is a good idea to try and get some exercise every
day. Many women are nervous about doing anything that may harm their baby.
Walking on a daily basis is beneficial for your health as well as for your
baby. Before you begin any exercise program, you should first discuss your
plans with your doctor.
4. Avoid the big no-nos. If you follow only one step in this plan for
a healthy pregnancy, avoid the big no-nos: donít drink, smoke, or take
drugs (this includes medications that your doctor has not approved). There
are many debates about how these habits can affect your baby. The very
fact that it is slightly possible to cause injury to your baby should be
enough for you to avoid indulging in any of them during your pregnancy.
The use of caffeine during pregnancy is debatable. You should discuss this
with your doctor if you normally consume coffee, tea, or soda on a regular
5. Pamper Yourself. Pregnancy is a special time and people will treat
you with more attention. You should relish in this time because soon things
will return to normal! Donít forget to give yourself special attention.
Remember, if youíre stressed your baby will feel stressed too. One of the
most important things you can do to pamper yourself is to get sufficient
rest. If before you were pregnant you spent days burning the midnight oil,
you need to make sure you have this habit licked before you become pregnant.
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