We are so happy to get all of the e-mails we receive from our customers telling us they are pregnant, and how much they love our program, and are excited they are moving onto our mind+body program for Pregnancy and Delivery. We thought it would be nice to do a blog post talking about ways to stay healthy during your pregnancy.
When you’ve been trying for a baby and have just noticed the early signs of pregnancy, we know that it is an extremely emotional time. It is an extremely happy time, but we also know that it can cause anxiety – “Are the signs are really there or am I just imagining them?”, or when confirmed that you are pregnant, you begin to worry that you will not go full-term and deliver a healthy baby. Use this anxiety energy to put a health plan into action. You might have been putting it together while you researched how to get pregnant, but don’t worry if you don’t have anything set in stone it is still not too late to get started.
In all honesty, common sense plays a big part in keeping both you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. Maintaining a healthy body is absolutely vital to giving your baby a healthy body. First and foremost, as you will know, it is highly recommended that you stop smoking and limit drinking (both alcohol and caffeine) to a minimum because these habits, if done to excess, can give your baby learning difficulties and growth restrictions.
It is not absolutely irreverent to drink during pregnancy. The NHS advises that you can drink but that you should consume no more than 1-2 units of alcohol per week if you want to drink but it is, of course, better to consume none at all. Smoking increases the work-rate of the baby’s heart because it restricts the oxygen supply that is so vital to its development.
Staying in shape is a great way to help your body prepare for labor and cope with the general strains of being pregnant. Your constantly changing shape and weight is taxing on your body, so it certainly won’t hurt you or the baby to exercise as regularly as you can. Being pregnant is difficult enough as it is, so be sure not to exert yourself too much. Try a few brisk strolls and a spot of yoga each week – nothing that is going to make you out of breath.
What you eat, too, is paramount to a perfect pregnancy. The first thing you should remember is that you’ve got two people to feed now, so you will be eating more than usual. It is entirely natural to want to snack throughout the day because your body will be digesting the food you eat much quicker. Starches, fibre and calcium are at the top of the list for most pregnant ladies, unless, of course, you have intolerance to any such things.
At each stage of your pregnancy, it is great to have a plan and stick to it, to have a daily or weekly routine to keep you in shape, positive and, most importantly, excited about being pregnant. There is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy having a baby in your tummy as much as having one in your arms.