Motherhood is one of the most beautiful things that can happen to a woman. Due to the hormones changes that occur during pregnancy, every woman is different. Some might have crazy cravings and get nauseous frequently. Some don’t get any morning sickness at all. There are some women who find it difficult to stand for too long because their stomach suddenly feels heavy.
Having a baby is a time of joy and anticipation. But it’s also an important transition period for women and babies. And in this period, you must take care of your physical and mental health. Let’s take a look at some best practices to follow when it comes to your health and that of your child.
- Keep regular doctor’s appointments. It is more likely that problems will not develop during pregnancy if you receive prenatal care.
- Pregnant women should take folic acid throughout their pregnancy. By getting enough, you will reduce any risks of having birth defects.
- Stay hydrated, especially by drinking water.
- Maintain an active lifestyle unless your doctor advises otherwise.
- It is important to wash your hands often after using the bathroom or handling raw meat.
- Get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. Blood flows better to you and your baby when you rest on your left side. Put pillows under your head for support and comfort.
- Set limits to control your stress levels and don’t be afraid to say no or ask for help.
- Vaccinate yourself against the flu. Flu can make pregnant women very sick and they may need medical care.
- You should discuss any medication you’re taking with your doctor, whether it’s a prescription, an over-the-counter medicine, or a herbal remedy.
- Take advantage of childbirth classes, such as the one available at Treasurehold Specialist Hospital.
- Keep your seatbelt on at all times.
- Consume a wide variety of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.
- Smoking is bad for your health. You will not be able to provide important nutrients to your growing baby if you smoke during pregnancy and will increase your chances of miscarriage, infant mortality, and preterm birth.
- Avoid using toxic products and chemicals, including cleaning supplies and paints.
- Stay away from alcohol. Alcohol consumption by pregnant women is not proven to be safe in any way.
- Don’t take illegal drugs.
- Do not eat fish that contain high levels of mercury, such as swordfish, king mackerel, sharks, and tilefish.
- Do not change or clean the litter box of a cat. You can become infected with toxoplasmosis, an infection which can harm your baby.
- Keep rodents away from your house. Babies can get infected with viruses from them.
- You should not take a hot bath, or use a hot tub or sauna. They can harm your baby or make you faint.
- Avoid using scented feminine care products because they can irritate the vaginal area and potentially increase your risk of getting a UTI.
- Pregnant women should refrain from taking X-rays and must inform their dentist or doctor that they are pregnant before having dental work or diagnostic tests.
- Don’t douche. In addition to irritating your vagina, douching can also inject air into your birth canal, increasing your risk of infection.
Do you have a birth plan yet? Visit Treasurehold Specialist Hospital to learn more.