Top Tips to Ensure Pregnancy Health for Both Mom and Baby

pregnancy test

Finally the pregnancy test kit shows that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an OB-GYN, and after undergoing a battery of tests, the doctor confirms that you really are pregnant.

Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. However, it can also pose innumerable health risks to the mother and baby. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman's life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant, taking some precautions for health maintenance is downright required.

Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can ensure the health of her baby and herself, too.

eating an apple

Eat well, conceive well. It's not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. Who knows, you might already be eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do the mother and the young life inside her just right. Of course, those extra calories should not come from junk food.

vitamin

Supplement your wellness.A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid during early pregnancy, and if possible, before conception as well. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, when taken 400 mcg daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having a baby born with neural tube defects. Folic acid is found naturally in green, leafy vegetables.

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habits

Away with your vices. It may be awfully hard for you to quit smoking or stop drinking alcohol but now is high time for you to rethink your actions. The nicotine from cigarettes and alcohol from alcoholic beverages can harm your growing baby. Usually, babies from mothers that have been smoking are born with low birth weight, are prone to being born prematurely, and may die from sudden infant death syndrome, as compared to babies of non-smoking moms. Caffeine should be avoided as well. So, say ta-ta to your espressos and brewed fraps for your baby's sake.

doctor

Precautions schmasions. Even before pregnancy, it won't hurt to get prenatal care. Making sure that you are immune to certain diseases that might affect your pregnancy counts a lot. An example of diseases that a pregnant woman should be cautious of is rubella or German measles. Knowing your blood type will also help you prepare for any medical condition that you might encounter during pregnancy.

pregnant fitness

Exercise properly for you and your baby. Exercising is one good way to help keep a pregnant woman fit; exercising helps keep her baby healthy, as well. However, there are certain conditions that OB-GYN's need to approve before a pregnant woman can do any exercise. Important forms of exercise that can be done during pregnancy include those that help improve the muscles' endurance. Stretching can help a lot too, but all of these activities should be done with ample precaution, of course.

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It all boils down to the fact that if a woman would like to have a healthy pregnancy, she has to simply have a healthy lifestyle.

 

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  1. Mamasita says:

    Helpful information

  2. NunuMAME says:

    I LOVE vegetables nd fruits i do have cramps sometime but with twins i can say i feel great ,only thing annoying is going to sleep ND not knowing i’m sleepy ughh

  3. Alicefaye says:

    I’m very tired I feel completely worn out, and I’ve been very sick with morning sickness. I’ve had trouble holding anything down for the past 2 days, not even water….it was bad for a few days then I was able to eat again, but now I can’t hold anything down. I was sent home from work because I can’t stop throwing up. I’m 9 weeks and this is my first, is this normal?

  4. Marilyn says:

    I’m eating much better with this pregnancy, but I’m much more tired this time around. Exercise is hard when I’m so tired all the time.

  5. Robyn says:

    Great information.

  6. Jeniffer says:

    What a nice tips. We should take care of ourself and baby. I so excited to welcome my first baby. I also noted down some nice names for both genders. For the baby names and meaning, I baookmarked a website http://www.babynology.com

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  8. Summertime94 says:

    all i crave is potatoes and sweet things its hard to eat healthy cause i am very picky

  9. mommymormor says:

    I crave cheese sticks so much!!!!

  10. I do yoga n try to walk but with this weather is hard to do it

  11. monette3 says:

    I really need to work on my nutrition and exercise more. It’s hard when I feel so sick and tired all of the time.

  12. I was hoping to find some info about pregnancy depression and anxiety. Has anyone seen any articles like that on this site? It’s an amazing site, but I don’t recall seeing any articles like this =[

  13. beautifro says:

    I wish I could go out and exercise more. It’s just so hot where I live and the gym always bores me

  14. Julie says:

    Good article, although it seems like this stuff is common sense to me.

  15. Jessica says:

    Good info. but I have no energy to try exercising after a long day of work, house work and keeping my 6 and 7 year olds outta trouble!

  16. Sasoo says:

    I wouldn’t spend too much time on my back if you do pilates. You can always ask your instructor for modified moves. I used to do both pilates and yoga but feel much safer doing yoga.

  17. I would check with your doctor, but what I think I remember is that if you were already doing pilates, then you could continue with modifications, but you’re not supposed to start doing pilates while pregnant.

  18. can you do pilates?

  19. tricia31 says:

    i just found out yesterday we are expecting bay number 4, i had lost 6 pounds already and have been walking 2 to 3 miles a day and eating healthy andi plan on keep doing it.

  20. Grace says:

    walking is good enough for me, lol. but yeah it really is because for me i don’t have all my lungs….

  21. xurai says:

    walking is the best for me as i easily get dizzy. check with ur obgyn

  22. monica says:

    is walking good enough or do i need to do more?? lol

  23. krsy001 says:

    Walking is what I was told would be good… not fast walking but a steady pace

  24. krsy001 says:

    I haven’t heard of the vaccination for Whooping cough while being pregnant… or i guess I should say that my Doctor hasn’t mentioned anything to me about this. Are we supposed to get this?

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