Pregnancy can be such a wonderful time despite the many changes you will go through which can be pretty distressing. There is morning sickness, insomnia, back pain, heartburn, skin changes and constipation, to name a few.
Doesn’t sound very nice, but that’s because it isn’t. Nobody wants to go through these changes. However, growing inside your amazing body is a life that you helped to create; your own flesh and blood.
The miracle of life is one of the most amazing things in the universe. The innocent life that is growing within you will make it all worthwhile. You really need to look after yourself in many ways to help your growing baby. Here are a few things you should do during pregnancy.
1. A Good Balanced Diet
If you have always been someone who looked after yourself by eating well and staying disciplined, then you have less to worry about. However, a lot of people might not have been like this. That has to change right now! You have to be more conscious of what you’re eating and make sure to get all the proper nutritional requirements while you are pregnant. Make sure to get those B-vitamins and things like iron and folic acid. For proper brain development, make sure to consume omega-fatty acids that can be found in fish oil. You can always speak to a registered dietician for help and advice. Hospitals will have dieticians, which is convenient.
2. Keep Fit
Even though you are pregnant, you should still keep fit. Obviously, speak to your doctor for more advice, but you can participate in swimming, walking and some light activities. Don’t overdo it though. Stay comfortable and do it at your own pace. There is evidence to suggest that keeping fit can reduce the risk of some complications.
3. Have A Healthy Lifestyle
Try to maintain a healthier lifestyle during your pregnancy. This can be difficult for some people. For example, you may be a smoker and you may enjoy more than the occasional drink. While this may be fine up to this point (even though it isn’t really fine!), you really need to stay focused and disciplined and stop the booze and nicotine for a while. It can affect the baby both physically and mentally. Honestly, would you really want that? Of course not, but it’s understandable that it can be hard to stop, so, if you need help stopping it, then go for it. It’s okay that you might not be able to do it on your own. Caffeine and sodas might be okay, but if you can, give that a miss as well.
This is a stressful time, so you need to get some rest and proper relaxation. Get proper sleep and take naps if you need to. Always be in tune with your body and listen to it. If you feel burned out and need a break, take it! Prenatal yoga is good for helping you relax. Yoga focuses on your breath, something that will be useful in a few months!
5. Think About Cord Blood Banking
You might want to consider banking your cord blood to help your baby later on in life. Stem cells in cord blood can save your child’s life one day and possibly that of a sibling as well. Investing in cord blood is investing in the most precious thing – the life of your child. It is definitely something worth considering.