A happy and healthy pregnancy is the dream of every mother worldwide. More often than not, we are consumed with plenty of worries regarding pregnancy and motherhood. It is important to take care of everything else but you come first. Here are some effective and easy ways to ensure that you have a happy and healthy pregnancy without doing much or making drastic changes to your current routine:
#1 You can do it
Get rid of those insecurities. Numerous women across the world do it every day. This pregnancy is unique, beautiful and one of the best things that have happened to you. You have to believe in yourself and your ability to get through it. Give yourself those pep talks whenever you need them. If you believe, you can.
#2 Regular workouts are important
Do not indulge in heavy lifting but do not give up on workouts completely. Yes, it is important to keep yourself well-rested and comfortable but exercising is very important for a healthy pregnancy. Try different things like yoga or Pilates. Or just go for a walk every day. Keep yourself active.
#3 Get comfortable shoes
Your feet swell up during pregnancy and this is completely normal. Many women experience an increase in shoe size during pregnancy. It is important to get comfortable walking shoes and sandals and pack away those stilettos for a while. Sandals and flip-flops can be pretty too. You can occasionally wear your pretty heels but why risk it.
#4 Use pregnancy-safe cosmetics
Your skin absorbs everything that you put on it. This is why it is very important to watch the products that you are using carefully and make sure that you read the label and understand the ingredients that are used in the composition. Everything that your skin absorbs has the potential to reach your baby and can potentially harm them.
#5 Stay Hydrated
Do you know what is the best remedy to prevent water retention which is the main cause of swelling in your body? Drink more water. As ironic as it sounds, it is very important to keep hydrated during pregnancy to keep electrolyte levels in balance and prevent swelling. Besides, it is always good to stay hydrated.
#6 Eat better
Focus on eating more whole foods and ensuring that you have good nutrition. Eat all the vegetables, fruits, yoghurts and healthy food that you can. Make sure that you consume a balanced diet rich in micronutrients including essential vitamins and lots of protein. Do not eat any undercooked meat or fish.
#7 Hit the Spa! But do it right
If you have any doubts, consult with your doctor first before getting a spa done. Talk to your massage therapist and tell them that you are pregnant so that they are more careful when it comes to selecting oils and lotions for you. Some of them can induce contractions in the uterus. Also, avoid hot baths and overheating your body.
#8 Work on those muscle cramps
Drinking lots of water can reduce muscle cramps. Also, make sure that you stretch enough before doing any physical exercise. Work on relieving muscle cramps by giving yourself massages or visiting a specialist who can. Apply an ice pack wherever you have cramps.
#9 Sleep right
If you are someone who is used to sleeping on your back or stomach, pregnancy is not the right time to do so. Get used to sleeping on the sides, the left side is preferable because some studies suggest that it improves blood flow to the placenta. Keep your knees bent for extra comfort. Avoid sleeping on the back as it cuts blood flow through major blood vessels (because the uterus presses on it).
#10 Use a lot of *safe* sunscreen
Do not keep your daily dose of vitamin D but be careful when you go out in the sun. Use a good amount of sunscreen to take care of your skin. If you can avoid sunbathing and stay indoors more especially during summertime, then this is a better option during pregnancy. Your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight during this period. Also, make sure that you protect your eyes by keeping those sunglasses on.
#11 Choose herbal options whenever you can
This does not mean that you have to avoid the medication suggested by your doctor. Before you try any home remedies to relieve nausea, heartburn and other symptoms of pregnancy, consult with your doctor and ask them if these are safe. Generally, they are safe. During pregnancy, a lot of western medication have to be avoided and home remedies might be your only source of relief.
#12 Flights- Do it right!
Between the 14th and 28th weeks of pregnancy, the chances of miscarriage are considerably lower. Also, you experience less discomfort such as nausea. Inform the airline that you are pregnant and ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to fly. You can choose the aisle seat because it is necessary to walk around now and then so that your feet don’t swell up.
Such simple changes can improve your pregnancy experience tremendously! Be safe and have a great time while preparing to welcome your little bundle of happiness.