Trying for a baby? Being healthy before, during and after pregnancy involves so many different aspects of your life. So, we’ve compiled a quick list to help you stay on the healthy side.
- See your practitioner before becoming pregnant.
- Start changing your food habits to include a healthy variety of foods. Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes.
- Exercise! Starting now will help you stay in shape during pregnancy, can lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce labor complications and length.
- Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you.
- Take a prenatal vitamin. They can be prescribed by your practitioner or you can buy them over the counter. Ensure it contains 0.4 mg of folic acid.
- See your dentist before you get pregnant and brush your teeth daily.
- Tell any medical professional that you may be pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant. This can prevent exposure to harmful tests and chemicals if you are pregnant and don’t know it yet.
- Keep your prenatal appointments with your midwife or doctor. This will help ensure that if you have any problems that they are caught early and kept to a minimum.
- Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive.
- Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects.
- Use non-medicinal remedies for problems like nausea, heartburn, and constipation.
- Drink six – eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day.
- Take an early pregnancy class.
- Review the signs of premature labor and warnings signs for when to call your practitioner.
- Remember to add 300 – 500 calories a day while pregnant.
- It’s important to wear comfortable, nonrestricting shoes when you’re pregnant.
- Do pelvic tilts to help with late pregnancy back pain. It will help relieve your pain and even encourage the baby to assume a good birth position.
- Swimming is great in late pregnancy. It can help relieve a lot of aches and pains and makes you feel weightless.
- Track your cycles. Learning what you can about your cycles will help determine when you ovulate and when you conceived. These make for more accurate due dates.
Know When to Call the Doctor
Being pregnant can be confusing, especially if it’s your first time. How do you know which twinge is normal and which one isn’t? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:
- Strong cramps
- Contractions at 20-minute intervals
- Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid
- Dizziness or fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Constant nausea and vomiting
- Trouble walking, edema (swelling of joints)
- Decreased activity by the baby