Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Are you looking for pregnancy tips? Here are the tips that ensure you to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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Educate Yourself

Attending a childbirth class will make you ready for baby delivery. You can learn about childbirth & infant care, and can voice if you have any concerns. Now, it’s the right time to brush up your family medical history. Discuss with your doctor about issues with previous pregnancies, and explain if there are any family incidences of birth defects.

Exercise

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Good exercise helps you with weight control, improves blood circulation, and boosts your mood.  Also, it helps in getting back to the shape after your child birth. Pilates, yoga, walking, and swimming are few great activities recommended for pregnant women. But, make sure you consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on regular basis.

Practice Kegels

Practice Kegels

Kegel exercises strengthen pelvic floor muscles supporting your bowel, bladder, and uterus. These exercises also help in preventing or controlling urinary incontinence. It makes delivery easy without any birth and labor complications.

 Track Your Weight Gain

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We know – you are eating for two, so gaining weight is commonly seen in pregnant women. At the same time, not gaining enough weight will put the baby at risk of a low-weight birth. Here, we discuss the recommendations of Institute of Medicine based on woman’s BMI before becoming pregnant.

  • Underweight: Gain 28-40 pounds
  • Normal weight: Gain 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight: Gain 15-25 pounds
  • Obese: Gain 11-20 pounds

Get Some Rest

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The best way to have a good night sleep is to practice relaxation techniques such as breathing, stretching, yoga and massage. Just listen to your body and decide how many hours of sleep you need.

Alcohol

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Just say no to alcohol when you are pregnant. The alcohol you take will directly reach your baby through blood stream, crossing placenta, and your baby will have more alcohol levels than you have. A research states that moms who take one drink per week are more likely to have kids who later show aggressive behavior than non-drinkers. (Reference: http://www.babycenter.com/0_drinking-alcohol-during-pregnancy_3542.bc ). Pregnant women who take two drinks a day are at higher risk for giving birth to a baby with a special condition known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Alcohol consumption also increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

Stop Smoking

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Smoking is highly dangerous for pregnant women. It increases the risk of growth problems, placental abruption, miscarriage and premature delivery. Some research also states that smoking increases the risk of having a baby with a cleft lip or palate. It’s never too late to quit smoking, and the each unlighted cigarette will give a healthy life to your baby. Quit smoking and also stay away from secondhand smoke.

So, it is recommended to follow these tips to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

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