The pregnancy basics you need to feel great throughout your nine months, writes Emma Deane =
Ensuring you are fit and healthy while you’re pregnant is the very best way to avoid those nasty niggles, and to give your baby the very best start.
There are lots of things you can do to boost your health.
6 top tips to boost your pregnancy health
A healthy, balanced diet is absolutely essential during pregnancy, particularly during the first three months.
You don’t need to boost your calorie intake by a signigicant amount until the last trimester, but you do need to be choosy and informed about what you eat.
Fresh fruit, veg and wholegrains are a must in your diet and also include daily portions of protein, such as meat, fish and dairy foods.
A healthy, well-balanced diet will provide you with most of the nutrients you and your baby need but you should also take folic acid supplements (about 400 micrograms daily) from the time you are first trying to conceive and on in to your first 12 weeks.
Avoid the big no-nos
If you follow only one step in this plan for a healthy pregnancy, avoid the big no-nos: don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs (this includes over the counter medications that your doctor has not approved).
There are many debates about how these habits can affect your baby.
The very fact that it is slightly possible to cause injury to your baby should be enough for you to avoid indulging in any of them during your pregnancy.
The use of caffeine during pregnancy is debatable. If you normally drink coffee, tea or coke on a regular basis, you should discuss this with your doctor.
Overdoing it can be just as detrimental to your baby, as doing nothing at all.
However, a gentle exercise regime including yoga, swimming or walking will be absolutely great for both you and your baby.
Not only will physical fitness mean that you are more likely to have a shorter labour, but a fit bod will also ward off pregnancy niggles such as backache and excess weight gain.
Change it up
Expectant mothers often worry that, now that they are pregnant, they will miss out of some of the things they used to enjoy.
In fact, this can be a time to discover a new hobby or interest, and make the most of your time.
If you are a fitness fan, you can alter your routine from high-impact sports and perhaps take up yoga or swimming.
If your favourite way of kicking back is a night of cosmos and clubbing with the girls, why not arrange to do something different with them, such as a spa break, cinema trip or long lazy lunch.
Remember, if you’re stressed your baby will feel stressed too.
Try to rest and relax as much as possible, as this will calm your baby and keep high blood pressure at bay.
Make time for naps during the day, or if you are working go to bed as early as you can when you get home.
Yoga and aromatherapy are also great ways of chilling out and aiding relaxation.
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