Pregnancy Health Tips
Pregnancy, especially for a first time mum, is an incredibly precious time. Inside your womb is a new life. This little individual is growing bigger and stronger by the day, thanks to the nutrition and energy which you are providing it with. It’s therefore very important to take good care of yourself when you’re pregnant, thereby ensuring that you are giving your unborn child the very best start in life.
Below are a few things you can consider to help support good health during your pregnancy!
Research shows that a pregnant woman needs an 300 extra calories approximately, per day, to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These extra calories should come from a healthy and balanced diet composed of proteins, fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. Sweets and fats should be kept to a minimum and alcohol should be completely avoided. If possible, try to stick to organically grown produce as it should be free from potentially harmful chemicals such as herbicides or pesticides, which are widely used on non-organic crops or animal feed.
Most forms of exercise are safe to perform during pregnancy. However, expecting mothers should exercise with caution and avoid putting themselves under too much strain. It is believed that the physical activities which are best suited to pregnancy are:
- brisk walking
- stationary indoor cycling
- cross-trainer, step or elliptical machines
- low-impact aerobics
As the Latin proverb goes: “mens sana in corpore sano” which translates as “a sound mind in a sound body”. Whilst it’s important for expecting women to maintain good physical health during pregnancy, one must not forget the important of mental health.
Women (and men too) can experience mental health issues during pregnancy (this is called the ‘antenatal’ period), as well as after birth (this is called the ‘postnatal’ period). For some people, pregnancy can lead to conditions such as depression. anxiety.
It’s therefore important to pay particular important to your mental well-being and perhaps introduce daily mindfulness routines and meditation in order to help cope with any potential stress or worries associated with the pending arrival of baby.
Whilst bed rest was traditionally recommended during pregnancy, recent research has found that it is no longer recommended for most conditions. Whilst it’s believed that bed rest can increase blood flow to the placenta, there is no evidence to support that it may decrease the risk of premature birth. In the situations when bed rest is recommended by your doctor, it is prescribed at varying agrees.
Regarding taking time out of work, it’s really a matter of personal preference. Depending on which country you live in and on the health care laws of your country, when you are entitled to take your maternity leave varies. Some women decide or have no choice but to work right up until their due date.