Being pregnant is hard work. Not only are you growing as a person, you are also growing a person inside of you. There are so many tips to help you make the best of your pregnancy. First, you need to change your dietary habits. You need to include more healthy foods in your diet. Next, you need to exercise. According to About.com, 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.?(http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/preconceptionalhe/a/50tips.htm).
Try to educate yourself. Read pregnancy books. Read blogs. Read about other people’s experience, so you know what to anticipate. Ask people about their experience. Do not be shy. This is the time for you to reach out and learn about what you are about to potentially experience. Next, make sure you quit smoking. There are many programs out there to help you quit.
Speaking of healthy living, you need to take 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. Make sure you eat vegetables, fruits, and legumes. Remember to add 300 – 500 calories a day while pregnant. You are going to need the extra calories for the baby to be well nourished.
Make sure that you are avoiding chemicals. Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive. This includes alcohol and cigarettes, remember. So, no drinking, no smoking, and no drugs unless they are prescribed.
This leads me to another point: talking to your doctors. Another thing you must do is to 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. Doing this will help you avoid any damage that can happen to your baby during your pregnancy. Another thing you can avoid is changing the cat litter as it has toxins that are not good for your baby.
Next, remember to rest, journal, and drink lots of water. As always, remember to smile a lot. Take photographs of you pregnant, embrace your new figure, even if it is temporary. A friend of mine took pictures of her baby bump every week until she gave birth and it was the most beautiful chronology I have ever seen (and I am not too crazy about children, too!). So, remember that this is a privilege. Not many people can have children and you are blessed to have this child. Write a gratitude journal, remember that you are blessed to have this child, planned or not. Good luck.