In order to have a good pregnancy, it is essential to be mentally calm and prepared, in addition to focusing on our physical health. The harmony we seek in our pregnancy are based on these simple tips for a good pregnancy:
1. Perform exercise during pregnancy
To have an ideal weight, for our well-being and for the baby, it is very important to perform physical exercise. It will help us do swimming, yoga, walking, Pilates …
Performing consistent but moderate exercise will help us to make our cardiovascular and muscular condition favorable, and we will also correct our position. This will provide the pregnant patient with a better physical condition in order to be able to cope better with pregnancy, and also with less risk.
Physical activity will help us fight stress in an excellent way, and will increase our levels of serotonin, a substance closely related to our mood.
If you go to the gym, you will have to avoid the saunas, and the very hot baths during pregnancy.
2. Take care of your food
During pregnancy you should not eat twice as much as you need, what’s more, you only need 300 extra calories a day. You have to consume a lot of protein. The amount of calcium, however, is the same, but during this stage, it is very essential to ensure that you should consume it, for a better development of your baby’s bones. We must know that we should avoid raw meats, soft cheeses, dairy or unpasteurized juices, or raw fish and shellfish. We will avoid certain fish as they may contain high levels of mercury.
3. Rest well
If you feel rest during the first and third trimester of pregnancy it is very likely that your body is asking you for a better rest. Rest as long as your body asks you to, temporarily leave some of your responsibilities and rest. Raise your legs and stay relaxed.
4. Not to alcohol, tobacco or coffee.
Do not drink alcohol or smoke. Any amount you ingest will eventually pass into the bloodstream and will cross the placenta quickly reaching the baby; Which may end up with a higher blood alcohol level even than yours. This may increase your chances of having learning, speech, attention, language problems … It will increase spontaneous abortion, or the baby will be born lifeless.
In addition, any drug will pass into the baby’s bloodstream. Marijuana restricts baby growth and will cause withdrawal symptoms (tremors) to the baby.
Cocaine is very dangerous during pregnancy. It restricts the flow of blood to the uterus and may cause miscarriage, or premature labor.
If smoking tobacco during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, and the baby has severe growth problems or a placental abruption.
The cigarettes you avoid during your pregnancy will give your baby a great chance to be born healthy. If you cannot stop smoking for yourself, you should ask your doctor for help.
Also, remember that cigarette smoke from other smokers also poses risks to the baby.
As for caffeine, it is advisable for women to limit their caffeine intake. Women who drink caffeine during pregnancy double the risk of miscarriage or placental abruption. This stimulant may also interfere with your sleep hours and may cause headaches or heartburn.
5. Take care of your emotional health
Mood swings are common during pregnancy, But if your mood swings are overdone you may be going through a depression.
If you feel depressed, anxious, and there is nothing that can make you feel better, it is advisable to talk to your doctor to recommend you to a specialist.
6. Wear proper clothing
You must wear very comfortable clothes, including shoes; Suitable to the weight and volume that we are going to experience. This will help us to circulate blood better, and to keep our skin healthier.
7. Go to your doctor visits
You must go to the gynecologist periodically, to do the necessary tests and to have prenatal care. We will monitor the health of our baby, and ours; Being able to communicate to the specialist all our doubts and worries.