When the pregnancy test comes back positive, you've begun a life-altering journey. As the baby grows and changes through each stage of pregnancy, you go through changes, too: in your body, emotions, and lifestyle. You need information to answer your questions and help you make good decisions for a healthy baby and a healthy you.
Read on out tips for a healthy pregnancy:
1. Start changing your food habits to include a healthy variety of foods
- Don't forget breakfast;
- Eat foods with fiber;
- Choose healthy snacks;
- Take a prenatal vitamin with iron and folic acid every day;
- Eat up to 12 ounces a week (2 average meals) of fish or shellfish;
- Stay away from soft cheeses and lunch meat;
- Limit caffeine and avoid alcohol - Drink decaffeinated coffee or tea. Drink water or seltzer instead of soda. Don't drink alcohol.
2. Check out a book on pregnancy
3. Educate yourself
4. Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you
5. Ask your friends about pregnancy and parenthood
6. Talk to your parents, what do you want to take from their experiences? How do you want to be different?
7. Stop changing cat litter
8. Use non-medicinal remedies for problems like nausea, heartburn, and constipation
9. Remember, it can take up to a year to become pregnant. If you have been actively trying for a year or more than six months if you are over 35, see your practitioner
10. Join a prenatal yoga or exercise class
11. Swimming is great in late pregnancy. It can help relieve a lot of aches and pains and makes you feel weightless
12. If you are decorating your house or a nursery remember to avoid fumes often associated with paint and wall paper. Perhaps have friends do the heavy work while you help make snacks for them. Keep the windows open
13. Stretch before bed to help prevent leg cramps
14. Take a picture of yourself before the baby comes
15. Write a birth plan. Something to help you clarify what you want or need for your birth experience. Share this with your practitioners and those you have invited to your birth