How to have a healthy pregnancy | guest post

Every woman wishes for a healthy non-complicated pregnancy.

It is important to remember that every woman’s body is different and not all pregnancies are the same.

Following these few simple guidelines can help to ensure a successful pregnancy.

1. Visit your Doctor
Visit your doctor as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Continue to make regular visits to check progress and your health. It is important to listen to your body. Should you experience any dizziness, pain and or bleeding through your pregnancy it is advised to see your health care provider immediately.

2. Eat well
Eating well is essential to ensure you get the correct amount of nutrients to keep your body going. All the food you consume affects your unborn baby. Avoid fish high in mercury such as tuna, swordfish,
marlin and shark. Avoid raw seafood, poultry and meats, deli food, soft cheeses and re-heated leftovers. Bacteria may be found in these foods and may be harmful to your
unborn child.
Practice good food hygiene and always wash down benches and chopping boards, especially after chopping uncooked meat to avoid contamination that could result in food poisoning.

3. Keep hydrated
Drink plenty of water. Avoid too many sugary drinks as they can lead to gestational diabetes and will
dehydrate you.

4. Nil Alcohol
It is advised not to drink alcohol whilst pregnant as alcohol can affect the development of your unborn child.

5. Nil Smoking
Whilst giving up smoking is not easy. It is advised not to smoke while pregnant. Passive smoking has been proven to be just as harmful if not worse than smoking directly.

6. Limit Caffeine
It is recommend to limit your caffeine intake. Whilst the experts say you can still drink coffee while
pregnant, they recommend no more than 1 cup per day.

7. Environmental Hazards
Be aware of the environment you are in. Fumes and toxins you breathe in can affect your baby.
When cleaning it is advised to wear gloves and to wear a mask over your mouth and nose as to avoid
contact with harmful chemicals and smells.

8. Healthy weight gain
Keep active during your pregnancy. Regular exercise will help to keep your body mobile and supple.
Choose low to medium impact exercise such as yoga, pilates, walking, dancing and/or gym workouts. It is always advised to check with your health care provider before embarking on an exercise routine,
particularly if you are not used to exercise.

9. Mental health
Look after yourself mentally. Keep calm and stress free. Yoga and meditation are wonderful tools to help keep you centered and feeling energized. Rest is also very important and will help to reduce
stress. Some women may find that a mid-day nap is required as energy levels may be low.

10. Take supplements
It is advised to take a folic acid supplement during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Folic acid helps to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in babies. Omega 3 (essential fatty acids) and a good women’s multi are also recommended to help ensure you get the necessary vitamins and minerals to grow a healthy child.

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