From the time when you get to know that you’re pregnant with a baby, there are a lot of things you have to think about for the next nine months. If you want to lead a healthier life for both you and your baby’s good, you have to establish a series of good habits to make a start. Here are things you should do during pregnancy.
1. Find a doctor
As soon as you find out you're pregnant, call your doctor and schedule in your first antenatal (or prenatal) appointment. Most women like to make an appointment soon after they know they're pregnant. If this is your first pregnancy, you may need to see a doctor right away. Seeing a good doctor is critical to a successful pregnancy. Your doctor will confirm the pregnancy and advise you on choosing specialists to help monitor your pregnancy. You may also decide to see an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), family practitioner (FP), perinatologist, doula or a nurse-midwife according to your own need.
2. Take proper exercise
In order to maintain good health, even if you are pregnant, you must take some exercise. In fact, appropriate exercise in pregnancy leads to easier delivery time. Physical activity improves blood circulation and helps to bring more oxygen to your baby. Pregnancy women should get your body moving to gain energy, stay supple and shake off pregnancy lethargy. But talk to your doctor before you start exercising when you get pregnant.
3. Drink more water
Get enough nourishing fluids, such as water, to prevent constipation. Water expands blood volume and carries enough oxygen and nutrients to mothers and babies. Drink at least 2 liters of liquid every day. Coconut water is an important source of energy during pregnancy, which makes you feel refreshing. You can also drink some lemon juice (sprinkle a little pepper at room temperature to avoid sinus infections) because it can help you retain moisture and boost energy.
4. Get sufficient sleep
Good sleeping quality and correct sleeping posture are beneficial to the growth and development of the fetus. You may complain about sleep disorders during pregnancy, especially during pregnancy third trimester. Due to changes in hormone levels, you get fatigued and irritable easily. And you feel hard to get high-quality sleep since the big belly makes you uncomfortable in some sleeping positions and frequent bathroom visits keep you sleepless too. But there is nothing to worry about, you don’t have to be constrained by time. Just try to catch up with sleep and adequate rest even if during the day. This will definitely help you relax more.
5. Maintain nutrition
The key to a healthy pregnancy is to eat in proper quantity and good quality. Make sure that the foods you eat are balanced with all the nutrients that help your baby grows and empower you to carry a healthy baby. Pregnant women should avoid overeating. You can have more meals a day but less food at each. However, there are quite a number of pregnant mothers only know that the supplements of nutrition are inevitable, but don’t know what nutrition they exactly need and how to balance the diet scientifically. If you are just like that, check our previous articles - ‘What to eat during pregnancy’ and ‘What foods to avoid when pregnant’.
6. Dress comfortably
A mother-to-be should worry less about whether you look good or not during pregnancy. If you wear tight jeans or belts, it will cause both you and baby uncomfortable. Pregnant women should not restrict their stomachs. It would be better to wear light, loose and breathable clothing while pregnant. You are suggested to wear well-fit pants and sports bra when exercising. This will protect your breasts from ligament injuries and overstretching. In addition, make sure you wear comfortable sports shoes to help maintain balance.
'The moment a child is born, the mother is also born', said Rajneesh. You have to reconsider the way you live your life and change the downside, out of the responsibility of being a mum, and out of your love for the baby inside you. Cause your life is not only yours by the time you find out you are pregnant. A positive lifestyle is a very important aspect of a healthy pregnancy. Follow the pregnancy to-do list, and stay as healthy as possible from pregnancy to birth. What's more, we also made a pregnancy not-to-do list in case you need it!