TAKING CARE OF YOU AND YOUR BABY WHILE YOU’RE PREGNANT

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TEN THINGS MOTHERS SHOULD DO DURING PREGNANCY

Here are some tips which may help you and your baby to stay healthy. There is no issue in it, if the mother is healthy then the baby will get all the nutrients he/she needed.

Follow these steps to always stay healthy -

  • 1. BIRTH PLAN
    Write down your wishes and give a copy to everyone including these points.
    • Who you want to be present with you that day
    • Procedures you want to avoid
    • What positions you prefer for delivery
    • What clothing you want to wear, which makes you more comfortable
    • Whether you want pain medications or not
    • What to do if complications arises

  • 2. BE AN EDUCATED MOTHER
  • Childbirth class helps you in feeling more prepared for delivery. You can ask specific questions ,also about the past experiences. You can ask anything you want to. Know more about pregnancy. Read books and pamphlets or magazines to know more. Being educated is the first step in educating your baby. Be an educated and a caring mother.


  • 3. PRENATAL VITAMIN
  • These vitamins helps in development of your baby's neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord. So it's important you get essential nutrients, like calcium, and iron. They are available over the counter at most drug stores, or you can get them by prescription from your doctor.

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  • 4. EXERCISE
  • This helps you reducing stress, controlling your weight, improve circulation. Morning walks can helps you too.Yoga, swimming, and walking are also great activities. But please do take a note from doctor about what to do and what not.Listen to your body, though, and don't force yourself in anyway.

  • 5. THINGS NOT TO DO

    1. Scrubbing and cleaning are the first thing to avoid. Avoid cleaning bathrooms, kitchen etc.
    2. Heavy weight lifting should be avoided. Lifting them up may harm you are your baby too.
    3. Climbing up on step tools or ladders are dangerous for health. Avoid doing all these activities.
    4. Standing for a long time ,especially near hot stove or in sun should also not to be done.
    5. Mostly women spend their time in yards or in the parks, then for this purpose always wear gloves where cats or any other animal may have been, and wash your hands thoroughly after handling raw meat.
  • 6. WEAR SUNSCREEN
  • When you are pregnant your skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight, so you're more prone to sunburn . Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Always prefer chemicals free cream. Always wear a hat and sunglasses. While no studies prove spending time in tanning beds can hurt your baby but still we should do as much we can to save our baby from being harm. Sunscreen will help your body to remain at a normal temperature and will provide a safe environment to you both.

  • 7. BE AWARE WHILE TRAVELLING
  • Travelling is good but only when, you follow some precautions. Travelling increases the risk of miscarriage. Check with your doctor about any travel plans, and make sure the airline has no restrictions for the same. Always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and get up and walk around every half hour to reduce the risk of blood clots.

    In the car, continue to wear a safety belt. The shoulder portion of the restraint should be positioned over the collar bone. The lap portion should be placed under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen.

  • 8. CRAVINGS
  • No one knows why cravings happen. It may be a nature's way of providing nutrient , mom may be lacking. Regardless, as long as you're eating an overall healthy diet, it's usually OK .

    Be careful to limit portion.

    A few foods to avoid: raw and undercooked meat or eggs; brie, feta, and other types of unpasteurized cheese; herbal teas; and raw sprouts.

  • 9. KNOW WHEN TO CALL DOCTOR
  • Being pregnant can be confusing, especially if its your first time. Try to be aware and always keep these symptoms in your mind.

    • Pain of any kind
    • Strong cramps
    • Contractions at 20-minute intervals
    • Vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Shortness of breath
    • Constant nausea and vomiting
    • Trouble walking
    • Decreased activity by the baby

    These points should be kept in your mind every time or in the last few months.

  • 10. RELAX
  • Relaxing your body is most important . Be sure to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and if you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day but always try to feel relaxed.

    A lunchtime manicure, night out with your friends but with precaution in minds. Don’t drink beers or any other alcohol. This may harm you and your baby too.

    Simply taking a quiet walk can help you in relaxing and its good for you both.

- Written By
Priyanka Jaiswal

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