Of course, there are no guarantees, but there are many things a woman can do to give herself the best possible chance of having a healthy pregnancy. One of the signs of a healthy pregnancy is the relationship that you have with your health care practitioner. This person will be the one you turn to when you have questions, worries, or doubts. They need to understand you and what you want, and be open-minded to embrace your point of view without judgment.
It is also important that your partner be involved in the choice of and the relationship with the health care practitioner. This is a very beautiful and intense time in your life, and you need people with you who are on your side, and a health care practitioner who will give you the best possible care and understanding. Below is a list of 10 tips to follow to promote a healthy and fit pregnancy.
Tip #1: Find a Doctor You Trust
As discussed, the number one tip is to find a health care practitioner with whom you (and your partner) can have a good relationship and maintain open communication.
Tip #2: Eat a Healthy Diet
Eat a healthy diet, which means plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, good lean sources of protein, whole grains, seeds and nuts, and eliminate junk food, caffeine, and alcohol completely.
Tip #3: Don’t Smoke!
Smoking during pregnancy contributes to babies with low birth weight. It may cause long-term learning disabilities as well as an increased chance of miscarriage, tubal pregnancy and infant mortality.
Tip #4: Take Prenatal Vitamins
Take a good prenatal multi-vitamin all throughout pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive, it’s a good idea to take the prenatal supplement before you become pregnant.
Tip #5: Maintain Good Hygiene
Make sure to keep up good cleanliness all during pregnancy to avoid prolonged contact with harmful bacteria. Wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom or handling raw meat. Make sure to wear gloves while gardening. Do not clean cat litter boxes. Cat litter contains pollutants, and toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can seriously harm your unborn baby. Have someone else in your household clean the litter box.
Tip #6: Avoid Intense Heat
Avoid saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms while pregnant, as these raise body temperature and can be quite stressful to your baby.
Tip #7: Don’t Diet
Don’t diet while pregnant. You must eat enough food to provide your baby with all the nutrients it needs. Just make sure not to gain more weight than your doctor recommends, and wait until your baby is born to start your diet.
Tip #8: Baby-proof Your Home
Start baby-proofing your home. Once you have delivered and are home, believe me, you will not have the time to do it. So take advantage of this time to decide exactly what changes you need to make to have a baby-safe home.
Tip #9: Nap
Get plenty of sleep! Your body is working very hard and needs enough rest to stay healthy. Make sure not to over-do it and take on too many commitments.
Tip #10: Exercise
Incorporate a good exercise plan during your pregnancy, as this will allow you to stay fit both physically and mentally.
Above all else… enjoy your pregnancy!