If you are pregnant it is more important than ever to stay informed, aware and educated.
It is an ideal time to start taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally cause it’s not just you anymore, you have another beautiful being living inside of you 🙂
You should give yourself the best chance of having a hitch-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines below.
1. Get early prenatal care
As soon as you discover that you’re pregnant, call your doctor or a midwife to organize your antenatal care.
Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby.
During that visit, you’ll be screened for certain conditions that could lead to complications.
If you haven’t yet chosen a provider, get started now. Finding the right person — whether you’re looking for a doctor or a midwife — can take a while.
2. Good Nutrition
Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whenever you can. Try to have: At least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
Now that you’re eating for two, you may be surprised to learn that you only need about 300 additional calories per day in the last trimester. Make sure you get plenty of protein.
You now need 70 grams a day compared to 45 grams before you got pregnant.
And while your calcium requirement remains the same, it’s more important than ever that you meet it, which is a challenge for many women.
You’ll want to steer clear of undercooked eggs and meat, unpasteurized dairy products and juices, raw seafood, and cold deli meats to avoid ingesting bacteria that could harm your baby.
Also, avoid certain fish that may contain high levels of mercury or other contaminants.
Also read: 10 best foods for pregnancy