Most women nowadays are conscious not only of their weight but also of their overall health and well-being. However, when you get pregnant, a woman’s health becomes slightly more fragile and at risk. So how do you keep yourself and your precious unborn baby healthy?
First, when you are expecting there are certain types of food that you should avoid and that you should stock up on. For example, fruits that are loaded with Vitamins are essential and so are vegetables that are high in fibre especially since constipation will be a part of your pregnancy (It’s a hormone thing).
Drinking a lot of water keeps your body hydrated plus, in some cases, it can keep those pesky stretch marks at bay since your skin is always hydrated.
Remember that pregnancy is not an excuse to binge on food. Just because you’re gaining weight doesn’t mean you can eat everything in front of you all at once. Eat in moderation and in small but frequent quantities because a pregnant woman’s digestion is slow compared to a woman who’s not carrying a baby. It’s also not advisable that you gain too much weight since you may have a hard time when it’s time for the baby to come out.
Try to avoid junk food and chocolates if you can. Though it hasn’t been proved that it can cause harm to the baby, it’s better to be safe than sorry, if you can’t keep your hands away from those treats, snack on a little and then eat something healthy afterwards to balance the effect. A handful of chips can be balanced with a cup of yogurt or a piece of yummy fruit can be eaten after a couple of candies.
Alcohol and smoking are to be quickly avoided because these can affect your baby’s health. Try not to be around people who smoke as well since second hand smoke has been proven to be more lethal than first-hand ones.
A little exercise like walking is good for your body since it will keep your bones from getting too rusty particularly when your tummy swells up and you feel like you’re carrying a big rock in front of you.