Pregnancy brings along with itself a dire necessity to take a good care of your health. Making certain lifestyle changes during pregnancy directly impacts the health of your growing baby. Nevertheless, it’s not necessary to completely overhaul your lifestyle. Instead, making simple changes to your mental and physical health can substantially improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Here are some simple changes you can make for you and your baby’s better health.
1) Drink lots of water:
The volume of your blood increases up to 50% during pregnancy. This happens because blood supplies oxygen and other essential nutrients to your baby through the placenta. It also helps remove the waste and carbon dioxide from your body. Water plays an important because it ensures the blood flow is smooth. Thus, you need to drink lots of water to handle all these extra activities.
Not only that, drinking water also helps prevent hemorrhoids, constipation, UTIs, headaches, fatigue, swelling and other harmful pregnancy symptoms.
Drink at least three liters (eight to 12 glasses) of water every day. If this seems uneasy, add a splash of fruit juice or squeeze a lime in your daily water intake.
2) Foods to choose:
Consumption of nutrient-rich foods during pregnancy is important for ensuring a healthy life of the baby. Fresh fruits and vegetables count as the key parts of such a nutrient-rich, balanced diet. However, foods that contain a low level of refined sugar and high level of protein are also recommended for a healthy weight gain. In addition to this, foods like whole grain toast topped with avocado and egg, chicken and beans, and vegetable chillies should be included in your diet plan as well.
3) Exercise Every Day:
Exercising daily not only boosts your mood but also improves your stamina during pregnancy and labor. Including exercise in your daily routine provides you with several other health benefits such as more energy, less back pain, improved sleep, delivery complications, and faster postpartum recovery. For this, take walks around your neighborhood, hike easy trails and join weekly prenatal yoga classes. Indeed, try to exercise for 15 to 20 minutes everyday.
4) Sleep is a priority:
According to the doctors, tiredness during gestation is a sign that you need to slow down a bit. Try taking a nap during the day. If this doesn’t seem a feasible option then go to bed as early as possible. It’s important to complete at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep during pregnancy. Getting enough sleep at night helps you feel energetic throughout the day.
5) Make New Friends:
The support, resources and friendship of other pregnant women prove to be helpful during the ups and downs of pregnancy. You can continue sharing a good companionship with them after the birth as well. Find new ways to meet other pregnant women, whether that’s through a childbirth class, prenatal yoga classes, or an online parenting forum. Either way, it’s beneficial for you.
6) Love Yourself:
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to drive yourself crazy over it and stress out. Rather, focus on other fun things to help relieve the stress. Invest in a pair of quality maternity leggings or jeans. Buy a super-soft cotton cashmere sweater that makes you feel and look beautiful.
7) Stay Away from the “Extras”:
This is the most common change pregnant women struggle with. You might feel stressed due to the number of things you need to do in a day. To counter this, cut off the unnecessary work from your to-do list. Get rid of the things that aren’t on your priority list but you still do. Turn down some business opportunities, put less effort into your extracurricular activities and say no to hanging out with friends.
Adapting to the above-mentioned lifestyle tweaks will ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy. There could be some changes that you may find difficult to implement. But for the sake of your baby's health, it’s worth it to include these changes in your daily lifestyle.