Having a child is a joyous occasion and pregnancies are rarely difficult. It is important however to remember that your body is going through a lot of changes. This is the time to take care of yourself and your baby with a healthy diet, moderate exercise and plenty of rest.
Your diet is the most important part of your daily ritual when you are pregnant. Eating properly and taking supplemental vitamins can help you avoid complications during your pregnancy. While diet alone canít help you avoid all potential complications it will help you reduce many risk factors. If your diet before your pregnancy consisted of vending machine fare and cans of soda, now is the perfect time to make some healthy changes. Start out your morning with cereal and fruit. Snack on fruits, nuts and flavored water instead of candy and soda. Your lunch and dinner should include items from all of the food groups. Pregnant women should not follow any fad diets. It is normal to gain twenty to twenty-five pounds during a healthy pregnancy.
Exercise is not a dirty word, especially when you are pregnant. A pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your body causing many aches and pains. Moderate exercise such as gentle stretching and walking can help you avoid excessive weight gain and pain in your lower back and neck. Exercise can also help you stay in shape for the main event- labor. The average time labor lasts varies from woman to woman but many spend at least 15 hours in the delivery room. This is almost like running a marathon and your body should be prepared for it.
Getting enough rest is vital to your well being during pregnancy. Fatigue is a common symptom, especially during the third trimester. If you work outside of the home find a place that you can put your feet up during your lunch hour. Women at home should also make time to rest, even if they have other small children in their care. It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep in each night so you will have the strength to get through the next day.
Taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle will make your pregnancy more enjoyable and will relieve some of the stress associated with this time in your life. After all, the best way to care for your new baby is by taking care of yourself.