Best Ideas for Pregnant Women Care
Taking care of yourself during pregnancy is the best thing you can do for your baby. Today we will focus here on the best ideas for pregnant women’s care. Remember, that mother care prenatal, postnatal and parenting are essential components to raising healthy children.
It is more important during pregnancy, to pay attention to healthy habits, than at any other time of your life. A pregnant woman needs all the energy she can muster during the nine months prior to delivery.
Not only will she need added strength to carry her baby forty weeks, but she is also preparing for what is equivalent to running a marathon. The diligence a pregnant woman pays to her health, during the weeks and months prior to delivery, will pay off during the birthing process.
Delivering a baby is hard work. Like just about anything else, it becomes easier with preparation. The obstetrician, labor and delivery nurse, or mid-wife are prepared to assist you in delivering a healthy baby.
You expect them to be equipped with the proper training, and to thereby follow the right procedures. They can not do it alone. You bring something to the table; literally.
You must give the professionals assisting you with something with which to work. You want a healthy delivery and must do all that is within your power to make it so.
While there are circumstances, surrounding the birth of your baby, which are beyond your control, you must apply yourself to what you can control. For instance; you control what you eat and drink.
You are in control of how much exercise you will get during pregnancy, and to some extent how much weight you will gain. You also control how early you will see your obstetrician-gynecologist, and how closely you will follow his recommendations.
All are important factors that affect your health and that of your baby. Don’t slough off, when it comes to your health during pregnancy. It is tempting.
Let’s face it, who has the energy to exercise, especially if you have led a somewhat sedentary lifestyle before becoming pregnant. Besides, suddenly you are “eating for two.” Or are you? ‘Eating for two”, is an old wives tale, at-least in the way that it is advised.
It is usually meant as encouragement for a pregnant woman to eat anything she wants and in large quantities. The woman, who follows this advice during pregnancy, will surely ‘pay the piper’. As if postpartum depression is not enough of a challenge.
The woman who gives little thought to what she eats during pregnancy is the same as the woman who gains weight during winter. She did not recognize the change until she shed her winter coat. Any weight gained which exceeds the baby’s weight has to be lost after delivery.
It is important to gain only what is healthy for you and your child. A healthy weight should be maintained. While dieting is not recommended during pregnancy watching your weight is. Moms should only gain between 23 and 30 pounds.
The key to taking care of ones ’self during pregnancy is ‘balance.’ A balanced approach will help you to maintain what is necessary for preparation for your delivery room experience.
You must be balanced in what you eat, how you exercise, and the amount of rest you get. (Feel free to tip the scales where rest is concerned. Get all you can).
How a woman exercises during pregnancy is dependent on a few factors; what is recommended by your doctor, if your pregnancy is normal, and if you have no history of miscarriages.
If you have been involved in a certain activity before pregnancy, it is generally safe for you to continue the activity during your pregnancy. Just don’t go about it as if you are killing snakes.
Your doctor will likely recommend if, for instance, you are a runner, that you slow your pace and distance after the first half of pregnancy. (Chances are you will not give him an argument).
If you are pregnant and have never been big on exercise, now is the time to start. Begin with caution and moderation. As early as your tiredness and nausea begin to disappear begin exercising.
Not only will exercise boost your energy level during pregnancy, but physical activity on this side of delivery will also get you in shape for what is coming. You will be stronger in the delivery room, which is your goal. Ask your doctor to provide a safe exercise regimen.
You can also find information on exercise and pregnancy by visiting your local library. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will also have plenty of information on prenatal as well as postnatal exercise.
What you eat is important for good health; obviously. I debunked the notion of ‘eating for two’ earlier in this article. I will recant, only slightly. Proven evidence exists to support that non-healthy eating, negatively affects your baby.
This is especially true during the last three months of pregnancy. Permanent damage to the brain is possible for a baby who was malnourished during pregnancy.
Do I really have to say anything about drugs, smoking, and alcohol? Just don’t do it! If your mom smoked, drank or took drugs during pregnancy and you turned out o.k. You simply dodged the bullet.
There is no guarantee your baby will do the same. The facts of evidence are stacked against her. You will damage your baby if you are careless in this area.
We have already alluded to the amount of rest that is necessary during pregnancy. Follow your body’s cues. When you are tired, (which may be all the time in the early days of pregnancy), rest when possible. Do not push yourself.
If you feel you need a nap and are in a position to take one, do. Thirty to forty minutes both morning and afternoon are not excessive. Obviously, if you are working, a nap is nearly impossible.
Do the best you can to rest when time allows. If you have young children, nap when they nap. You may have to choose to let other things go. Don’t feel guilty about getting the rest you need.
We talked about illicit drugs, but if you are taking over the counter or prescribed medication, it is important to run them by your doctor. He will advise you as to whether they are safe to take during pregnancy. Certain medications are definitely not safe for your baby.
It is imperative that you talk with your physician about any antibiotics. There are medications that are advisable, such as prenatal vitamins. Your doctor can give you the facts.
Taking good care of yourself during pregnancy includes; following your doctor’s orders, controlling what you can control, and educating yourself on what will positively or negatively affect you and your baby. Attention to these will assist in the delivery of a healthy child.