5 Mistakes Every Woman Should Avoid During Pregnancy
It is but natural for any pregnant woman to do everything to keep her pregnancy safe and to keep the pregnancy-associated discomforts much more bearable. But sometimes without realizing it, we make mistakes that could potentially harm our body and the baby.
Eating for two
This is one of the common mistakes that many expectant moms do. If there is a good time to indulge with food, pregnancy is not one of them. You are not getting yourself or your baby any healthier by being overweight. In fact, you are exposing yourself to certain risks such as gestational diabetes by being overweight. Eating right ensures you get all the nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy and after giving birth.
Here are some healthy eating tips:
1. Plan your meals and snacks. Don’t skip meals and eat only healthy snacks.
2. Eat foods rich in fiber like fruits, bananas, and whole grains.
3. Limit caffeine intake and don’t drink alcohol.
Poor quality of sleep negatively affects everyone, especially pregnant women. Sleep deprivation is a common problem that expectant moms go through. And there is a reason why a pregnant woman needs to ensure that she is getting enough rest. A US study reveals that there is a link between birth complications and expectant moms’ sleep disorders.
Work responsibilities also contribute to having a poor quality of sleep or the lack of it. It is important therefore that pregnant women try not to sacrifice sleep for work duties. Finding the right balance between work and rest is the key to a healthy pregnancy.
Unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, exercise is often recommended. Regular exercise throughout pregnancy ensures the health, improve posture, and lessen common discomforts. If you were physically active prior to pregnancy, you might be advised to continue with your lifestyle, but in moderation. Whether you have been regularly exercising or wanting to start, you should consult with your healthcare provider first before engaging in any physical activity.
Pregnant women are often inundated with information, most of the time they try to absorb as much information as they can – all for the sake of a healthy pregnancy and safe child delivery. Even well-meaning family and friends also have a thing or two on what’s good and what’s not. There are a lot of books, magazines and other reliable websites to get your through your pregnancy safely, you just have to be extra cautious in choosing.
Too much of anything is not good, especially when you are pregnant. Imprecise information may just cause more worry; emotional instability is dangerous and can put your pregnancy at risk. So, it is important for you to filter through and not get overwhelmed by too much information. Most of all, consult with your health provider for proper guidance.
When you’re pregnant, you need to be extra careful at what substance you allow into your body. This includes taking medications even for a mild headache, as it would be risky to you and your child. Follow your doctor’s advice and refrain from self-medicating.
Taking just the right amount of information, eating the right kind of food, and getting enough physical exercise will go a long way to having a safe and happy pregnancy.