The day you discover you are pregnant can be one of the happiest days of your life! But following this beautiful blessing comes the feeling of responsibility towards the life growing within you. While you get ready to celebrate these months of motherhood, also prepare to raise your awareness towards the important do’s and don’ts in early pregnancy.
It is very important for mothers-to-be, to make a mental note of the practices they should follow and the ones they should avoid during the early days of pregnancy. After all, it’s your responsibility to take care of yourself and this little bundle of joy, waiting to enter your world and fill it with smiles. Don’t fret, we have you covered!? Just take a look at the list below, which gives you an idea of the 9 most important do’s and don’ts in early pregnancy.
What Should You Be Doing?
1. Multivitamins – A Definitive Yes!
When you are pregnant, you must eat, like you are eating for two! A well-balanced diet is the best way to ensure that the life growing inside you, gets all the nutrients it needs for its development. But sometimes, a regular diet, alone, may fail to provide this extra nutrition of folic acid, calcium, and iron.
Hence, it is only fair that an extra set of prenatal vitamins supplement your diet to ensure that the baby has enough of the above-mentioned nutrients in its system.
Multivitamins like DHA and EPA, ensure healthy brain development in the baby.
For healthy fetal growth, all mothers to be must intake a series of vitamins after consulting with their Obgyn.
Word of Caution: An Overdose of vitamins may prove to be dangerous for the baby. And thus, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before adding vitamin supplements to your diet.
2. Sleep Is Your Friend
Feeling tired? That’s your cue for scheduling naps throughout the day and ensuring you get at least 7-9 hours of deep sleep every night. Compromising with your sleep cycle doesn’t go well with being pregnant. Pregnancy comes with its blow of hormonal changes that cause anxiety. To top that, fatigue triggers panic attacks and can leave you feeling irritated throughout the day.
This phase in your life can be extremely demanding and thus you must do your bit to keep the mind feeling healthy and refreshed. A short nap in the afternoon and a defined bed-time routine can do wonders for your mental health, during this time of unknown emotional outbursts.
Word of Caution: Regular meditation and breathing exercises can help you sleep better. But since irregular short breathing can decrease the flow of oxygen to the fetus, you must practice only those breathing exercises that are recommended for pregnant mothers.
3. Sweat It Out
If you are a regular workout person, continue to do so during the incubation period but before you begin, substantiate that you make the necessary adjustments in your workout routine based on your doctor’s recommendations, to suit the pregnancy.
Even if you aren’t the type of person who exercises regularly, it is a fairly good time to start doing so, during your early days of pregnancy. Incorporating a daily fitness routine into your life and gradually easing into it, will not only help you with the baby’s healthy growth but will also ease the process of childbirth.
Working in the fields, eased childbirth for your grandma – light exercising may as well do the very same for you today! It has been proven that regular yoga keeps the extra weight away while simultaneously fighting off muscle pain and insomnia, which seem to accompany all mothers-to-be.
So, starting tomorrow, remember to keep that yoga-mat handy and let the miracle of tradition take its route!
Word of Caution: Consult your doctor about the fitness routine during the First Trimester and continue doing so, when you make changes in the fitness routine during the second and third trimesters.
4. The Yummy Seafood
Omega-3 helps the baby grow happily into a healthy fetus. Guess what is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and iron? Yes! Seafood!
Seafood is the answer to those nutritional knickknacks. All these minerals and vitamins are vital for the mother and baby alike. By consuming a mixed variety of seafood every week, you can gain these vitamins and minerals naturally. All you need to do is ensure that you don’t end up consuming more than 12 ounces of fish every week as an overdose of anything is harmful at this crucial stage of your and your baby’s life.
Word of Caution: Seafood is a carrier of bacteria and viruses, and thus causes problems if not cooked properly. Raw seafood should be avoided during pregnancy as should seafood rich in mercury, like a shark, king mackerel, etc. be avoided.
While we took a look at the do’s, let us try to shift our attention to the don’ts so that you are prepared with the list of important do’s and don’ts in early pregnancy.
What Shouldn’t You Be Doing?
When you are having a baby for the first time, don’t you think it’s easier to mentally prepare for what’s coming by gaining an insight into the list of important do’s and don’ts in early pregnancy. With that thought in mind, hop on into the don’ts:
1. Bye-Bye Smoking
Smoking while pregnant might not just lead to the baby being born with learning disabilities but can also induce addiction problems in the kid, as he or she starts to grow up. This tendency is popularly known as psychological nicotine addiction.
The kids born to mothers who smoked their way through pregnancy were seen to have a lower birth weight than those born to non-smoking mothers.
So, ladies, save yourself the future sadness and quit before it’s too late!
Understand the risks of smoking during pregnancy.
2. Say No To Alcohol
Alcohol is a strict no-no during pregnancy. Even a little amount of alcohol intake can greatly affect the baby’s health. Babies born to mothers who consume alcohol during pregnancy are likely to suffer from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This manifests in the form of low birth weight, learning disabilities, and behavior problems. Some of these babies also lag in achieving regular physical growth and development milestones, during the infancy period.
As there are no defined safe alcohol intake limits’ for pregnancy, it is important to stop consuming alcohol altogether, as soon as you find out that you are going to have a baby.
3. Avoid Raw Meat
Many diseases around the world today, have resulted from the intake of uncooked meat. In various scenarios, different types of meats and eggs are carriers of foodborne illnesses, bacteria, and viruses. Many of these microbes can cause life-threatening diseases, leaving both the mother and the child at the mercy of modern medicine.
Certain foodborne illnesses like listeriosis and toxoplasmosis, if nothing else, can lead to food poisoning. Food poisoning can further result in various kinds of birth defects or miscarriage, if not treated correctly.
You can also come in contact with these diseases through deli-meat products like hot dogs and burgers. The sliced meat is more likely to carry diseases on its surface.
To avoid such a scenario from developing, please make sure that all the meat products you consume during your pregnancy phase are well-cleaned and properly cooked.
4. No Unpasteurized Milk
As with raw meat, unpasteurized milk products can carry life-threatening diseases that result in serious illness. Calcium is necessary for the growth of the fetus as well as the health of the mother but it should be guaranteed that the milk the young mom is consuming, has been pasteurized. Pasteurization kills Listeria, a form of bacteria that causes food poisoning.
The same goes for products like cheese and butter, that comes from milk. They should all be consumed, only if they have been derived from pasteurized milk. Calcium is very important for growing babies, but moms have to be careful about how they get their calcium from dairy.
One of the best ways to ensure that the milk is clean of Listeria is to boil it before drinking.
5. No More Hot Tubs
As relaxing as it may sound, avoid hot tubs and saunas at all costs! The heat from the water is known to have caused birth defects in the babies born after. In extreme scenarios, sauna baths can also result in miscarriage.
So, leave the Jacuzzi baths to after-pregnancy relaxation time, as for this phase in your life, it may be too dangerous.
As we say goodbye…
These are nothing but a few do’s and don’ts in early pregnancy that you must follow to enjoy a safe and healthy pregnancy. Turn this time of immense blessing, into an even more wonderful experience by taking a few steps of caution along the way.
Wishing you a happy pregnancy! 🙂
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