Pregnancy is an amazing journey, distinctive for each Mother to be, the transgression from a woman to a mother is not the easiest. The agony and emotional upheaval is inexplicable but the pure unfathomable joy that the little one brings is unparalleled. The ups and downs are bound to happen. While the Mom and baby grow together there are myriad changes that both of them go through. The responsibilities are doubled, isn’t it magical how there are two souls in one body? Two hearts beating in unison.
To make this journey easier we have compiled a list of things that should be done and some precautions that should be taken. Because with a little one coming up, we need to double the care.
Care and Cure:
The first thing that has to be followed without a question is to consult your gynecologist. Your doctor is the one who will be there for you throughout your journey and guide you through all the big and small changes that are happening with you. Be it a feeling of uneasiness or the slightest pain, do not shy away from seeking counsel from your doctor.
Build your trust in the person. Feel free to share any kind of trouble you are going through or any concerns you have regarding the pregnancy. Remember you are going to the doctor for a reason, sure you can read a lot of what to expect when you are expecting, books or blogs but those blogs don’t hold a degree so even though you can get insight from all the things you read online. Make sure that you consult your doctor before making any considerable changes in your diet or your health routine while you are pregnant.
We are not talking about any keto or liquid detox or a juice cleanse. What we are suggesting is that during the time of pregnancy, the body of the mother demands food and that too of all kinds. Since the development process that the baby is going through is very rapid you need to feed not one but two bodies. Hence all the long-term diet regimes that you used to follow or were into the need to be kept aside and we recommend you strictly stick to the diet chart that your doctor has provided. Incorporate a lot of milk and milk products. Drink plenty of water. As the baby grows so will your body. The mother starts putting on weight in order to sustain the two souls.
The Add On:
Usually, the food that you eat is salubrious but it might not have all the multivitamins and nutrients that are required for the expedited growth of you and the baby. Hence vitamins and supplements are very necessary. Make sure you are taking the prescribed multivitamins and folic acids from the very early months of the pregnancy to avoid any birth defects and deformities in the baby.
During the period of the pregnancy, the mother would very frequently suffer from nausea and vomiting, in order to avoid this make sure the mother is taking all the anti-emetic medicines. But the first-hand rule is that everything you do or you put in your body has to be verified by the doctor. If it’s your first time, do not ever take medicines at your own accord because you might not know what effects it might have on you or the baby. Take your protein regularly as it is very essential for bone development and of the baby plus completely providing all the necessary nutrients to the growing fetus.
Green leafy vegetables are a very trusted source of proteins and fibers but make sure that you take in enough carbs as well. Energy is necessary for the entire duration of the pregnancy. Special care needs to be taken during the first three and the last three months of the pregnancy. Use as much dairy products as you can in your meal. The greens that you need to avoid is green tea. Yes that helps detox the body but also increases metabolism which is not the healthiest when you are trying to have a baby who need all the nutrients as well as the energy to grow healthy.
Heavy exercise and gym are a strict no, no swimming or trekking in the first and last few months. That is a risk you ought to avoid at all costs. Do not lift heavy objects at home or at the workplace. The recommended exercises are walking and light jogging. Make sure you don’t run yourself out of breath or the air comes with great difficulty. No adventure sports at any cost.
One major concern for the mothers to be is that they would go completely out of shape during and after the pregnancy, at this point your motherly instincts should start kicking in and if not push them. Wear loose light clothes, no tight fits. Wear boyfriend jeans all you like as long as it is breathable. Take caution while buying the fabrics, avoid synthetics because they have higher chances of causing irritation or itching or rashes on the skin. Avoid wearing any such uncomfortable footwear during all times. No rigorous dancing either.
It is of utmost importance that the mother is stress free during the pregnancy. More so during the crucial months because the mental health of the baby is also related to how well the mother is doing. Stress can force unforeseen circumstances which can otherwise be avoided. Do light breathing exercises but not full-fledged yoga. Once in the morning or whenever and however you can relax your mind. The happier the Mom, the healthier the baby.
Say no to alcohol and smoking, this comes without saying. It not only adversely affects your body but also reduces the ability to cope up with the fatigue that comes along with carrying the little one. Avoid any strenuous activity. Make sure your sleep pattern is regular till the months you can keep it that way. Caffeine is also a big no as well as carbonated drinks are no good either.
The 9 months are long and arduous, where you need to be brave and face whatever little obstacles or rather new experiences that your body is putting you through. Try to stay as active as possible to reduce the post-pregnancy risks. Visit your doctor at least twice a month and do everything in a controlled manner. Happy 9 months!