6 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
Age, weight and medical conditions such as diabetes, thyroid or hypertension are some of the leading causes of miscarriage. Although these are not in your hands, but now that you are pregnant again after a miscarriage, these simple steps will surely help you to have a healthy pregnancy.
- Limit your Movement: During your first trimester, the baby transforms from a single fertilised cell to an embryo. It then attaches itself in the uterine wall. In many cases the embryo itself doesn’t properly attach to the uterine wall, hence causing miscarriage. Additionally, other medical conditions such as gestational blood pressure and diabetes, you will be asked to limit your movement by your doctor to help you brave through your first trimester smoothly.
- Eat Well: Aren’t you feeling absolutely blessed and overjoyed to see your tummy slowly bulging out again? But your anxiety still remains intact. As your first and third trimester still worries you and happens to be a matter of major concern. To prevent any complications, during this delicate situation, the doctor will suggest you to eat what is right. Just remember, whatever you eat passes on to your baby and helps the fetal growth. 1 *Make sure your calorie intake goes up by 600, and you get 2*10% more of proteins, vitamins and minerals through your food consumption. A quick salad with green leafy veggies or different coloured fruits punched with some curd and dressed with just about a small spoon of honey is good to fill the would-be mamma’s stomach and make her feel satisfied with the nutrients. For the non- vegetarian mums-to-be, a power-packed food comprising of chicken, fish and eggs is a must-have to help maintain the nutrient stores.
- Stay Hydrated: Limit your caffeine and aerated drink intake, as it can make you feel thirsty and dehydrated. Drink plenty of water, instead. A combination of coconut water and lime water in two or more servings in a day would also be beneficial to keep your blood pressure low. You can also sip into a few bowls of some warm broth, may be chicken or vegetables.
- Say “NO” to Smoke and Alcohol: A glass of wine or puff of cigarette may seem a cool trend these days but it has been considered to have a negative effect on pregnancy. Nicotine from cigarettes or the chemical contents of alcohol can rise the complications in pregnancy affecting the fetal growth, especially in the first three months, when the baby’s brain and heart starts developing. So, try to refrain yourself from these harmful substances not only during the 1st trimester but throughout your 9 months journey.
- Frequent Ultrasounds Scans: Ultrasound scans to monitor the growth and the well-being of the fetus. If the scan shows that the fetus is not developing appropriately, it can pose a threat to the mother as well as baby. Pregnant women usually go for the USG scans once or twice a month. But in case of high-risk pregnancy, the doctor may want to closely tab on the fetal well-being thus increasing the number of USGs that you may undergo.
- Keep Your Stress Level Under Check: Since you have had an unsuccessful pregnancy previously, for obvious reason your stress level will be at all-time high. But, remember, elevated stress levels might lead to various complications like restricted fetal growth, increase in your blood pressure and can even heighten the chances of pre-term labour. So, control your stress level ; By forming a support group, where you can share your concerns, pursuing a hobby or by simply binge watching your all-time favourite movies and TV shows.
Medical advancements have enabled doctors to keep a close eye on the well-being of the fetus as well as the mothers who have had a history of miscarriage. Thereby helping them to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and most importantly be gifted with a healthy baby.
Reference : Note 1: thehealthsite.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-after-a-miscarriage-tips-to-conceive-easily-750855/
Note 2: slurrpfarm.com/blogs/blog/diet-for-pregnant-women?utm_source=Fb%20Moms%20Group&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Health_DietForPregnantWomen