Pregnancy causes enormous changes, both physical and mental in the mother. A stable mood and good physical condition are very important for the excellent progress of the pregnancy. We advise you always to discuss your pregnancy with your doctor.
Some nutritional advice
During your pregnancy, your baby’s diet depends on what you eat. It is therefore essential that you ensure a healthy diet. Below you will find some critical nutritional tips.
- Eat a balanced diet – Ensure a sufficiently varied diet. Promote a balanced diet, rich in protein, iron, minerals, and vitamins. Meet a food adviser such as dietitian or read on the subject. You can also find a lot of information on the internet about consuming high-quality foods.
- Avoid contamination – Do not eat roasted meat but consume it as soup or stew. Make sure that the meat you eat is always very well cooked. Avoiding contamination at all costs is necessary. Always wash your vegetables thoroughly. Do not eat cheese made from raw milk.
- Folic acid – Folic acid is a vitamin B that plays a vital role in the formation of your baby’s nervous system. Taking folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects. This vitamin is especially essential one month before pregnancy and during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Foods rich in folic acid are all kinds of cabbages, green vegetables, whole products, citrus fruits, cheeses, and eggs.
- It is also important to drink a lot and be well hydrated through water, fresh juices, herbal teas. Liquids are essential for proper waste disposal.
- Sleep at least 8 hours a night and take a nap. A good rest will ensure a better emotional balance and pleasant relaxation. You can raise your feet to sleep, to promote good blood circulation.
- Take care of your body and your morale. Take massage and warm baths, wear comfortable clothes, listen to soft music, take the time to read. In short, do whatever makes you happy and pleases your baby.
Things to be avoided
- Do not consume tea, coffee, and all sparkling drinks which cause excitement.
- Do not smoke or be in a place full of smoke.
- Beware of self-medication. Always tell the doctor who prescribes any medication that you are pregnant.
- Avoid foods and beverages full of food coloring, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Read the nutrition labels.
- Medications should not be consumed without the advice of a professional.
- Learn about the consequences of a vaccine before accepting it.
- Beware of contact with pesticides, volatile paints, solvents, glues, varnishes, certain household products, and other dangerous chemicals.
- Avoid consuming raw or undercooked meat.
- Avoid x-rays unless necessary.
- During the last month avoid salt to allow skin and perineum to be supple.
Regular physical exercise brings many benefits to the mother. It stimulates vitality, improves blood circulation and flexibility while preparing and toning the muscles that will be used during childbirth.
Walking, swimming and yoga are the favorite exercises for a pregnant woman. It is advisable to do three sessions of 20 minutes per week. It is not advisable to do very demanding physical activities such as jogging. Any risky sports such as horse riding are to be avoided at all times.