Having a healthy pregnancy is key to a happy mummy and child. With your hormones running riot, fatigue, sickness and the emotional imbalance of your mind the last thing you will be thinking about is a healthy diet. But before you hop, skip and jump to the nearest fast food joint, take a look at our top tips for a healthy pregnancy.
As soon as that stick turns positive book an appointment with your doctor or midwife. Organising care for yourself and you baby is key to a healthy pregnancy and you will also have plenty on time to get that ultra sound booked.
Aim to eat a healthy balanced diet 80% of the time. Plenty of fruits and vegetables and including wholegrain carbohydrates will prevent you becoming constipated. But make sure all food is washed and prepared carefully as Toxoplasmosis an infection caused by a parasite found on unwashed foods, although rare it can cause complications to your unborn baby.
Taking a pregnancy vitamin supplement can help if you are suffering from morning sickness or not eating that well, but they are not a substitute for the real thing. Folic acid should be taken if not before definitely within the first 3 months of pregnancy as it will reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. Talk to your Doctor before taking any supplements.
Regular exercise can have many benefits for a mum-to-be; it will build your strength and endurance, which may help you cope with the extra weight of your bump and prepare you for the hard work of labour. And best of all it will help boost your spirits and even help to ward off depression. But don’t forget your energy levels are going to be much lower than usual with disrupted sleep patterns and your body acting as a life support machine for your little one, you will feel more exhausted than usual; so don’t over do it, still get plenty of rest.
It’s never too late to start with your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your bladder, vagina and back passage; so unless you never want to jump on a trampoline again after a vaginal birth, get working on those muscles.
Alcohol, drugs and smoking should be cut out of your lifestyle completely when pregnant. Risks of Miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and even cot death are all related to use of alcohol, drugs and smoking whilst pregnant.
Speak to your Doctor about ways to help you give up your vices or any other questions you may have on a healthy pregnancy call NHS direct.