Staying healthy during pregnancy
December 6, 2011
If you are thinking about getting pregnant or already are — you probably know some of the basics about looking after yourself and baby. Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Get your rest. Here are more tips, from taking vitamins to what to do with the cat litter, that can help ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Even when you’re still trying to conceive, it’s smart to start takingantenatal vitamins. Your baby’s neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
Antenatal vitamins are available over the counter at most pharmacy’s. If taking them makes you feel queasy, try taking them at night or with a light snack. Chewing gum or sucking on hard sweet afterward can help, too.
Staying active is a must for most mums to be. Regular exercise will help you control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and help you sleep better. Plus, getting into an exercise habit now will help you set a good example for your child after she’s born.
Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are all great activities for most pregnant women, but be sure to check with your midwife/doctor first before starting any exercise program. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Listen to your body, though, and don’t overdo it.