|Me exactly one month before Tyler was born|
Being pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in your life, which is why it should be embraced.
From the moment you announce your pregnancy, you’ll be given advice from doctors, friends and family, whether it’s solicited or not. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the best tips that will help your pregnancy go smoothly, ensuring that you and baby are healthy.
One of the best guidelines for expectant mothers to follow throughout pregnancy is to eat healthy. Ditch the idea that you’re eating for two in terms of quantity; instead, it’s quality that counts. You don’t nearly as many calories as you would think, with experts recommending an additional 100 to 300 calories a day. Eat a well-rounded diet that consists of lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy is the way to go. It is also very important to take prenatal vitamins for added nutrients.
An extension of eating healthy is drinking plenty of water. Depending on your body weight, you need six to ten glasses a day. You’ll find yourself being thirstier while pregnant, so carry around a bottle of water and for an added kick you can flavor the water with fresh cucumber slices, lemon wedges or mint leaves.
In the first trimester, you’ll be feeling the effects of pregnancy through fatigue. Your body is making a
person after all, so you have a right to need extra rest. If you can squeeze in a 15 minute nap, give in to
your body and take advantage of any added rest. On the whole, you need as much sleep as possible in
order to rest your body, keep stress levels low and boost your immunity.
To keep your mood and energy levels up, exercise is a valuable tool. If you already have an exercise routine, you can continue with it, providing it’s approved by your doctor. If you don’t exercise, now is a wonderful time to try a few new activities such as prenatal yoga or meditation.
Doctors will also urge expectant mothers to devise a birthing plan. While you won’t have complete control over your birthing experience, you can communicate your wishes so that doctors, nurses and your significant other will know what is important to you. Having a birthing plan makes expectant mothers feel better prepared for when they go into labor. As part of your birthing plan, consider the option of cord blood banking. This should be planned for in advance and discussed with your doctor. Cord blood banking allows families to store their baby’s stem cell rich cord blood at a private facility. The stem cells could potentially be used in a future medical treatment for the child, possibly a sibling.
Most importantly, try your best to enjoy this special time in your life as you create a new human being – an extension of yourself. Start a pregnancy blog or journal that documents how you feel each day, what foods you’re craving and photos of the growing baby bump. Even though some days are stressful, you’ll look back on being pregnant and remember it as being one of the great journeys in your life.
This article was written by Alan Cassidy, an active writer within the blogging community covering
maternity and childbirth, and always advocating for infant and children’s health. Connect with him on