banner

PREGNANCY TIPS

PREGNANCY TIPS Content

Favourites (0)

1

Ensure that your vaccinations are current, including those for chickenpox, rubella, measles and even the flu.

2

Wear your seat belt. Always use both your lap and shoulder belts. Ensure the straps go above and below your bump, not across it.

3

Take supplements to reduce discomfort in your aching legs. Leg cramps can be due to low calcium and magnesium levels during pregnancy.

4

Do not diet while pregnant. Weight gain during pregnancy is expected, so you are doing yourself and your baby a favour.

5

Swimming is great in late pregnancy. It can help relieve a lot of aches and pains and makes you feel weightless.

6

Wear comfortable, non restricting shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.

7

Eat 80 to 100 grams of high quality protein every day. Protein forms the foundation of every cell of your babys body.

8

Know who and when to tell. The first three months are the most common time for miscarriage; so give the baby time to get settled before you announce.

9

Do not take any sleeping pills while pregnant, unless prescribed and approved by your doctor.

10

Indulge yourself. Once the baby comes you will have even fewer moments to yourself. Treat yourself to a lunchtime manicure, spoil yourself.

11

Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat. Certain food borne illnesses, are often present in undercooked and raw meat.

12

For back pain during pregnancy, sit in chairs that have back support. The more posture you have the better your back will feel.

13

Keep a diary or blog of your pregnancy; reflect on your thoughts and feelings. It makes the period easier.

14

Do kegel exercises. Frequent urination is normal during pregnancy, but doing these preventative exercises can help avoid incontinence post baby.

15

Savor intimacy with your partner during pregnancy. You may sexually slow down when the baby comes, so have fun.

16

If you eat fast food regularly, aim to cut down your consumption to once or twice a week at the most.

17

Say yes to cravings sometimes. Experts say they may be natures way of providing nutrients an expectant mom may be lacking.

18

Focus on the positive. You may hear negative things from friends or family members, such as scary birth stories. Ignore them.

19

Count the kicks. You should feel the baby kick at least 10 times a day. Monitor these movements, as a lack of kicking could indicate a problem.

20

Cut back on caffeine. A study showed that women who consumed more than 200mg caffeine doubled their risk of miscarriage.