Good health during pregnancy ensures pleasant delivery

29 Oct
2015
By Amelia Smith

A woman, in her life, goes through different phases and plays different roles of which pregnancy or maternity phase holds a special place. Those nine months are memorable for every woman, and a healthy and successful pregnancy doubles her joy.

Though the health of a woman is very important for the well-being of the entire family, every family member has to take care of her health during pregnancy. You need to pay extra attention as the pregnancy may be a decisive stage for the future of her family. Sometimes, pregnancy brings a lot of medical complications that you have to deal with while inching closer to the day of delivery. A healthy pregnancy is very important for the well-being of the mother as well as the unborn baby. In this regard, there are certain pregnancy related tips that make you learn how to take care of both the lives.

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Pregnancy symptoms:

Before reaching towards any conclusion, it’s better to understand some signs and symptoms that somehow confirm that you are pregnant. These symptoms may include:

• Tender Breasts • Morning Sickness • Vaginal Secretions • Urinary Problems • Bloated ness • Heartburn / Indigestion • Varicose Veins • Constipation • Piles • Faintness • Backache • Sleeplessness • Thrush

Tips for healthy pregnancy:

If your pregnancy has been confirmed, then it’s going to be a bit daunting time for the parents to be. Just by following some essential tips and guidelines you can fully enjoy the next 40 weeks of the roller coaster excitement. Here are some of those tips that as a parent woman you must abide by.

• Change food habit

You may be a big gourmet, but it’s necessary to change your food habit for healthy pregnancy. Start taking multivitamin food items containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid that reduces the risk of tube defects. Emphasize more on breakfast with cereals, protein, bread and fruits. The intake of iron and other minerals is very important in this stage. You just ensure to add the extra 300 calories a day to your normal meal to maintain good health during pregnancy. But, be concerned about weight gain.

• Exercise during pregnancy

Yes, exercise! Your exercise during pregnancy has to be regular but not too hard. It helps you prevent the risk of miscarriage and other labor complications like fatigue and backaches. Pregnant women should do some low impact aerobics to build more stamina and relieve stress. You can consult your doctor to understand the correct postures that don’t discomfort your baby. Morning walk and swimming are largely considered to be safe in pregnancy. Those who develop some medical problems like asthma, diabetes, heart disease and joint pain have to change the workout regime accordingly.

• Medical tests during pregnancy

The medical screening has its importance in pregnancy. If your pregnancy is confirmed, then you should consult your obstetrician once a month in the first two trimesters. Women who have high blood pressure or diabetes are advised to visit doctors more often. Fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing are prescribed. The blood test will measure the levels of alpha-fetoprotein, HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), inhibin, and estriol, which give you information if the fetus is at risk for abnormalities like spina bifida (a birth defect) or Down syndrome.

Pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPPA) screening is conducted during weeks 10-14 of the pregnancy and used in conjunction with an ultrasound screening. These tests help you identify any possible risk or defects to the fetus.

• Keep your mood pleasant

You are going to bring a new life into the world, so welcome him wholeheartedly. Stressing yourself will affect the growth of the unborn baby. Though it’s very normal to see some anger or irritation among women during pregnancy, let it not constantly disturb you. When you show your anger in this condition, the level of cortisol as well as other stress hormones becomes very high, posing a danger to your health during pregnancy and to the unborn baby. So, keep yourself busy in some works and stay calm and cool.

• Plan better for happy future

Planning and preparing for a baby is a big undertaking. For the health of your baby and your family, it’s necessary to plan well for the future. There is a wide variety of classes, guidelines, tours and resources to help you out. You can consult some informative tips and videos specially designed to ensure you enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Conclusion:

Pregnancy is not a condition that strains you, but a pleasant moment that you should enjoy every day during those nine months. These crucial pregnancy tips are recommended for all pregnant ladies to prevent any possible nightmarish situations. Follow those measures to keep good health during pregnancy and cherish your blessing all along.

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Amelia Smith

Nutritionist, herbalist, health and medicine writer and yoga enthusiast, Amelia Smith, is a professional in the health, nutrition and diet industry.

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