When you first find out about your pregnancy, you may go into a state of ecstasy or complete shock. Whatever be the case, you have to start bracing up for the pregnancy and maintaining a good health both for you and the baby. Listed below are the things a would-be mom should be doing for a healthy delivery.
Calculate the due date
This is the first thing that you should. Take up a calendar and calculate the time you have left till the delivery. This will allow you to make healthy lifestyle changes and plan the delivery well ahead of time.
Get in touch with the pregnancy care
As soon as you find out that you are pregnant, lose no time in consulting the doctor. He/she will be able to give you first hand suggestions about how to handle the entire pregnancy and track the health of the baby. Many physicians also have a special midwifery/pregnancy care team who specifically tends to the pregnant women. Get in touch with them so that your pregnancy remains closely monitored. Doing this is extremely important, especially when you have reached the 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Apart from that, you can also get yourself a personal attendant or a nurse to help you out during the entire pregnancy period.
Monitor your health
Pregnancy can be challenging, especially when it comes to making the food and lifestyle changes. You also have to make sure that you are in the right shape throughout. Therefore, sketch out a plan for regular health checkups and closely monitor your blood pressure and caffeine intake. You have to make sure that the baby is growing healthily inside of you.
Food and lifestyle changes
- Here are a few changes that you should make to have a healthy baby.
- If you are into the habit of smoking, stub it out right away.
- Refrain from taking alcohol. Alcohol can be detrimental to the child’s health. It can play havoc with a normal development. If you feel, that you may have a problem quitting alcohol, do not hesitate to ask your family or midwife for support.
- Pregnant women experience fatigue, even with slightest physical activities, so stop going for things that will wear you out. You should rather take time to relax and take a rest.
- To keep yourself in good shape and health, make sure that you are getting enough exercise. You definitely do not have to take part in strenuous exercises, but at least keep a habit of going for daily walks and/or joining the support team that helps you out with the specially designed exercises for pregnant women.
- Consult your physician for including all the necessary vitamin supplements in your diet
- Avoid any food item that may hamper the baby’s growth
Brace up for the body changes
Pregnancy is always accompanied by a number of changes in the body like hair loss, skin darkening, acne, stretch marks and so on. So prepare yourself well in advance and find out ways on how to cope with them.