Pregnancy brings a new meaning to the concept of beauty and happiness. It is a period of immense joy coupled with excitement. The feeling of carrying a little life within you is magnificent. For a memorable and fabulous pregnancy, keep a few things in mind:
Healthy mums make healthy babies
Now that you're pregnant, taking care of yourself has never been more important. Of course, you'll probably get advice from everyone — your doctor, family members, friends, coworkers, and even complete strangers — about what you should and shouldn't be doing.
But staying healthy during pregnancy depends on you, so it's crucial to arm yourself with information about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
Stay happy, as you have the best gift in the form of a life growing inside you
It is essential to be happy and feel joyful while pregnant, as your unconditional well-being directly affects your baby’s neurological and psychological development. In fact, studies have indicated that the happier pregnant women are, the more likely they are to deliver a healthy baby.
Below are some simple and practical ways to stay healthy and happy during pregnancy, that can help you stay ahead of other issues and put yourself and your baby first!
1. Good food for healthy lives
While you are pregnant, your body protects and nurtures your baby. Eating a varied balanced diet during pregnancy is very important for both you and your baby. What you eat today can affect your baby's health tomorrow.
Here are some essential pregnancy nutrients that you should ideally include in your meals:
- Folic acid: Found in leafy green vegetables like spinach, citrus fruits, orange juice, beans, bread, rice, cereals.
- Fatty Acids: Hemp, flax, walnuts, almonds, dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli, olive oil, whole grain foods, eggs etc.
- Vitamin D and Calcium: Fatty fish, soya milk, liver, cheese.
2. Fit Pregnancy Workout
Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. It can improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts such as backaches and fatigue. Also, exercise during pregnancy reduces the level of depression and its incidence in pregnant women. However, if you have a medical problem, such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes, exercise may not be advisable. So consult your doctor first.
3. Be yourself
Pregnancy is special. No matter how bogged down you are with other thoughts, it is important to just ‘be’. Being in the situation and focusing on your baby helps you tackle other problems more effectively.
4. Stay Away From Negative People
Some people and situations are often referred to as ‘toxic’ because of the way they make you feel. Hanging around with people who are pessimists and surviving in an environment that is laden with hopelessness is a huge disaster if you are pregnant. Stay away from negative words, thoughts, and actions, and most importantly, people who demonstrate them. This is no time to indulge in extra stress and cause a burden on your mind and heart.
5. Pamper Yourself
This is the perfect time to rest all your worries and indulge. Treat yourself well!
- Get appointments for relaxing spa days and body massages.
- Get that long intended pedicure done. Once your baby arrives, you will not be as lucky with free time as you are now.
You will be amazed at the kind of pleasure and relief that comes with some beauty therapy. It’s okay to take it easy and rest as you need it.
6. Adequate, sound sleep
Unfortunately, actually sleeping can be difficult during pregnancy. One reason for this is that the baby is constantly growing and developing, no matter the time of day or night. Your body is working to keep up with the baby’s metabolism, which doesn’t slow down at night, and this can keep you up at night.
However, there are ways to help your body relax and coax it to sleep:
Take a warm, not hot, bath before bed.
Listen to music that relaxes you.
Drink warm milk before bed.
Try placing a pillow between your knees or under your bump. Also, avoid lying on your back.
Keep cool during the night with a fan or open window and door.
7. Practice breathing deeply:
The very act of breathing during pregnancy can help you sail through the tedious fatigue of nine months and hours of “back-breaking labor.” This aside, deep breathing also helps you relax. Focusing on your breath and breathing in and out to 10 counts at a time for example can help you tune out the worries as it takes up your attention for a short while.
Someone once rightfully said, "You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty, and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you.”