If you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you probably know some of the basic pregnancy advice about taking care of yourself and the baby. Here are more pregnancy tips, from taking vitamins to what to do with the kitty litter, that can help ensure safe and healthy prenatal
Visit with your doctor regularly: It is important to schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider. During this process, make sure to talk about medication, vaccinations and your family history.
Get your vitamins: Make sure to get plenty of folic acid and calcium. You can get these and other necessary vitamins and minerals from food and a standard multivitamin.
Avoid certain foods: There are certain foods that women should avoid eating while pregnant. Do not eat: raw or rare meats, liver, sushi, raw eggs, soft cheeses, and unpasteurized milk. Raw and unpasteurized animal products can cause food poisoning.
Wear Appropriate Clothing: Ensure that you get yourself comfortable clothing. As your weight and shape will be changing rapidly, fitting yourself in tight clothing can suffocate you and the baby.
Avoid harmful substances: Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, marijuana, and other drugs. Alcohol and smoke can impact a baby’s health in the earliest stages of pregnancy, before a woman may be aware she is pregnant.
Choose a Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy weight with the right diet and exercise before and during your pregnancy is important. Control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and sleep better. Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least 15-20 minutes every day.
Stress Management: Do your best to avoid high pressure while pregnant. If you suffer from pre-pregnancy anxiety, consult your doctor to talk about the best way to stay calm and happy.
By taking care of mental and physical health, mothers can increase their chances of having a healthy baby. However, it’s important to understand that not all birth defects are caused by something the mother did or did not do, sometimes it’s genetics or unavoidable.