Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tips to Being Healthy During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Exercise
Being healthy during  pregnancy involves so many different aspects of your life. This is some tips to  keep health your pregnancy and prepair your birth stories....

  1. Start changing your food habits to include a healthy variety of foods.
  2. Starting exercise will help you stay in shape during pregnancy, can lower your risk of miscarriage, and has been proven to help reduce labor complications and length.
  3. Eat a new vegetable you've never tried. 
  4. Check out a book on pregnancy.
  5. Stop smoking. There are many programs to help you.
  6. Take a prenatal vitamin. They can be prescribed by your practitioner or you can buy them over the counter. Ensure it contains 0.4 mg of folic acid.
  7. Ask your partner to join you on your new healthy habit changes
  8. Avoid chemicals that could possibly harm your baby. You can find these at work, in your home, and just about anywhere, be environmentally sensitive..
  9. Tell any medical professional that you may be pregnant if you are trying to get pregnant. This can prevent exposure to harmful tests and chemicals if you are pregnant and don't know it yet
  10. Remember, it can take up to a year to become pregnant. If you have been actively trying for a year or more than six months if you are over 35, see your practitioner.
  11. Act pregnant. This includes not drinking alcohol, even while trying to conceive. There is no known safe level during pregnancy and alcohol can cause birth defects.
  12. Rest when you can. 
  13. Use non-medicinal remedies for problems like nausea, heartburn, and constipation.
  14. Drink six - eight eight ounce glasses of water a day.
  15. Join a prenatal yoga or exercise class.
  16. Keep your prenatal appointments with your midwife or doctor. This will help ensure that if you have any problems that they are caught early and kept to a minimum.
  17. Remember to add 300 - 500 calories a day while pregnant.
  18. Keep a food diary to ensure that you are keeping up with your daily requirements.
  19. If you are decorating your house or a nursery remember to avoid fumes often associated with paint and wall paper. Perhaps have friends do the heavy work while you help make snacks for them. Keep the windows open!....
  20. Stretch before bed to help prevent leg cramps.
  21. Continue to exercise, even if you have to slow down. This will help you recover more quickly.
  22. Write a birth plan. Something to help you clarify what you want or need for your birth experience. Share this with your practitioners and those you have invited to your birth.
  23. Practice relaxation whenever you can. Try for at least once a day.
  24. Do pelvic tilts to help with late pregnancy back pain. It will help relieve your pain and even encourage the baby to assume a good birth position.
  25. Pack your bags if you are going to a birth center or hospital. Don't forget your insurance cards, pre-registration forms, camera, birth plan, etc.

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