Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful phases in a woman’s life. Being pregnant gives you abundant joy, happiness, and contentment in life, but it also brings you anxiety, angst, and panic.
A woman who is pregnant for the first time is referred to as Primigravida. Being pregnant for the first time will be immensely blissful but also very challenging.
You’ll be in a state of embracing motherhood. It feels very high after all the cheering, congratulatory messages from friends and family and smiling faces everywhere. But along with this, you also have a dozen responsibilities to keep yourself and your baby safe. You need to have sufficient knowledge about being pregnant. So we at vedyou have curated a list of some essential tips for the first time Mama to be.
1. Educate Yourself
Since this is your first baby, you need to have a lot of information about this. Read books on pregnancy, talk to experts, you may also join a childbirth class to be well prepared for the future.
2. Do take Prenatal Vitamins
You need nutrients for two, regularly take prenatal vitamins. It will help in developing the brain and the spinal cord of your baby and will also keep both of you healthy.
Note: Take prenatal vitamins with your doctor’s permission and prescription.
3. Avoid alcohol and smoking
Drugs, alcohol, cigarette, and tobacco may have direct links with congenital disabilities, miscarriage and other complications. So try to eliminate toxins from your life for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby.
4. Eat well
Your eating habits also affect pregnancy and baby. Never miss meals even if you are not much hungry. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet, eat food with fibers. Choose healthy snacks instead of junk food like fat-free yogurt, wheat grain crackers, etc.
5. Stay Hydrated
During pregnancy, the blood volume increases by 50 percent, to supply oxygen and nutrients to the baby and also carries the waste and carbon dioxide. Thus to support this, you need to drink plenty of water. It also prevents constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, and other discomforts.
6. Wear sunscreen
Pregnancy makes your skin sensitive to sunlight. It is more prone to have allergies, sunburn, dark spots and chloasma. So always wear a chemical-free sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin.
7. Stay clean
Maintain personal hygiene to avoid infections during this time. Wash your hands frequently to great rid of the germs and bacteria. Ethyl based sanitizers may also be used when you can’t get to the sink. It protects us from infectious infections.
8. Make friends
Meet other pregnant women either in yoga class or neighborhood. They are in the same boat as you are. They may be supportive and helpful in getting through the ups and downs of the pregnancy.
9. Sleep well
Ensure that you get a night of proper eight-hour sleep. If you are having sleep disturbances take naps in the daytime. You may not get much time after the baby, so rest and sleep now.
10. Exercise regularly
You can join a pregnancy yoga class or try a 15-20 minute walk daily. Exercising helps you stay active, reduces stress, boosts mood and helps you sleep better. But do consult your doctor before starting.
11. Practice Kegels
Kegel or pelvic exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which might be helpful during the delivery.
You can do Kegels anywhere, in a car or while sitting on your desk.
12. Track your weight
Keep a check on your weight. You should gain too many extra pounds, which might be hard to lose after.
At the same time, not gaining enough weight can also be harmful to the baby. It can lead to developmental problems for the baby.
13. Travel Safe
Avoid air travel in later stages. If traveling by air make sure you consult your doctor first. When in the plane: stay hydrated, use washroom frequently, gets up and walk around after every half an hour to avoid blood clots and prefer aisle seats.
So keep these pregnancy tips in mind and enjoy this wonderful time. Happy Pregnancy.