Humans are endowed with one of the greatest gifts – the ability to procreate. It is no wonder that pregnancy is a blessing for most people. Thus, pregnancy should never be taken for granted. It is not just about feeling happy; it involves life — the precious life of an unborn child. If you are pregnant, what can you do to ensure a healthy pregnancy?
In this article, we will discuss some helpful tips on how to care for your health and body during pregnancy.
Importance of Pregnancy Health Care
Is it essential to keep yourself healthy during pregnancy? Absolutely. Most people think that health care for pregnancy begins at conception. However, evidence shows that maternal nutrition before conception can significantly affect fetal development. In other words, if you are physically healthy before becoming pregnant, in a way, you are preparing a healthy environment for your baby. Of course, maintaining good health does not end there. A pregnant woman must continue to be healthy throughout pregnancy to ensure a healthy birth. Therefore, how does a woman keep her body healthy throughout her pregnancy?
How to Care For Your Health and Body
- Regular Prenatal Checkup
See your doctor as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. Your doctor will perform diagnostic tests (to confirm your pregnancy) and a physical examination, review your medical and family history (to check for risks to your pregnancy) and find out how many weeks pregnant you are.
After your first visit, your doctor will schedule you for a prenatal checkup every four weeks up to the 7th month of pregnancy. On the 8th month, your doctor will probably see you every two weeks and then once every week until you give birth to your baby. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor might want to see you more frequently. Be sure to see your doctor immediately for any concerns or untoward signs and symptoms related to your pregnancy.
2. Proper Nutrition
A healthy diet and intake of supplements are vital during pregnancy. Now, you are eating both for you and your baby. A well-balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, lean meat, dairy products, and legumes, to mention only a few. If you are a coffee lover, it would be best also to limit your daily caffeine intake.
Vitamins and minerals are also vital for healthy fetal development. These include calcium, iron, and folate. Your doctor can prescribe prenatal vitamins and minerals supplements in addition to what you get from your diet.
Many are hesitant to do some physical workout during pregnancy; for fear that it might lead to miscarriage. However, light to moderate physical exercise during pregnancy is generally safe and brings positive results. It can boost your mood, prevent you from gaining too much weight, and prepare your body for delivery. If you are still doubtful about it, you can seek advice from your doctor.
These are just a few basic ways on how to care for your health and body during pregnancy. However, some things, such as complications during pregnancy, are beyond our control. But if we do our best in things or situations that are within our control, we will be able to maintain a healthy pregnancy and ensure the baby’s good health and safety.