You probably know some of the obvious ‘don’ts’ of pregnancy. We’ve all had it drummed into us that drinking alcohol or smoking is an absolute no-no. However, it’s not simply a case of what to avoid. There are plenty of things that you can proactively do to optimize your own health and that of your baby during pregnancy.
It can be tempting to think that pregnancy means that you need to put our feet up and avoid exercise. However, keeping active can be an essential part of maintaining the health of yourself and your baby. In some cases, exercise is to be avoided, and it’s recommended that you get your doctor’s advice on what level of exercise is appropriate and safe for you. Once you’ve done so, there are tons of prenatal workouts available. A quick YouTube search will open a wealth of workout ideas you can try at home. Alternatively, you could seek out a prenatal exercise class; not only is this a great way to keep fit, but it could also be an opportunity to meet other soon-to-be mums who are local to you.
Make sure you’re getting the minerals and vitamins that you need to support your health and your baby’s development. Your doctor will recommend specific supplements you need to take. On top of this, keeping a healthy diet throughout your pregnancy is essential. There will no doubt be days when your feet are sore, and your back is aching and cooking or preparing a nutritious snack just isn’t going to happen. A good way to negate the likelihood of simply binging on chocolate in these moments is to pre-prepare meals when you do have the energy or, if you have a partner, get them to help you out with this. You can cook a big batch at dinnertime and put some in the freezer ready for those days when you can’t face anything which requires more effort than a microwave.
If you feel that you need an extra helping hand to boost your vitamin and mineral intake, you could give LA Mobile IV Therapy a try. You might associate these with celebrities trying to recover from a hangover; however, this is an increasingly popular way to simply give your body a little extra vitamin love. They will come directly to your door and can provide packages individually tailored to a woman’s needs during pregnancy.
Build Your Support Network
If you’re lucky enough to have family and friends living nearby, you may have a wealth of prospective babysitters and people you can talk to if you’re struggling. However, joining a baby group can be a brilliant way to build a network of friends and contacts that are going through it alongside you. This can provide a much-needed social circle both for you and for your child. You will have a ready-made stock of families to share play dates with who have children very close to your child’s age. Knowing you have people around you who are going through it with you, and who you can share tips and experiences with, can be hugely helpful in managing the ups and downs of both pregnancy and parenthood. If the support you will need is in the form of child care, it is important to know your options well ahead of time. To help you make the choice of finding the most suitable child care in your area, parents in Australia can use services such as Toddle to select and contact the child care providers directly. There is even the government rating of the centre on there so you can begin to put your mind at ease.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
There can be quite a few surprises along the way during pregnancy. Our bodies can adapt in unexpected ways. Having a good awareness of what to expect can make it feel a little less daunting and avoid the panic that can set in when we feel out of control of our own bodies. Aside from understanding the physical changes and symptoms to expect during pregnancy, childbirth, and after, it is critical to educate yourself and your partner on the possible impact on your mental and emotional health. Postpartum depression is a common problem that can affect many women after giving birth. It can also affect partners. It’s essential that you, your partner and close friends or family members understand the symptoms of postpartum depression; what it can look like and how to spot it as soon as possible. Recognizing what is happening and knowing what support is available can be a huge help.