During pregnancy, you should eat a balanced and nutritious diet. You should also increase your calorie intake to meet the needs of your growing baby and your changing body.
Babies need nutrients from the food you eat to help them grow. You do not need to eat twice as much as told by Grandma while you are pregnant, just twice as wisely. Keep in mind the food guide pyramid when choosing meals and snacks each day. Eating a range of wholesome food can help prevent prematurity and Low Birth Weight. A balanced diet also helps you to prevent anemia, infections, difficult labor and poor healing.
|Have plenty of fiber and water |
It is particularly important to eat more fiber to avoid the common pregnancy problems of Constipation and piles (hemorrhoids). Increase your fiber intake by eating lots of fruit and vegetables, whole wheat bread and cereals, brown rice and pulses. You should also drink plenty of fluids. Increasing fiber without enough fluids can exacerbate Constipation
A good exercise program can give you the strength and endurance you will need to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy and to handle the physical stress of labor. It will also make it much easier to get back into shape after your baby is born. Exercise can boost your spirits and help ward off the pregnancy blues. If you are used to taking exercise in the form of a sport, you can continue with this as long as it feels comfortable for you, unless your particular sport carries a risk of falls or knocks.
|Avoid alcohol and smoking Alcoholis absolutely off limits. Drinking even small amounts of any alcohol,including beer, can lead to mental retardation and facial deformities.It is also a major factor of Low Birth Weight and delayed growth.|
|Keep infections at bay |
It is a must to avoid infections caught from all possible sources like raw food, from pets, atmosphere, workplace or sick people because they can seriously harm the
Free yourselves from stress
Pregnancy is a stressful time for many women. You may be feeling happy, sad and scared — all at the same time. Very high levels of stress may contribute to preterm birth or Low-birth Weight : Infants weighing below 2,500 g at the time of birth . Weight babies. Hence, you should try to learn how to cope with it
What should I be careful about?
Most women find it hard to feel comfortable as their pregnancy progresses.
It is alright to sleep in any comfortable position except on the belly.
|Try to rest as much as possible. You may often feel very tired,particularly in the first and third trimesters. Sense of well being will be there between 3rd and 8th month. Even if you cannot sleep during the day, put your feet up whenever you can.|
Most important is positive outlook and involvement of spouse. Husband should be empathetic, supportive and proactive. After all you are the blessed one with pregnancy, which is elusive to 30% of couples.
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