Congratulations! You’re pregnant. Google that word once and you are almost overwhelmed with the amount of information out there. It’s hard to know where to start. Let’s simplify. Here are some basic tips for mom-to-be to start off a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Schedule your first prenatal visit: Don’t put this off! The care you get now can help you throughout your pregnancy and help your baby’s development.
Diet: A pregnancy diet doesn’t have to be crazy or complicated. Yes, you need to pay attention to your nutrition, and you should make your calories count. Simple things like maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding junk food, and eating smaller, more frequent meals will keep you and baby healthy and energized. Always check with your doctor about specific foods to avoid or if you have having any problems.
Exercise: Keep physical! Exercise is proven to elevate your mood and increase your energy levels. But be safe; avoid exercise that puts you at risk for any abdominal trauma. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, see your doctor before beginning a fitness program or consult them for suggestions of an exercise regimen that will work for you.
Worries: Pregnancy worries, especially for first time moms, are normal. Your hormones are working in overdrive, and sometimes everything can seem so confusing and overwhelming. Crying at the drop of a hat, irrational anger, and the whole gamut of emotions may happen. Most women will experience these feelings. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t be afraid to ask your Doctor. No question is a stupid question, especially if it puts your fears at ease. If the feelings you have intensify, and you are feeling very out of control, have persistent feelings of sadness or any signs of depression, talk with your doctor. Your physician will work to find treatment options that best suit you.
Take time for yourself: You will be tired. Your body is creating a whole new life, and that takes a lot out of you. Take a few moments every day for you. Sit in a quiet room, draw the shades, and take slow, deep breaths. Take a nap. Find time to relax and unwind.
Trust yourself: You know you, and if something doesn’t feel right, or you have questions or concerns about any aspect of your pregnancy, don’t be afraid to trust your feelings and ask your Doctor. They are there to help you throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Use this valuable resource to your advantage.