Taking care of yourself and your baby when you’re pregnant

Date3/29/2021 7:02:21 PM
Deciding on welcoming a munchkin to your house? There is a lot to be taken into account. Here are some of the major tips for pregnancy care that one should take into consideration before and/or after conception.

1. Take a Prenatal Vitamin

Prenatal Vitamins should be your go-to way even before pregnancy. Even when you are planning to conceive or are planning to think about pregnancy, prenatal vitamins are a good-to-go! It’s always smart to start taking prenatal vitamins when you are planning to conceive. During the first month of pregnancy, Your baby’s neural cord, which later becomes the brain and spinal cord of your baby. Thus, it is extremely important that you consume the right and essential nutrients that are found in prenatal vitamins. Prenatal Vitamins are rich in folic acid, calcium, and iron and get you up on the content for these nutrients right from the very start. The best part is that the prenatal vitamins are easily available over the counter at most of the medical stores and are also available through basic prescriptions from your doctor. In some cases, prenatal vitamins make one feel queasy. If this is the case, you should try taking them at night or right after a light snack. Chewing gum or snacking on some candy would also be of help.

2. Exercising is always important

The most important part of pregnancy is exercising. Unlike popular belief that asks the mommy to be in bed always, doctors suggest that moving and exercising is an extremely imperative part of pregnancy. Staying active is also good for general health and paves the way for healthier pregnancy even before conception. It helps in reducing stress, controls excess weight, keeps your heart and immune system in check. It also helps in improving your sleep cycle and keeps your mood boosted. Staying active doesn't necessarily mean working out for hours in check; you can simply take a walk around the block or do some yoga and end the session with some meditation. The only goal is to keep your body moving. Take a walk for at least 15-20 minutes every day at a moderate pace around a shaded area or during the evening time to prevent overheating. You can also opt for some fitness activities like swimming, jogging, Zumba, Pilates, etc. These serve as great activities for pregnant women. But always consult your doctor before doing any activity. Keep an aim to move your body for at least 30 minutes a day. Make it a point to listen to your body, but don’t overdo it.
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