Being pregnant is a new territory for new mums so
you are bound to get all kinds of advice from various
and even 'unfamiliar' quarters. Some are amusing while
others ridiculous and still some possibly applicable.
There are some things that you should practice and
some you should refrain from totally during the course
of your pregnancy. A little sacrifice now will bring
you a gift of a lifetime - your healthy precious baby!
So keeping your unborn baby in mind, here are some
dos and don'ts.
Say Yes, Yes, Yes to:
Take your prenatal vitamins regularly. Folic acid
is a prerequisite during the first trimester and iron
is very, very essential.
Attend your prenatal check-ups regularly. If you miss
any, schedule one immediately for that month
Wear your seatbelt whenever in cars, vans or trucks
Take sufficient rest and keep stress at bay
Eat healthy, fiber-rich foods with lots of vegetables
and fruits. Drink sufficient low-fat milk, yogurt
to get your calcium supply.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids,
especially water. Go easy with juices, namely the
commercial variety, because of the high sugar content
Visit your dentist regularly
Get into regular physical activity like walks, swimming
to keep you fit (check with your doctor first before
Get your calcium from low fat milk, yogurt, low ice-cream
Indulge in massages, warm showers to relax those muscles
Say No, No, No to:
Raw, uncooked or undercooked meat and eggs. Eat cooked
Caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, colas
Excessive or vigorous exercise and physical activities.
Seek your doctor's advice on safe forms of exercises
and do them in moderation.
Cough and cold medications and all other over-the-counter
drugs without checking with your health care provider
Alcoholic drinks including wine. You will not know
the safe amounts you can consume so why not avoid
Toxic chemicals such as paints and pesticides
Smoking and secondhand smoke
X-rays unless your doctor has Okayed it.
Aspirin and other analgesics, sleeping pills (consult
with your doctor first)
Hot environments such as saunas or hot baths. High
temperatures is risky for your baby
High fat and sugary foods. Opt for healthier snacks
Saccharin - Go for sugar instead
Sodium - eat it in moderation to control the incidence
Stress, Create a positive environment through with
good books, soothing music etc anything to keep your
mind off tension.