Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy
Most women worry, to some degree or another, about achieving a healthy pregnancy. The good news is that the most important preparation you can make to achieve a healthy pregnancy is to be concerned about a healthy pregnancy, and to be willing to do what you need to do to educate yourself on how to go about achieving a health pregnancy. Achieving a healthy pregnancy is not too terribly difficult, and there are a few basic principles that you can use to make preparations for a healthy pregnancy.
Perhaps the most important step in order to achieve a healthy pregnancy is to get regular prenatal medical care. Once you believe that you are pregnant, you should speak with your health care provider. This should occur within the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy. During this visit, your health care provider will help you to calculate your due date, and give you an overall physical exam. You will then see your health care provider about every 4 weeks, with more frequent visits as you get into your third trimester.
The second preparation you can make to achieve a healthy pregnancy is to be aware of nutritional issues. If your health care provider recommends a prenatal vitamin, you should take it. You will also want to maintain a balanced diet, with an increase of only around 300 calories per day during pregnancy. You will want to make sure that you are gaining an appropriate amount of weight and at a steady pace. Avoid certain kinds of foods that tend to contain bacteria or harmful substances, such as deli meats, raw meats or fish, or fish that may contain mercury. Tobacco and alcohol should be avoided, and it is probably a good idea to cut caffeine down to a minimum. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium, because your baby is using a good bit of calcium to grow his bones, too.
Finally, make sure that you’re getting some exercise, as well as some sleep. You don’t want to do anything too high-impact, but moderate intensity activities such as swimming and walking are useful. In addition, you will want to get enough sleep during pregnancy, and it is worth taking the time to find a good comfortable position in which to sleep. Generally laying on your left side is the healthiest option, because it takes some pressure off of your internal organs.