To have a fantastic pregnancy we not only need to check at physical health. Being healthy is essential in these minutes, but also be mentally calm, prepared and happy. That’s the reason we will give ten keys to a healthy and happy pregnancy, in which the mind and body blend in harmony to welcome a new member into our own lives.
Eat and drink healthy during pregnancy
The diet has to be varied and balanced. The important thing is to take foods full of nutrients and vitamins like folic acid, iron, calcium, and iodine, but not in fats. The diet has to be varied based on vegetables, fruits, cereals, dairy products, and legumes, without forgetting the daily participation of meat and fish proteins.
A nutritious diet includes maintaining hydration. Drinking enough water and milk to provide us calcium is vital. We could also take juices, better natural rather than sugary. Obviously, let’s forget about alcoholic drinks and coffee.
Take the recommended vitamin supplements
To complement a healthy diet the doctor will recommend particular vitamin supplements that include folic acid, as well as other vitamin and mineral supplements also beneficial for maternity care, such as iron, iodine, calcium… This way we help the fetus to develop properly, avoiding deficiencies that they could cause complications for both the baby and the mother.
For our well-being and an perfect weight gain, it is fundamental to do physical exercise suitable to our state. Whether swimming, yoga, walking, the Pilates method…
By performing a moderate and continuous exercise we’ll improve our cardiovascular and muscle condition and prefer postural correction. All this will provide the pregnant woman using a much better general physical condition and will allow her to confront the job of pregnancy and childbirth with fewer risks.
Go to medical visits
Regularly visit the gynecologist to perform the corresponding tests and obtain adequate prenatal care. This way we’ll monitor both the health of the baby and ours, having the possibility of consulting the expert all our doubts and fears, as well as talking about our delivery program. The prenatal tests will give us peace of mind, they’ll help us to”get closer” to the baby and with the ultrasound, we will have their first images for the memory.
Wear appropriate clothes
We must wear comfortable clothing (including shoes), appropriate to the growth in weight and volume we experience. This will help the blood flow better, our movements are correct and not pressured and the skin remains healthy. It is not about being dressed like bags of potatoes, since fortunately being pregnant is no longer at odds with going fashion, and lots of shops sell beautiful pre-mama clothes.
Pampering our thoughts during pregnancy
If we devote time to look after our body, we must also save time for our relaxation and the care of our mind. Locating our tranquility and doing relaxation exercises at home will help us feel better. We do not need to park the activities that we like going to the movies, reading, going out to the country, crafts…
Look after our skin
During pregnancy, it is vital to apply sunscreen creams to reduce skin stains and burns. Due to the action of hormones, the skin of the pregnant woman suffers alterations such as hyperpigmentation. Additionally, antistrictive creams are significant, which prevent the appearance of the scars with the stretching of our skin, with special attention during the final months, once the skin stretches at a really fast rate.
Hydrating the entire body after a bath or shower gives us a moment of comfort. Gentle massage after exercise helps us feel better. Of course, external hydration needs to be complemented with internal hydration, drinking lots of fluids, as we’ve already mentioned in the section on nutrition. Everything combined will increase our well-being by feeling more attentive and lovely.
A good rest during pregnancy
Sleeping and resting exactly what the body asks of us is very important. Fatigue and sleep can accompany us from the first moment as one of the first signs of pregnancy and hopefully will disappear. But it’s more than likely that we will feel very tired and sleepy again at the final phase of pregnancy. It’s what the body needs, and we must listen to it, resting as much as possible, without forgetting that moderate exercise will make us rest and sleep much better.
Attending childbirth classes can be quite beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Relating to other pregnant women and sharing experiences opens our mind to discover that we aren’t the only ones who have doubts or fears.
They also help us to acquire knowledge and awareness about the changes in our body, knowing concepts about the stages of childbirth, baby hygiene or breastfeeding can help us feel more prepared for the changes that lie ahead. Through knowledge, an important self-confidence is generated thanks to safety, and being a father begins to live already. As much as possible, it’s good to share these courses accompanied by the couple.
Communicate with the infant
Talking to the baby, communication with him, playing music, will make him feel closer, preparing us for the moment where he actually reaches our arms. Know how your development is going on month by month, how it is growing in our womb, write a letter, keep a journal of our pregnancy, react to your kicks…
All these basic activities will achieve the life that’s gestated in our uterus will fill more life to us. The possible discomforts of our pregnancy are forgotten in these minutes of communication.