You’ve just taken a pregnancy test and it has turned out to be positive, now you’re likely wondering, what next? It is best to try and stay calm and think through your decisions. Pregnancy is a time that you need to take really good care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Good health habits should be practiced during those nine months to ensure that you have an uneventful and trouble-free pregnancy; along with the delivery of a healthy baby.
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Following these simple tips will help put you on the right track.
Seek Medical Attention:
As soon as you realize you’re pregnant, take the steps to see your medical practitioner; either a midwife or obstetric-gynecologist to start your prenatal care. Scheduling this appointment will enable you to get good pregnancy advice early enough and provide for the time to organize any tests or ultrasounds that may be required.
Have a Good Diet:
Pregnancy is a time when a balanced diet becomes a priority, in order to keep up with the magnitude of changes in your body. Foods rich in protein, folate and iron will provide nourishment to you and the developing fetus. Fluids and foods high in fiber; along with recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables will assist in preventing gastrointestinal issues. Limit caffeine intake and avoid foods that can contain toxins like raw seafood and undercooked meat.
Schedule Regular Exercise:
Regular exercise is beneficial during pregnancy because it builds your endurance and strength needed during your pregnancy, labor and childbirth. It is recommended that pregnant women exercise at least 30 minutes a day, six to seven days a week. The best exercises during pregnancy include walking, yoga and swimming.
Stretching, strengthening and pelvic exercises are also recommended to specifically strengthen your muscles to help ensure a smooth childbirth.
It is advisable to stay away from cigarettes use during pregnancy. Smoking can cause serious health complications to you and the developing baby. The use of tobacco also increases the risk of premature birth, miscarriage and a low birth weight of the baby.
Alcohol is dangerous especially to the growing baby. Heavy alcohol use during pregnancy can lead to the birth of a baby with congenital defects and cognitive impairments. Alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream of the baby and can cause serious and irreparable damage leaving your child to have lifelong difficulties. It’s recommended that you abstain completely from alcohol use.
Ample Rest and Emotional Care:
Getting ample rest and seeking out psychological counseling in the event of stress and depression is important. Dealing with emotional issues is generally easier when you are well rested and receiving counseling and support.
At Alternative Options Pregnancy Resources, we provide counseling and review of options to pregnant women who may not be ready for parenting. Our 24-hour-a day hotline is 844-757-8715 for calls and 801-450-0094 for texts. We place ourselves at your service and are dedicated to serve you efficiently.