How to be healthy during pregnancy

by Mujjen

Being pregnant is not a sickness, but you need to customize your life a little bit to stay healthy.

Eating good food

Important for healthy pregnancy

pregnant healthy womanYou are really eating for two when you are pregnant, and what you eat is very important to your baby. Everything that goes into your mouth will end up with the baby, so pay attention! By planning your meals, you can make sure you get all the vital nourishment for your baby.

In general, you need to eat a well-balanced pregnancy diet. Try to include a lot of fruits and vegetables. (Washing them well is even more important during pregnancy). Lean meat and poultry, fish in moderate portions, all of it well cooked. Calcium is needed to build up baby's body. This does not necessarily mean you have to start drinking milk. Yogurt and cheese also contain calcium, as do certain vegetables. Try to avoid fried food, and saturated fats in general. Not only is it bad for you, you do not want to gain too much weight. The strain on your body is great when pregnant, avoiding unnecessary weight gain can help a lot. A little fat and a little salt is necessary, it is the excess that can be bad for you. (Picture Credit)

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Proper exercise during pregnancy

Some women are prescribed bedrest for part or most of the pregnancy, but they are relatively few in number. Most pregnant women need to exercise, preferably on a daily basis. Granted, if you have not been doing much before getting pregnant, this is not the time to start with strenous activity. But gentle exercise, such as walking or swimming is possible to most women.

Exercising will help you have a pleasant pregnancy. It will strengthen your muscles, minimizing backpain. Constipation is another common problem during pregnancy which can be helped with exercise. Adding to this the strength and stamina you are building up to cope with late pregnancy, birth and feeding. All of this is hard work, and you need all the strength you can build up.

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Things to avoid for a healthy pregnancy

Despite decades of warnings, there are still many women who smoke during pregnancy. Not only is it bad for themselves, it can cause serious harm to the baby. Over a thousand babies die each year because their mothers smoked while pregnant. The poisonous particles of cigarettes go straight to the baby, through the placenta. These will prevent the baby from getting sufficient nutrition and oxygen it so badly needs. It is common for babies of smoking mothers to have low birth-weight, as well as lung problems.

Alcohol could also be lethal to an unborn child. Since baby's organs are so small and not fully developed, the alcohol does not get assimilated so fast. Studies show that when the mother has drunk alcohol, the baby has a higher concentration, for a longer period of time, in its system. Again, the alcohol will impede nutrients and oxygen from reaching the baby. Many babies are born with both physical and abnormalities, because the mother drank too much during pregnancy.

There are even certain foods that are potentially harmful to both mother and child during pregnancy. Read more about these in the article, Foods to avoid during pregnancy.

More info about pregnancy

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While pregnant, there are certain foods that can be harmful to either the mother or the baby. Find out what food to avoid when pregnant.
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Morning sickness and heartburn are probably among the most common inconveniences during pregnancy. The suffering can be lessened by these few, natural tips.

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Updated: 10/09/2011, Mujjen
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Mujjen on 10/18/2011

Yes, sometimes pregnancy can be tough, like a sickness. The important thing is to do our best not to be the cause of discomfort and suffering during pregnancy, as well as make sure the baby is fine.

TerriRexson on 10/18/2011

Gah. I had hyperemesis gravidarum. Unfortunately for some of us pregnancy is a sickness. The babies turned out fine though.

irenemaria on 10/02/2011

To have a calm, happy life. To sing often so the baby can hear. To allow Daddy to kiss the tummy and talk to the little tiny family member. To eat healthy food and be careful with toxins like alcohol and coffee.

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