Maintaining your health during pregnancy is incredibly difficult. While you want to give your precious cargo the best start in life, being pregnant is terribly draining and hard work. Ensuring that you remain fit and healthy should be your number one priority while pregnant to make sure that you and your baby have the best start. Your baby deserves to have a healthy mum, and you want to embark on your new journey into motherhood in the peak of physical wellness.
One of the key things to remember is to not eat for two. Eating for two, while it all sounds appealing can result in mums to be eating far too much food and generally eating foods that are bad for you. Sorry to be a party pooper, but ensuring that you eat a rich, well balanced diet is a sure fire way of keeping you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and remain hydrated through water. Realistically, you should only up your calorie intake in the last three months of pregnancy. Avoid caffeine where possible and do not drink alcohol and smoke while you are pregnant, although this is fairly obvious advice.
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Equally as important during pregnancy is to maintain a regular regime of exercise. That is not to say you need to lift weights and go for rigorous regime, the key is to ensure that you are in tip top condition for when you come to give birth. Giving birth is not entirely easy (although you are probably aware of this) keeping yourself in good physical health will make the process a little easier, although it cannot be guaranteed the pain will be any less! If you want to monitor your childbirth, take a look at Tens Medical Services, who offer a wide range of monitors and aids to ensure that you are at a physical peak when you give birth. Building strength and endurance will certainly help you in labour, but do be careful not to over-do it. After all, your most precious cargo should be the key focus of your mind. Walking, swimming, pilates and yoga are great low impact exercises to keep your physically fit while pregnant as well as keeping you toned. Do as much as you feel comfortable with. When you start to get tired, stop. No one is expecting you to run marathons. The most important thing is you and your baby, so do what you feel comfortable with.
One of the most important things you can do while pregnant is rest. While the thought of taking regular rest can seem the furthest thing from your mind, it is important that you rest regularly to ensure that health and well being of both you and your child. Many women feel fatigued during the early stages of pregnancy and that is perfectly normal. If you feel tired, take a nap or simply stop what you are doing and sit. While it may not be practical for busy working mums to be, your health is the most important thing to be in control of while you are pregnant.
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Have a happy and healthy pregnancy and give your baby what you both deserve.