"If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle." ~Erma Bombeck
Pregnancy is a time when a female blossoms into a woman and waits for her turn to become a mother.
It enriches a woman with an experience never felt before and prepares her to tend for the new life growing inside her.
Here are a few self-care tips that will help during pregnancy.
Remember to eat healthy always. Make sure your meals are balanced and nutritious.
Avoid uncooked food, even salads, and ensure that your food is hygienic. If you have a sensitive stomach, avoid eating outdoors.
Constipation is very common during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber - laden food such as whole - wheat or multi grain breads.
Avoid Cigarettes & Alcohol
Avoid smoking completely and try to avoid taking too much of alcohol.
Some think that the occasional red wine may not be harmful but it is better to stay away from alcohol as far as possible.
For that matter, too much of coffee is also not good but that does not mean that you should deprive yourself of your morning cuppa!
Go for your scheduled medical check - ups and scans.
Tell your doctor if you observe anything unusual, such as spotting. Make sure you take all the multivitamins and tonics that are prescribed by your doctor
Heavy exercising is not recommended for pregnant women but gentle or moderate exercises, such as walking, will be beneficial.
Nowadays, physical trainers are teaching exercises that are pregnancy- specific. These exercises help to keep a pregnant woman fit besides ensuring a smooth delivery.
Melodies of Life
Listening to soulful music each day of your pregnancy can be 'nourishing' to the soul and to the baby!
Make sure they are melodious and not sad songs!
Similarly reading good books, particularly joke books can provide you with a good laugh and keep you light - hearted and stress - free.
Mums - in - the - making will find that there are changes in their skin brought about by changes in their hormone levels
An effective skin- care regimen will help to maintain a beautiful and glowing skin. Avoid products with harsh chemicals such as AHAs and Glycolic acids.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and never forget your sunscreen
Sleep Tight but Right
Avoid sleeping on your back as the added weight can be harmful for your back muscles and spinal cord.
Try to sleep on your left side, as it would ensure adequate oxygen supply to your fetus.
Listening to mellifluous music or reading a nice book will make sure that you have a trouble-free sleep.
This is such an exciting time! But with the changes taking place in our body, it's easy to feel self-conscious. Take charge of our attitude. Surround yourself with positive friends or join a pregnancy support group. Read books or talk to our health care provider about what to expect. By eating right, exercising, and having a positive attitude, we can enjoy pregnancy to the fullest.