There are many things that are unexpected when you are pregnant, but, there are also things that are to be expected. Things such as worrying, stress, endless questions, feeling uncomfortable, lack of sleep, and an amazing experience are just a few.
It is important for you to make sure you are looking after yourself when you are expecting, but how do you do this? Let’s have a look at some of the ways below:
Ask Plenty Of Questions
Knowledge is power, especially when your body is going through the changes of pregnancy. This means that you need to ask as many questions as you need to. Whether it’s asking if they will be using a wireless ultrasound, a large machine, or simply asking about acid reflux and how to calm it down, no question is a silly question. You are going to feel better and less stressed if you make sure you get some answers. It’s much better than letting them sit in your head.
Some will say that you need to eat for two, however, this isn’t the case. Yes, you are supporting your little one through your food as well as other ways, but they certainly don’t need you to increase your portion size by double. You will find that your appetite increases, however, try not to overindulge. Your baby only actually needs around 200 extra calories in the first trimester and you shouldn’t put on much weight until your third trimester. None of it should be through overindulging.
Drink Enough Fluids
You are ideally supposed to get 10 cups of fluid each day when you are expecting. This doesn’t include a caffeinated drink, which you should be minimizing. Water is the best choice but you can enjoy the odd glass of juice, milk, and squash. A great way to help you drink enough throughout the day is to use a water bottle., once it is empty top it up and have it to hand. This is especially important when you go out for the day.
Keep Yourself Moving
You have probably seen it over and over in movies and on TV, where they encourage pregnant women to do nothing at all. While it is important for you to get rest when you need it, it is just as important for you to make sure you keep yourself moving. Exercise during pregnancy is fantastic for both you and the baby. It increases blood flow, reduces stress, and helps you to stay fit for labor. Prenatal yoga is a great way to get you moving, stretching, and keep you healthy. While doing this, you should also think about your pelvic floor and kegel exercises. They aren’t just something your midwife likes to talk about they are important and key to recovery after birth.
These four tips should help you to look after yourself when expecting. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments area below.