Have you heard about nesting during pregnancy? Is it really a thing? Well, the answer is yes. Nesting is when you feel that urge that you want to clean and organize every corner of your house especially the nursery no matter what day or time it may be in preparation for your new baby. Continue reading “Is Nesting Really A Thing?”
It’s not only who are age 35 and above will have high risk pregnancy. We also have to take note of those who have chronic health issues such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and adolescents. These group of women have greater chance for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, problems getting pregnant, premature baby, cesarian birth, etc. Continue reading “High Risk Pregnancy”
For some, pregnancy can be really tough. Some women experience some of these discomforts during pregnancy but there are some who are lucky to be discomfort free especially on their first trimester. Typical symptom women complain on their first trimester is morning sickness or nausea. Continue reading “Discomforts of Pregnancy”
During your pregnancy, it is very important to develop healthy eating habits. The food you eat makes tremendous effects in your pregnancy so here are some ways to be healthy.
The average expected weight gain during pregnancy is 25 to 35 lb for women with a normal pregnancy weight. A slow and steady weight gain is often good. You can discuss this with your doctor and she/he will give you the ideal weight gain goal for your pregnancy.
Increase calories and nutrients
You will need about 300 additional calories during second and third trimester so make sure you increase your calorie intake to meet your increased metabolic needs. This is not the time to diet. Think of the ways on how to meet the calorie intake recommended to also keep your baby healthy.
- Protein – helps for fetal growth
- Vitamins – a. folic acid – prevents certain birth defects and anemia, b. calcium and vitamin D – promote fetal bone and tooth development and prevent maternal bone loss
- Minerals – iron – prevents anemia
Drink 8 to 10 (8 oz) glasses of fluids daily, 4 to 6 glasses should be water. Fluids helps with constipation and prevents bladder infections.
Foods to Limit
Ask your healthcare provider first about limitations on these certain foods.
- Organ meats
- Artificial sweeteners
- Foods high in sodium
Foods to Avoid
- Raw fish, soft scrambled eggs, foods with raw or lightly cooked eggs
- Unpasteurized milk and juices
- Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafoods
- fish high in mercury (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tile fish, albacore tuna)
- Deli meats (can cause food poisoning); must be reheated before eating
- Unwashed fruits and vegetables
You decided to start another chapter in your life – parenthood. You probably have lots of questions that are running in your head. But first, there are some things that you must remember for you to have a good and healthy pregnancy.
Adopt a healthy lifestyle.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Make sure you stock your fridge with healthy food.
- Regular exercise. Some women are already physically active before pregnancy and some are not. Exercise 3 or more times a week.
- Don’t smoke, drink alcohol and do not use recreational drugs. Make sure you get some help if you’re having trouble in these aspect. If you really want to stop, there’s a way and there’s always someone that can help. These will bring really bad effects to your baby if you will not stop using them.
- Health problems under control. If you have health problems like diabetes or hypertension that are not controlled, follow up with your primary healthcare provider first. These health conditions can affect your pre and post pregnancy.
- Take your prenatal vitamins. This will help in the development of a healthy baby.
- Watch your weight. Some women are being advised to be within 15 pounds of their ideal weight to have a healthy pregnancy.
- Get recommended vaccines.
- Keep track of your menstrual cycle. It helps you know the best time to get pregnant. Also, it can help your doctor figure out when your baby is due.
- Make an appointment with your OB-GYNE. Your doctor can answer any questions you may have about conceiving. If you are taking birth control pills or any birth control method, when is the best time to stop them? You can also ask special care if you have chronic health problems, diabetes and hypertension. If you are worried about taking over-the-counter medicines, you can ask your doctor if they are safe to take.
Important: Make sure you get regular prenatal care as soon as you learned that you are pregnant.