For starters, if you are a health conscious person and you’ve reached that point in your life when you feel like you are ready to be a mother, you should have a talk with your doctor before you get pregnant. It is best if you do a complete set of analyses before you consider getting pregnant, so that you know if you have any health risks. Your doctor should also know your family’s health history, as certain genetic conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disorders can be activated during the pregnancy.
If you have any addictions or unhealthy habits, you should deal with them beforehand, so that the body gets a chance to health itself before the pregnancy. For example, if you are a smoker, you should quit at least a few moths before getting pregnant, if not a full year in advance. This being said, once you get pregnant, there are a few of rules that you need to follow. In order to help you through this period, we have prepared a healthy pregnancy guide for you.
A balanced diet is essential for any pregnant woman. Contrary to popular belief, it is not normal to indulge yourself to all of your culinary desires during pregnancy. Nevertheless, it is normal to consume more calories than you used to, especially in the second and third trimester of the pregnancy. Follow these simple nutrition guidelines if you want both you and your baby to be healthy.
What you should eat
- Fruits and vegetables – Include as many fruit and vegetable in your diet as possible, especially the brightly colored ones. Color wise, you should eat at least one orange fruit or veggie each day and a dark green one. If you can, try to only buy organic produce.
- Grain – A balanced diet should include various grain products, but it is best if you choose products that are low in fat and sugar.
- Dairy products – Milk, yoghurt and cheese are essential for a pregnant woman’s diet. While it is recommended to eat all types of dairy products during pregnancy, if you can, focus on yoghurt as the calcium in it is more easily absorbed by the body as opposed to the calcium in the milk.
- Proteins – In order to grow into a healthy baby, the fetus needs plenty of protein. Low fat meat should be consumed daily, and if you are not fond of meat or if you are a vegan, opt for other proteins such as soy, peas or lentils. While fish can also be a healthy choice, avoid it, as not all fish are allowed during pregnancy.
What you shouldn’t eat
During pregnancy, you should avoid all types of raw meat. For added safety, only opt for well done meat. Raw meat can contain dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella. Avoid all products that can contain uncooked meat or eggs (this is particularly tricky as a lot of sauces are made with uncooked eggs). Avoid pate, mould-ripened cheese, blue- veined cheese, hot dogs, unpasteurized milk, smoked meat, unpasteurized juices and raw sprouts.
Prenatal vitamins are essential not only for the baby, but also for the mother. During pregnancy, the body perceives the fetus as a priority and gives them all the necessary nutrients. Whether or not any nutrients are left for the mother, that’s up to her. A lot of mothers can deliver healthy babies but experience health problems such as baldness or anemia.
Unless you have a problematic pregnancy, there is no reason you can’t stay active during this period of your life, especially if you were a very active person before you got pregnant. However, it is best not to strain yourself and ideally, you should discuss with your doctor about the exercise routines that you have in mind. We know you are scared of loosing your figure and you’ve seen skinny supermodels delivering healthy babies, but straining yourself too much can put both you and your baby at risk.