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4 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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While many women approach the beginning of pregnancy with excitement, the joy may begin to wear off when troubling symptoms, such as morning sickness and extreme fatigue, take over the body. Some women may begin worrying about other potential problems, such as hemorrhoids, high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain. While every pregnancy has at least some discomfort, following these four tips can create the most problem-free pregnancy possible.

Prenatal Vitamins

Although some women believe that eating a healthy diet is sufficient for nutrition, this is not the case during pregnancy. The baby will be taking many of the vitamins and minerals from the mother’s diet as they grow and develop through the months. Mothers should choose prenatal vitamins over regular multivitamins due to their increased levels of both iron and folic acid.

Prenatal Medical Care

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, early prenatal care is vital for healthy pregnancies and for the reduction of preterm birth. Prenatal care should begin in the first trimester and should include routine lab work. Women should also receive at least one or two ultrasounds by a professional with a bachelor’s degree in medical sonography.

Proper Exercise

Pregnancy can seem like a great excuse for dropping an exercise routine. However, physicians recommend continuing to exercise during pregnancy in most cases. Of course, women should check with their doctors first, but exercise can keep off excessive weight gain, keep muscles toned in preparation for childbirth and even help with postpartum health.

Emotional Health

While many doctors focus mainly on physical health during pregnancy, a woman’s emotional health is not to be overlooked. Because of wildly fluctuating hormones, women’s moods may seem like a turbulent roller-coaster ride. However, stress hormones can travel to the baby, affecting development. Women are encouraged to take time for themselves, have a massage or a warm bath or talk with their doctors if they feel that their emotions are out of control.

Because pregnant women are caring for both themselves and their unborn child, they must take care to treat their bodies and minds with compassion and wisdom during this time. What they put into their bodies greatly affects the unborn child, and even their stressors can affect their own minds as well as the growth and welfare of the baby. The possibility of having a mainly problem-free pregnancy are heightened by following these healthy body and mind tips.

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