We don’t need to look only at physical health to have a good pregnancy. Being healthy is essential in these moments, but at the same time be mentally calm, prepared and happy. That’s why we’re going to give you the ten keys to a healthy and happy pregnancy, where mind and body harmoniously unite and welcome a new member into our lives.
Eat and drink healthily during pregnancy
The diet should be varied and balanced. The important thing is to take foods rich in nutrients and vitamins such as folic acid, iron, calcium, iodine, but not in fat. The diet should be diversified according to vegetables, fruits, cereals, dairy products and legumes, not forgetting the daily contribution of meat and fish proteins.
A healthy diet includes maintaining proper hydration. It is very important to drink enough water and milk to give us calcium. We can also have more natural and non-sweetened juices. Of course, let’s forget about alcoholic beverages and coffee.
Take recommended vitamin supplements
To complement a healthy diet, the doctor will recommend some vitamin supplements that contain folic acid, along with other vitamin and mineral supplements that are beneficial for pregnancy maintenance, such as iron, iodine, calcium… In this way we help the fetus develop properly. , deficiencies that may cause complications for both the baby and the mother should be avoided.
exercise during pregnancy
Physical exercise appropriate to our condition is essential for our health and ideal weight gain. Whether swimming, yoga or walking, the Pilates method…
By doing moderate and sustained exercise we will improve our cardiovascular and muscular condition and support postural correction. All this will give the pregnant woman a better overall physical condition and enable her to face the chores of pregnancy and childbirth with less risk.
Go to medical visits
Visit the gynecologist regularly to do the relevant tests and receive adequate prenatal care. In this way, we will monitor both our baby’s and our own health, we will have the opportunity to consult a specialist about all our doubts and fears and talk about our birth plan. Prenatal tests will give us peace of mind, help us “get closer” to the baby, and with ultrasound we will have their first images for memory.
Wear appropriate clothing
We should wear comfortable clothes (including shoes) appropriate for the weight and volume increase we are experiencing. This will help to have better blood circulation, our movements are correct and not forced, and the skin stays healthy. It’s not about dressing like potato sacks, because thankfully being pregnant is no longer trendy and many stores sell beautiful maternity clothes. Heels can wait, but feeling comfortable and beautiful with a nice “wrap” promotes a psychic well-being that’s important right now.
Pampering our minds during pregnancy
If we take time to take care of our body, we also need to take time to relax and take care of our mind. Not only is the body more vulnerable during pregnancy. Finding our peace and doing relaxation exercises at home will help us feel better. We don’t have to park the activities we enjoy going to the movies, reading books, going to the countryside, handicrafts…
Take care of our skin
It is important to apply sunscreen creams to prevent skin blemishes and burns during pregnancy. Due to the influence of hormones, the pregnant woman’s skin is subject to changes such as hyperpigmentation. In addition, in the last months when the skin is stretched very quickly, it is important to pay special attention to antistrictive creams that prevent the formation of these scars by stretching our skin.
Moisturizing the whole body after a bath or shower gives us a moment of relaxation. A light massage after exercise helps us feel better. Of course, external hydration should be complemented by internal hydration by drinking plenty of fluids, as we mentioned earlier in the nutrition section. Everything combined will increase our well-being by feeling more mindful and beautiful.
A good rest during pregnancy
Sleeping and resting is very important what the body wants from us. Fatigue and sleep can accompany us from the first moment as one of the first signs of pregnancy and hopefully it will go away. But in the last stage of pregnancy we are more likely to feel very tired and sleepy again. This is what the body needs, and we should listen to it as much as possible, not forgetting that moderate exercise will help us rest and sleep better.
Attending birthing classes can be very beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Connecting with other pregnant women and sharing experiences allows us to discover that we are not the only ones with doubts or fears.
It also helps us gain knowledge and awareness about changes in our body, knowing concepts about birth, baby hygiene or breastfeeding helps us feel more prepared for the changes that await us. Thanks to knowledge, a significant self-confidence is formed, thanks to security, and fatherhood already begins to live. It is useful to share these lessons with couples as much as possible.
Communicate with the baby
Talking to the baby, communicating with him, playing music will make him feel closer and prepare us for the moment he truly reaches our arms. Know how your evolution is going each month, how it grows in our womb, write a letter, keep a diary of our pregnancy, respond to your kicks…
All these simple activities will allow the life formed in our womb to fill us with more life. In these moments of communication, the possible inconveniences of our pregnancy are forgotten.
Remember, a healthy pregnancy requires a happy pregnancy. We must take care of the mind and body at this delicate stage of our lives, filled with emotions and sometimes contradictory sensations. I hope these tips for achieving a healthy and happy pregnancy will encourage you to approach this stage of your life with optimism and vigor.