Being healthy and well during pregnancy greatly reduces the risk of birthing complications and other issues. While your doctor and midwife will provide individualized attention, this guide explains some of the basics for a stress-free pregnancy.
How to Maintain Health & Wellness During Pregnancy
1. Eat Healthy, Wholesome Foods
The best pregnancy diets consist of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Stay away from raw foods, as well as any fish known to contain a lot of mercury (including swordfish and shark). You should also eat plenty of dairy products to provide your baby with enough calcium.
2. Take Prenatal Vitamins Early
Prenatal vitamins, such as folic acid, are best taken before you become pregnant. This is because your baby’s development happens rapidly after you conceive, so a prenatal vitamin regimen sets the stage for a healthy pregnancy. If you’re thinking about becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor about prenatal care first.
3. Keep Stress to a Minimum
Find healthy ways to relax and de-stress throughout the day. If you’re given the all-clear by your doctor, consider joining a yoga class suited to pregnant women. Not only will it ensure you’re partaking in a healthy amount of physical activity, but yoga can also be very relaxing for many people. Take time for yourself, whether that involves quietly reading a book or spending time with friends and family.
4. Stay Away From Alcohol
While there is an ongoing debate on how much alcohol is safe for pregnant women to consume, the best course of action is to avoid alcoholic beverages altogether. In fact, if you’re thinking about becoming pregnant in the near future, it’s best to give up alcohol completely before conceiving.
Many women find that giving birth at home is much less stressful, especially when assisted by midwives with compassion and experience. Home Birth with Love in Suffern, NY, is led by Leah Marinelli, a Certified Nurse-Midwife with more than 16 years of experience. Her birthing team will provide advice on prenatal care, while also counseling women on breastfeeding and other issues that can arise once your new baby is here. Schedule a free consultation by calling (845) 641-5058. Visit the website for a full list of services.