Tips For a Healthy Pregnancy
Being pregnant is usually a wonderful time in any woman’s life but it is important that you understand that everything you do can affect your growing baby. I have recommended some tips to help you stay well and develop a healthy and positive pregnancy.
- Pre Pregnancy Checkup
If you are planning to conceive or are actively trying to become pregnant make an appointment with your obstetrician so that he can ensure you have been properly vaccinated, give you advice on various pre-natal vitamins, address any medical issues that you have and give you further advice on what to do to help maintain your overall health.
- Eat Well
It is important to eat a balanced diet in order to stay healthy during the pregnancy. Fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other foods like proteins and dairy products will ensure you are not only looking after your own health but also your growing baby’s. It is important to drink plenty of water and stay well-hydrated especially during the warmer months.
At your first consultation my staff will give you a list of foods that are considered dangerous during pregnancy and should be avoided. These foods include raw or undercooked food, processed meats, soft cheeses and soft-serve ice cream. You also should avoid alcohol and reduce caffeine.
It is important to continue exercising regularly as a way of staying fit and healthy during your pregnancy. Overall exercise helps strengthen your body. It can help to relieve back pain and restless legs. There are many exercise classes that are available specifically for pregnant women including yoga and pilates. Our office has information regarding some of these facilities. Swimming and walking is also a safe form of exercise.
- Stop Smoking
Smoking can have very harmful effects on your unborn baby and can lead to complications such as premature birth, low birth weight and miscarriage. If you are having problems ceasing smoking please speak to me or one of my staff.
Be mindful of all medications that you are taking. Many over the counter medications are suitable to take but you should discuss all medications that you take with me at your initial consultation. These include medication prescribed by a natural therapist.
All recreational and illegal drugs should be avoided while you are trying to conceive and while you are pregnant. They can cause harm to both you and your baby.
- Antenatal Education
All of the hospitals that I attend offer antenatal education classes. If you are nervous about pregnancy or delivery, learning and understanding as much as you can about your body and how it works during pregnancy and labour can certainly alleviate some of your anxiety. We advise you not to Google if you have a medical problem. Rather we would prefer you contact my staff or I.
Pregnancy can result in tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue so it is important to listen to your body and rest whenever you are able to. Sometimes this means cutting down on hours at work and discussing this with your employer if you need a little bit of time off your feet.
- Schedule a Dental Appointment
It is highly recommended to ensure good oral hygiene that you visit your dentist regularly during your pregnancy. Some conditions like gum disease can be exacerbated if you are suffering from morning sickness. Most dental procedures are entirely safe but always feel free to contact my staff if you have any queries before embarking on a complex dental procedure.
- Make Time For Yourself
It is important to make time for yourself whenever possible. Pregnancy itself can be very challenging and tiring, as well as stressful. You will experience mood swings due to the pregnancy hormone and it is important to be psychologically positive and look forward to the new life you are creating. It is important to look after not only your body and baby, but also your mental health.
I am expert obstetrician and gynaecologist with over three decades of experience and my staff are all very experienced and highly dedicated midwives who will be able to help you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy and help ensure that your delivery and postnatal experience is memorable.