Best wishes on your pregnancy! Now that you know you’re pregnant, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby by following a few simple guidelines.
Go through your prenatal checkups
Good prenatal care is essential for you and your baby. Consult a gynecologist right away and schedule your first prenatal visit. This consistent care can help keep you and your baby healthy, spot problems if they occur, and prevent problems during delivery.
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy
Now that you’re eating for two, you may be surprised to learn that you only need about 300 additional calories per day. Make sure you get plenty of protein in your diet and meet your daily calcium, iron and folic acid requirement. Stay away from under cooked eggs and meat, unpasteurized dairy products and juices, raw sea foods to avoid ingesting bacteria that could harm your baby.
Get Some Rest
The fatigue you feel in the first and third trimesters is your body’s way of telling you to slow down. So listen up and take it easy as much as you can. If you can’t swing a nap in the middle of the day, give yourself a break and let your other responsibilities slide a little. Learn to relax with relaxation and breathing techniques, which can also help when the contractions begin. A warm bath or shower before bed can be helpful.