When you first find out you’re pregnant, it’s the most wonderful news. But it can also be quite intimidating when you start hearing of all the dos and don’ts for your pregnancy.
Yet, while there are certain foods, drinks and other things you will need to avoid, the rest can be as simple as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
With that in mind, here are 5 easy-to-follow daily habits for a healthy pregnancy, mum and baby:
Drink Plenty of Water
During your pregnancy, water is essential for flushing out toxins and aiding your digestion. It also helps revitalise your body, rehydrates you when you’re suffering from morning sickness and helps keep those awful symptoms of indigestion and heartburn at bay.
Plus, for added safety, you might want to keep an eye on the pH level of the water. You can easily do this with a pH meter from companies like RS. As a general rule of thumb, 6.5 to 8.5 is a good pH for drinking water.
There are a number of specialist vitamin packs that are aimed towards women looking to get pregnant and who are pregnant. These feature all those essential nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy, helping to support you and your baby throughout.
You’ll often need to take these once daily, so set a reminder on your phone or keep them handy on your bedside table so you take them before you go to bed.
To help make giving birth as easy as possible, it is a good idea to work at building up your strength and stamina. Check with your doctor what type of exercise they recommend and look for specialist classes in your area, e.g. yoga for pregnant women.
You’ll also find a number of online classes if you’d rather do things at home (or while your other children are sleeping!).
Love Your Food
Today, there is a lot of pressure on pregnant women to try and maintain their bodies and ‘snap back’ into their pre-pregnancy state as quickly as possible.
This isn’t healthy.
Don’t stress too much about what and how much you should be eating. Instead, love your food just like you did before while looking for recipes that are designed to provide the nutrients you need during your pregnancy (and avoid those certain food groups).
Ultimately, it’s important to listen to your body throughout, eating when you’re hungry so your baby is provided with the nourishment it needs to grow.
Get Lots of Sleep
Finally, it’s crucial you get a good night’s sleep – especially before your baby arrives. Try to get those precious 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night while also introducing the idea of napping into your daily routine if possible.
You are likely to feel tired throughout your pregnancy and a quick nap may be just what you need to rejuvenate. Plus, naps are going to be your saviour when your baby arrives!
All of these lifestyle changes you can make during your pregnancy will help create healthy habits that you’ll probably continue after you’ve given birth, too.