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Hello mummies-to-be! We’re back today with a write up on some tips to help guide you along the pregnancy dos and don’ts. As you already know, the folklores and horror pregnancy stories are ceasing to exist in this modern age. However, this does not make it ok to do everything you’ve been ‘warned’ not to do by the older generation. For example, it is still unsafe for a pregnant woman to be out on the streets in the night—not because of the ghosts that’re lurking in the shadows but due to the dark streets and how it will affect your vision thus, ensuring you avoid anything mishaps if they were to occur. Let’s get on to it, now.

Dos:

Multivitamin: studies have shown following a healthy diet alone may not be enough for pregnancy. Hence, it is always good to take a multivitamin on top of following a balanced diet that’s rich in vitamins and minerals to provide your baby and you with the appropriate amount of nutrients it needs. That way it’s beneficial for your baby and you. Do take note of the ingredients of a multivitamin before purchase though. And bear in mind that omega-3 fats are important for your baby’s brain development.

Ample rest: being sleep deprived doesn’t work well with anyone. Let alone a pregnant mummy. Once your newborn arrives it’ll make sleep elusive. Therefore, it’s always advisable to grab as much rest as you can. If a deep slumber isn’t attainable, schedule naps whenever you can. Change up your bedtimes to achieve the required 8 hours of sleep each night. Fatique is a sign that your body needs more rest, so ditch the worrying and get as much Zzz’s as you can.

Work out: remember when women were told to avoid lifting a finger whilst pregnant? Well, gone are those days. We know that ample exercise is good for mummy and baby. Regular exercise also helps with insomnia, muscle pains, excessive weight gains and mood swings. If you were quite a health nut before being pregnant, continue the good habit. If exercise isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you can opt to give yoga shot.

Don’ts:

No smoking: yes, we know you already know this. But, being around smokers could also be harmful to yours and your baby’s health. Hence, it is advisable to stay away whenever possible. Also, babies born to women who smoke whilst pregnant are most likely to have a lower birth weight and are more likely to incur learning disabilities as compared to those mummies who don’t smoke.

No raw meat: ditch the steak tartare and opt for well, cooked dishes. As we know undercooked meat and eggs have a higher risk of foodborne illnesses. Also, food poisoning is quite the common occurrence and these conditions can cause serious and life-threatening illnesses.

No deli meats: this is inclusive of storebought or frozen sausages, salmon, nuggets and other cured means. Due to the various kinds of toxins they are possibly injected with to last longer – it may not work well with a pregnant mummy’s body.

Remember if anything is bothering you, do follow it up with your Gynae. Have a smooth sailing pregnancy, mummies!

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Growing a human inside you is no easy feat. You don’t just deal with physical symptoms but mental and emotional ones too. The backaches, cramps and foot aches are coupled with emotional roller-coasters and brain drain. You’ll also experience more stress closer to the advent of your budding bub as you change you and your partner organize and prepare for a sea change of your carefree lifestyles! These moments can be overwhelming and stressful. Remember that the stress you feel can result in physical ailments like high blood pressure and impact your baby growing inside you. That’s why you need to make sure you create some Zen moment! Here are some suggestions for ways to Zen out during this period:
Knead the Stress Away!

Treat yourself to a prenatal massage. A massage therapist can tailor massage and pressure intensity to suit your pregnancy and health concerns. A prenatal massage can work wonders on body and mind. It will help to alleviate back pains, cramps and muscle aches and improves blood circulation. It could also help you get some rest.  Prior to going for the passage, keep the following in mind:

Walk It Off!

Even if you feel sluggish during this time, make sure to stick to a light exercise routine. Exercise lifts the spirits and creates endorphins to give you that Zen feeling! However, avoid any strenuous activity during this time. Check with your doctor prior to starting any sport. Walking is a great cardiovascular activity that you can stick to during this time. Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes as proper sole support can take you a long way during your pregnancy. Zen out during long weekends.

Give yourself some TLC

You might be thinking more of your baby and overlook your own health and appearance. Make sure to take some TO to pamper yourself with a much needed beauty treatment like mani/pedicures! Head on down to your favourite nail salon or hair dresser for some self-loving.

There are number of ways to Zen out during this time, make sure to do so as it can have a positive impact on your general wellness.

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