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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.
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.
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!
Gaining weight has destroyed the self-esteem of many since the day of age. Ah, the things you have to sacrifice to accommodate to your new tenant. Clothes don’t fit like they used to before, the skin on your face isn’t as flawless as it once was, those dreadful dark circles come out to play whilst you’re suffering from a mix of sleep deprivation and lethargy on a daily basis, the sudden thinning of your hair and those swelled up ankles/feet amidst the other physical horrors of pregnancy that shouldn’t receive more attention than it should. We are here to help you turn that frown upside down while being in support of you loving your beautiful pregnant body!
Clothes don’t fit you like they used to before? Hey! Use that as an excuse the next time you’re out shopping. Rock your beautiful baby bump in that brand new maxi dress you’ve been looking to get for the longest time. The best part about a pregnancy body is obviously enjoying the perks of living in comfort. Get those yoga pants and waistless jeans out and go about your day-to-day routine in them. No one will judge a pregnant woman when it comes to clothes and let’s face it, who dares to anyway?
Myth busted! Make way for this amazing thing called the Pregnancy Glow! With everyone you meet complimenting how radiant you look now, it is only natural for people to look past the flaws you think you have seemed to incur during pregnancy. We blame the human mind for making us aware of our insecurities for that! What you have to realise is that with pregnancy comes along a package of beauty perks. A little weight gain shouldn’t impede your confidence. Break through and embrace the life that is growing within you. Remember to snack on more fruits to keep up with the pregnancy glow. Have no fear-we promise not to tell on you for secretly enjoying your pregnant body for as long as you can.
Another bonus to loving your body is definitely the view. With your “girls” growing rapidly what’s a little more attention, right? These two very prominent benefits of pregnancy will be on display for you to love. Sit back, relax and soak in every moment of attention given to you by your loving spouse.
Ending off on a lighter note, you also can use your belly as it doubles as a built-in shelf. The pregnant belly can come in handy in this manner. We’ll fill you in on a story by one of our pregnant mommies. As she was munching away on a plate of cookies recently. a cookie got knocked off her hand by accident. She groaned as the thought of picking it off the floor serves as a difficult task with the baby bump in the way. However, when she looked down, she saw that the fall of her cookie was unharmed and lying atop her 30-weeks pregnant belly. Now, we are not advising you to use your baby bump as a permanent dining table but it sure comes in handy in times of crisis. The crisis, in this case, being the fall of a half-eaten cookie!
So ladies, there we have it! Get out there and strut your beautiful body to the world.
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.
The pains of labor are most certainly unavoidable but there are ways to make it a less physically challenging event. For a woman having her first baby, this experience of labour can often be unpredictable. Expectant mums with a high pain tolerance can opt for more natural options. However in the event the pain becomes intolerable, they should also be open to medication.
Fitness is key to improving endurance which means your tolerance level will be higher. On top of experiencing shorter labors, Pregnant mums who are fit tend to go through labor without medical intervention. Walking, swimming or prenatal exercises are certainly beneficial. Be sure to get the OK from your doctor for prenatal activities.
When there is pain all over the body, muscles tend to tense up. A warm shower is known to be good at any stage of labor. The warmness serves to counteract against pain. Aim the shower head at the areas where pain is at the most intense to get relief. This will help to get through an easier labor.
It is to the mother’s advantage to staying upright. The baby’s head pressing on the cervix will help dilation. Coupled with being in a variety of positions such as standing or kneeling does lessen discomfort. Movement can also help to move labor along.
Familiarising yourself with the stages of childbirth before the big even serves to reduce anxiousness. These classes will teach expectant women comfort measures that prepare you the act of giving birth. Classes can range from a one-day intensive workshop to weekly sessions lasting a month. Typically the classes include lectures, discussions, and exercises, all led by a trained childbirth instructor. A further bonus is the chance to meet other pregnant mums, a great way to forge a support system.
During labor, try to draw on the relaxation technique of taking slow breathes between contractions. This pattern of breathing is a good strategy to reduce intense cramps for an easier labor. Try visualising good memories or listen to your favourite playlist as you employ deep breathing.
Every labor will end eventually and even the most arduous is the most worthwhile experience for every mother.