Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts
Congratulations on finding out that you are pregnant. Now it’s your job to create a nurturing environment for your bundle of joy, until it arrives. Here’s a quick list of do’s and don’ts for new mommies, worried if they are doing their best for their new baby.
Do Eat a Balanced Diet
Make sure a variety of vitamins and minerals are included in your diet. Also talk to your doctor about a prescription for prenatal vitamins; these contain all the nutrients expectant mothers need, such as iron, calcium and folic acid etc. Also include foods rich in omega-3 in your diet, these help ensure proper brain development of the baby.
Women who smoke are more likely to give birth to babies with lower birth weight. These babies are also at a greater risk of developing learning disabilities later on in life. As they grow up, children of cigarette-smoking mothers are more likely to become lifelong smokers as well.
Do Get Lots of Sleep
Anxiety and hormonal changes can make sleep downright elusive during pregnancy. Make your sleep a priority, stick to your bedtime and make sure your body gets all the rest it can. You are going to need it later on.
Don’t Eat Foods Made From Unpasteurized Milk
Raw milk contains Listeria, a bacteria that may cause illness, or miscarriage, putting the mother’s life at risk as well as the baby’s. That is why it is important to boil milk before consuming it or using it in any of your recipes.
It’s a good idea to seek out prenatal or gentle yoga classes for mothers-to-be. But before you start, it’s best to consult your doctor about the risks and concerns.
Don’t Drink a Lot of Caffeine
Caffeine can easily travel into your placenta and impact your baby’s heart rate. That’s why it’s never a good idea to consume more than two cups of regular coffee in a day.
Do Get a Flu Shot
The risks of contracting influenza during pregnancy can be severe for the mother as well as the unborn child. Make sure you get a flu vaccine to protect the developing fetus. And finally… keep coming back to HamaraBacha for expert advice and support from thousands of moms like yourself. We are here with guidance and information throughout your pregnancy and even beyond. Keep watching this space!