This is perhaps the best time of your life (notwithstanding the morning sickness, the urge to puke and the mood swings). Your body is undergoing phenomenal changes each week as the new life inside you grows rapidly. A healthy pregnancy depends on a number of factors. Here are some tips that are useful to follow for a healthy pregnancy.
Understand pregnancy. It’s a wonder how a woman’s body adapts itself to the new life inside it. As the little being inside you grows, your body will undergo unprecedented changes. Don’t get daunted by them; instead, revel in the changes. Read up and learn about your changing body.
Speak to other women in your life – family, friends, colleagues – about pregnancy, labour and birth. Read books. Discuss with your gynaecologist. The better informed you are, the better prepared you will be for further changes.
Give your body what it needs. Eat a well-balanced diet. Include lots of calcium, protein and iron. Ingest an additional 500 calories each day to cater to the increased demands on your body.
Do not take any medication unless approved by your gynaecologist. Drink lots of water. Avoid substances that may be dangerous for you and your baby (cigarettes, alcohol, drugs). Get adequate rest. And exercise after consulting your doctor.
Be happy. A mother-to-be should try and remain unequivocally happy during the nine months of pregnancy. It will have a healthy impact on the baby (as your baby can communicate with you), of course, and it will also make labour and birth easier. Learn to overcome stress and relax. Do deep breathing. Learn meditation and listen to soothing music.
Communicate with your baby. Research shows that babies can sense ‘touch’ as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy! Talk, sing, whisper, reach out to your baby and enjoy your growing bond with him. Maintain a record of your pregnancy. Write, take audio and video recordings, click lots of pictures.
Deepen your bond with your partner. Unless it was a relationship of convenience, your partner is not merely a means to an end (the pregnancy!). As you grow a special bond with your baby, don’t forget to include the man who made it all possible in the first place.
Spend time with your partner, tell him you love him, take him through your physical changes and your mental make-up, communicate with him. Not only will it make your pregnancy healthier, it’ll provide a new fillip to your relationship.