Tips for Pregnant Women for Good Health
Many expectant mothers are really worried about their babies. When you are pregnant, you can experience different physiological changes at different stages, and these are normal phenomena. There are many do's and don'ts for mother-to-bes during pregnancy. Read the following article to find out.
You'd better choose loose and comfortable clothes and be sure to keep warm. Do not bind your breasts or waist. If it's too tight both your baby and you will feel uncomfortable and it may even affect the growth of your baby.
As a mother-to-be, you absorb nutrients to maintain your body needs and to provide essential nutrients for your baby's growth and development. Do vary your diet and do not be a picky eater; do increase the nutrition and eat foods that are easy to digest and rich in protein, vitamins, especially vitamin C & vitamin E, and folic acid, as well as iron and calcium. Do take a light diet and avoid stimulating foods, drinking and smoking.
Medication during Pregnancy
Do consult your doctor before taking any medications during pregnancy. In the first trimester, your baby is developing the organs and prone to the malformation caused by certain medications. Some drugs like hormone, antibiotic, antimalarial, anesthetic and sedative should be banned or used with caution.
Do not use the cosmetics containing hormones and heavy metals like copper, mercury and lead. Choose good quality, guaranteed and mild products dominated by simple and natural ingredients.
Rest and Sleep
As an expectant mother, you can easily feel tired and need to get plenty of sleep and rest. In addition to the eight hours of sleep at night, you'd better have an hour or so of noon break. Take the left lateral position to promote the blood circulation in uterine and placenta, facilitate the fetal growth and relieve the edema of lower limbs. In special circumstances like malposition, follow the doctor's advice on special sleep position.
Pregnancy does not mean the prohibition of all exercise. Instead, the right amount of appropriate activities helps metabolism. But do not take any strenuous exercise and avoid getting fatigued by a long journey which can cause miscarriage or premature birth by vibration.
As long as you are in good health, you can still do the normal work but avoid the heavy physical labor and reduce workload appropriately in the third trimester. Do take extra care to avoid any hit on your belly during pregnancy.
Due to the exuberant secretion of sweat gland and the increased leucorrhea during pregnancy, you should take a bath and change clothes more frequently, and rinse your vulva daily. In the last two months of pregnancy, do not bath in a tub but take a warm shower or sponge bath to avoid ascending infection. Also, do not take it too long.
After the second trimester and until the delivery, wipe your nipples daily with a towel to remove the nipple fouling and improve the skin, so as to avoid cracked nipples when breastfeeding. If your nipples are flat or sunken, please pull gently with your fingers regularly to facilitate the later breastfeeding.
Stay away from sex in the first trimester and the last two months of pregnancy, so as to avoid miscarriage, premature birth and infection.