Pregnancy is the perfect time to start thinking about your health. It’s the start of new beginnings and better habits. While you’re carrying your baby, what you eat & do will not only affect your health but your baby’s too. Even before you even get pregnant it is definitely worth thinking about your health and this goes for your partner too.
Contact your Doctor or Midwife
It is a good idea to contact your doctor or midwife as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Usually this will involve filling out a form at your doctor’s surgery. You will then be contacted by the midwife for a booking in appointment. By registering your pregnancy as soon as possible, you will ensure you receive the correct advice for both you and your baby as well as all your scans and appointments.
Vitamins and Supplements
Although you should receive plenty of vitamins and nutrients from a healthy diet, the NHS recommends that you should take Folic Acid when trying to conceive and at least until you reach 12 weeks. They also recommend taking Vitamin D throughout your pregnancy and if you are breastfeeding. If you are taking additional vitamins, then just check they are suitable to take while pregnant – any questions just ask your midwife.
Whether you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, it is important to try and eat a healthy diet as this will not only provide your body with essential fuel but it will also give your little one a great start. Men too should eat well, particularly if you are trying for a baby. Eat a rainbow of fruit and veg as well plenty of wholegrain carbohydrates, protein and aim for two portions of fish a week. If, however you are struggling to eat due to morning sickness, rest assured your baby will take all the nutrients they need first. If you are finding it hard to eat, do speak to your midwife, particularly if you can’t keep anything down.
It is important to stay active while pregnant, not only will it help your body adapt to your changing shape but it is also said to help with labour as well as help you get back into shape post birth. Pregnancy is not really the time to take on a new challenge fitness wise, but if you
participate in regular exercise prior to pregnancy then there shouldn’t be any reason not to continue – but do let your coach/ trainer know you are pregnant. If you don’t partake in any exercise, then a brisk walk or a swim are both great ways to keep healthy and get your heart rate up. There may also be specific pregnancy exercise groups in your area, this is not only a great way to stay healthy and active but you may also meet new friends who are expecting at a similar time.
You may not have been aware of your pelvic floor before you became pregnant, but you will find out a lot about it during and after pregnancy. It is a good idea to start pelvic floor exercises as soon as possible and continue with these, well forever! This will not only strengthen down there; it will also help post birth too. A good tip is to try and do your exercises at the same time as something else you do several times a day, be that making a cup of tea, waiting at traffic lights or even whenever there is an advert break while watching TV.
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