Is prenatal care complicated as it sounds? Nope, it isn't really. At Inspire Mum & Baby, we not only guide you on how to exercise well, we hope to share with you the correct ways of taking good care of yourself and your unborn baby. Here are 5 simple points to start your round tummy journey of a healthy lifestyle together with your growing fetus.
Make your first appointment visit to the doctor immediately after you find out that you are pregnant. Your doctor will talk to your about your medical history and probably how you have been feeling. It's essential to have all the check up done :
- Current Weight (each visit), talk to your doctor about how much weight you should gain
- Blood pressure (each visit)
- Pelvis size and shape of your uterus (womb)
- Pap smear for screening of cervical cancer if you are due for a cervical cancer screening
- Urine Urine tests are performed to check for bacteria, high sugar levels (which can be a sign of diabetes), and high protein levels (which can be a sign for preeclampsia, a type of high blood pressure during pregnancy).
- Blood tests are performed to check for low iron levels (anemia), blood cell count, infectious diseases (such as syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis), and blood type.
- Ultrasound to check on your baby's growth and position in your uterus
- Other tests may be needed if you or your baby are at risk for any problems.
Maintaining a healthy and Balance Diet is important during your pregnancy as what everyone says what you eat is what the baby eats. Be careful with some of the food, such as avoid raw uncooked meat, eggs and fish as it will expose you to infection. Wash all fruit and vegetables. Keep cutting boards and dishes clean. Eat 4 or more servings of dairy foods each day. This will give you enough calcium for you and your baby. Do not drink unpasteurized milk or eat soft cheeses as it may have bacteria that can cause infections.
Always eat your vitamins! It's even advisable to have folic acid before getting pregnant. You should consume at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day during your pregnancy. Folic acid can help prevent problems with your baby's brain and spinal cord. If you need to take any medicine other than those the doctors prescribed, always check again with your doctor. Medicine without a prescription may cause birth defects, especially if it's taken during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
Have a talk with your doctors if you have concerns about your working environment. If you are those who needs to travel, you may need your doctor's advice on whether constant flying brings health problem from the jet lags or high-pressure altitude.
Ok, you might be a gym rat, but right now with a little one inside you, it will be best if you cut down on those strenuous exercises such as cycling, lifting gym equipment, or even marathons. But do not think that being pregnant is being lazy, you should do simple regular exercise daily at least 30mins per day. *Yoga, Swimming or even walking are great choices to start on, it said to aid in labor and enable easier delivery. Do not overwork yourself though and always keep yourself hydrated!
*To find out more about our prenatal aqua or land classes, you may always contact us at 9234 1866 for a chat on what's suitable for you!
By Ruby Liang ( Founder of Familystaycationsg.com )