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Looking After Yourself Whilst Pregnant


 

girl eating healthy 250Pregnancy doesn't mean eating for two in terms of quantity (unfortunately!), but you and your growing baby definitely need good nutrition. Pregnancy places extra demands on your body, especially for protein and nutrients like iron, folate and calcium. The food you eat during pregnancy can affect the development of your baby, as well as your baby's health later in life.

morning sickness 250Women often experience nausea and vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy, and not just in the morning! But there are some simple things you can do to help reduce your symptoms...

pregnant exercise 250Exercise during pregnancy has proven benefits for healthy women, but many pregnant women fear it will hurt their baby.1 In fact, pregnancy is a good time to engage in a healthy lifestyle, including exercise. For women who have never exercised, walking is a good way to start—but check with your doctor first.

girl sleeping 250We all know that getting enough sleep during pregnancy is important, but that doesn't make it easy to do! You may notice you need more sleep than usual during the first trimester of your pregnancy. It isn't surprising that your body will feel tired, as it is working hard to nourish your developing baby.

couple smiling 250With a normal pregnancy, you can keep having sex throughout your pregnancy—it won't hurt the baby. Your cervix is sealed by a thick plug of mucus that protects against infection, and the amniotic fluid and strong muscles of the uterus protect your baby. You may notice your baby is more active after you orgasm, but that is simply in response to your faster heart rate.

baby hearts white 250If you drink alcohol during pregnancy it quickly reaches your baby through your bloodstream and across the placenta. Alcohol can damage the cells of a developing baby, increasing the risk of birth defects and life-long problems such as learning difficulties. It can also cause problems such as premature birth. Experts recommend that you play it safe and avoid alcohol altogether during pregnancy.

baby hearts grey 250The umbilical cord is how your baby gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen and blood flowing through the umbilical cord to your baby. This means your baby's heart has to work harder, and increases the stress on your baby's developing body.

pregnant nature01 250As the demands of pregnancy can lead to particular dental problems in some women. Visiting a dentist while pregnant is highly recommended for your own wellbeing and that of your unborn child.