Women sometimes see pregnancy as a time to eat significant amounts of junk food. However, for the health of mother and baby, it is best to choose healthy, nutritious foods.
Well cooked fish, chicken, turkey and fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the best foods to choose. Be careful to avoid raw or under-cooked fish and meat, which could harbor pathogens and parasites.
Some women binge on junk food while pregnant. Poor eating habits, such as excessive sugar consumption, particularly refined sugar, can lead to diabetes, which would impact your health and that of your unborn baby.
Cravings for some foods will occur, such as fried chicken and chocolate, but be careful not to go on constant junk food binges during pregnancy.
Avoid smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption during pregnancy, as they can cause birth defects, miscarriages and still births. None of it is advisable during pregnancy (smoking, illegal narcotics use and excessive drinking regarding alcoholic beverages is not good for anyone’s health).
Avoid stress during pregnancy. When the mother is stressed and experiencing anxiety, the fetus experiences the same, due to increased levels of cortisol in the body. A stressed expectant mother can unintentionally create an environment for her unborn baby to develop “fetal distress.”
Women should also be careful of the pharmaceutical drugs they take during pregnancy, as some can cause birth defects and miscarriages. If you can avoid all pharmaceutical medication during pregnancy, it is best. Talk to your doctor about the risks of each pharmaceutical drug you currently take and the impact it can have on an unborn child.
It is also important to avoid dying or bleaching your hair during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals advise against this practice during pregnancy, as it can be harmful to the baby. Avoid all laser hair removal treatments as well, until you have safely given birth to your baby.
Excessive exercising during pregnancy can also be harmful, especially during a high risk pregnancy. After all, some women are order on bed rest during pregnancy. Exercise should be low impact and moderate. All exercise should also be approved by your licensed physician.
Pre-pregnancy weight is also important. Women who are overweight have greater difficulty conceiving and a higher risk of miscarriage. Get your body as healthy as possible in anticipation of pregnancy.
Aim to have as healthy and a natural pregnancy as possible, avoiding stress, toxins, chronic junk food binges and overly taxing activities. Enjoy your pregnancy as a happy time to nurture human life, bond with your unborn baby and relax. Have a safe and healthy pregnancy.