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Thursday, May 29, 2008

7 Tips to Get Healthy While You Are Pregnant

It is always important to take whatever steps you can to be healthy, but while you are pregnant it is even more important, not only do you need to take good care of yourself, you are also profoundly affecting the life of another person – your baby. Here are 7 tips to help you get a healthy while you are pregnant :

1.If you smoke, stop smoking
Babies born to mothers who smoke have a lower average birth weight, are more likely to be born prematurely, and are at greater risk of death from sudden infant death syndrome than babies of non-smokers.

2. Eat fruits and vegetables more
Research has shown that women only need an extra 200-300 calories a day while pregnant, and you may be eating those extra calories anyway. What is important is to ensure that you get the protein, vitamins and minerals necessary to build another human being. Those extra 200-300 calories should not be squandered on chocolate or crisps, but should be eaten as fruit, vegetables, etc. It is also important to increase your water intake, which will help avoid constipation.

3. Eat or drink multivitamin and mineral supplement
There are now ones specially formulated for pregnant women. Ideally these should be started before you become pregnant, so that you are in the best shape possible for the pregnancy, and then continued throughout your pregnancy. An adequate supply of vitamins and minerals is important right from conception.

4. Stop drinking of alcohol
This can seem hard on the pregnant woman when everyone else is drinking, but it is important to remember that alcohol is a poison for the growing baby, and no caring mother willingly gives her baby poison.

5. Doing exercise routinely
Although adequate rest is vitally important, most experts believe that healthy pregnant women should be taking 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day.

6. Minimize exposure to toxic chemicals
It is also important to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals while pregnant, so spending a lot of time painting the house and laying new carpets is not a good idea, especially in the early stages of pregnancy when the baby is particularly vulnerable.

7. Don’t stress
Many women find pregnancy stressful, and this can be a particularly good time to turn to safe, non-invasive options such as Bach flower remedies, homeopathy, kinesiology and other therapies. Making a new life is something miraculous. Doing the best you can for that new life starts long before you have the baby in your arms for the first time.

Source : Jane Thurrnell/Article-emporium

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