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There are lots of things you may be feeling and experiencing when you learn you are pregnant. You may already be feeling like a mixed bag of emotions. You may also be feeling anxious and stressed, as you now must look after your health and body just that little bit more as it is nourishing and growing a baby. Staying healthy during pregnancy is important for you, and for your baby too. The following tips will help you see what you should start focusing on:
Be Conscious About What You Are Eating and Drinking
In pregnancy, there is a common misconception, and this is one that says you should be eating for two. When you adopt this approach, you can end up putting on extra weight (that can be hard to shift). So, instead of increasing portion sizes, try just incorporating a few more calories into your diet, and focus on eating a better balance of vitamins and nutrients. For example, in early pregnancy, you may find that a couple of pieces of toast is better than a couple of extra plates. Also, be aware of how hydrated you stay. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and try to reduce your caffeine consumption where you can.
Look After Your Body
To stay healthy, you will find it important to look after your body, especially as you will be carrying around extra weight, and will need as much support as possible. This may mean that you need to carry on exercising a little and lightly. Or, it may mean you need to look at having acupuncture for pregnancy to help alleviate and reduce some of the symptoms you are feeling/experiencing. When you look after your body, you also ensure you look after your growing baby too. Be aware of what you are doing daily and get as much support and help as you need.
Remember: Always Be Safe and Be Careful
To maintain a healthy pregnancy, you need to always exercise caution. Making big changes or trying to do too much at any given time is not recommended. Do not push yourself too hard. Only do what you feel comfortable doing, and always remember to be safe and careful, especially as your body is changing. If you push yourself too much you can end up with additional pregnancy symptoms and illnesses, and these can slow you down, and even leave you feeling stressed and anxious.
Get Plenty of Rest and Sleep
Sleep and rest are important for you at all stages of pregnancy. When you can rest, you can take the stress and pressure off your body, and you can help your body get ready for the upcoming changes it will face. In each trimester of your pregnancy, your body will go through different stages of growth, and with this, you will feel fatigued. To combat these feelings of fatigue, you need to ensure you get enough sleep and rest. Even if you can get 10 minutes putting your feet up on the sofa in between chores and errands, it will all help. Your body is going through a big period of change, and any additional sleep or rest you can get will help.