10 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy | Dr. Lori Gore-Green
10 TIPS FOR A
DR. LORI GORE-GREEN
Take a Multivitamin
Taking a multivitamin will ensure that both you and your baby are
getting enough nutrients during the pregnancy with vitamins that
may not be in your diet. Folic acid, calcium, and iron are also essential
to develop the neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord.
Monitor Your Weight
Purchase a scale and weigh yourself each week to avoid putting
your baby at risk of a low weight if you gain too much. A normal
weight gain is between 25 to 30 pounds.
Prepare for Delivery
Educate yourself and prepare for delivery by taking a childbirth
class where you'll learn what to expect after you go into labor.
This will allow you to practice breathing exercises and even report
birth defects that have occurred in your family history.
Although it may be easy to slow down after becoming pregnant, it's
important to exercise three to five times a week to maintain your weight
and increase your blood circulation. Opt for workouts that include pilates,
yoga, or swimming and attempt to work out for 30 minutes each day.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear shoes that have proper support on your feet and don't put
you at risk of falling as you begin to carry the baby.
Sleep on Your Side
Avoid putting excess pressure on your baby as you sleep at night
by avoiding sleeping on your back or stomach. Opt for sleeping on
your left side, which will allow more nutrients and blood to reach
Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by performing Kegels each
day to support your uterus, bladder, and bowels. This will help you
during the pushing process after you go into labor.
Eat Foods That Contain Folate
To increase your health during your pregnancy, opt for consuming
foods that are rich in folate, which will allow the neural tube to
develop correctly and covers the spinal cord. Consume foods that
include asparagus, orange juice, cereal, and lentils.
Consume Less Caffeine
Instead of relying on coffee to get energy during your pregnancy, you
can maintain your health by reaching for fruit instead. The natural
sugars that are available in the food will allow you to recharge without
consuming caffeine, which is considered to be a psychoactive drug.
Pay Attention to Pain
Know when to call the doctor by paying close attention to any pain that
you may be experiencing. Contractions at 20-minute intervals and
strong cramps can be a cause of concern and should be evaluated by a