Whether your pregnancy was planned or unplanned, you have an opportunity to give your baby a healthy start in life. No matter how far along you are or how unprepared you may feel, there are things you can do today to have a healthier pregnancy.
- Take a prenatal vitamin – A pregnant woman needs higher levels of certain vitamins and minerals to promote healthy development of her growing baby. Taking a prenatal vitamin each day is the simplest way to meet your increased daily requirements for nutrients such as folic acid (folate), calcium, and iron. Folic acid is especially important for reducing the risk of birth defects in early pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to take a prenatal vitamin containing folic acid even if you aren’t sure you’re pregnant yet.
- Drink more water – Getting adequate hydration is critical at all stages of pregnancy. Early on, drinking water may help alleviate pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness, heartburn, and fatigue. Drinking plenty of water is critical in the third trimester, when dehydration may trigger contractions and lead to preterm labor. You should try to drink about 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
- Go for a walk –Regular physical activity promotes healthy weight gain and blood flow and can ease pregnancy aches and pains. Just as importantly, getting exercise can help you manage stress. You don’t have to be an athlete to experience the benefits of exercise. A simple stroll on a sunny day can get boost your mood and your health.
Nobody is perfect. If your lifestyle has been less-than-healthy so far, you can still have a healthier pregnancy by making healthy choices now. Taking a prenatal vitamin, drinking water, and going for a walk are three simple steps you can start doing now. If you need help making bigger lifestyle changes—perhaps leaving an unsafe relationship or stopping using drugs or alcohol—seek support.
The staff at His Love Family Resources can offer information and encouragement. Check out our services to find out more about how we can help.