7 things You Need To Do To Stay Healthy And Save During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in every woman’s life, because of the happiness of becoming a mother.  A time of intense expectation. A time to rejoice, to welcome a new life into the world. It is also a time of overwhelming change which is happening at tremendous speed - physically, mentally and emotionally. The baby transforms from a tiny cell into a fully developed little person. While the mother experiences drastic developments. Some interesting, some difficult to handle.

At this first visit, your health care provider will probably do a pregnancy test, and will figure out how many weeks pregnant you are based on a physical examination and the date of your last period. He or she will also use this information to predict your delivery date (an ultrasound done sometime later in your pregnancy will help to verify that date).
If you're healthy and there are no complicating risk factors, most health care providers will want to see you:
  • every 4 weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy
  • then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
  • then once a week until delivery
Throughout your pregnancy, your health care provider will check your weight and blood pressure while also checking the growth and development of your baby (by doing things like feeling your abdomen, listening for the fetal heartbeat starting during the second trimester, and measuring your belly). During the span of your pregnancy, you'll also have prenatal tests, including blood, urine, and cervical tests, and probably at least one ultrasound.
 7 things You Need To Do To Stay Healthy And Save During Pregnancy.
1. Don’t get glued to Google.
During pregnancy, it’s so easy to worry about every little thing. Is it okay if I eat chocolate? Was that cramping normal? Did I just harm my baby by painting my toenails? But if we get consumed by worry over every little thing, we miss out on enjoying one of life’s most awesome experiences. So try not to Google every concern to death, as it’ll only make you worry even more! There’s too much conflicting — and WRONG — information out there, especially on message boards. And if you really have a pressing question, there’s no better resource than your doctor or midwife.
2. Make time to connect with your baby.
Make it a daily ritual to check in with the tiny miracle growing inside you. Sing to your baby. Talk about all the things you’ll do together. Play music toward your belly. Breathe and connect to your baby through meditation. Whatever makes you feel happy and connected, do it! Creating that bond with the baby early on will not only pay off over the course of his or her lifetime, but will give your days a dose of joy and stability.
3. Engage in self-care... you deserve it!
Now is the time to care for yourself. Full force. As women, we often tend to put others before ourselves. But all of us need to be nourished and supported, as well! This need is especially important during pregnancy. So try not to push yourself too hard. Enjoy this time. Do what you can to nurture yourself. Get a prenatal massage. Take a yoga class. Get a facial. Go for a hike. Feed your soul in all the ways that strike you as downright blissful.
4. Journal about your pregnancy... and don’t forget to include all your dreams for your baby!
Writing during pregnancy can be incredibly grounding. You can jot down all the changes you’re going through, and all the feelings that are coming up for you. If you have any frustrations or worries, it’s really theraputic and cleansing to get them all down on paper; they become less intimidating that way! It’s also great to jot down love notes for your baby before you finally meet. Communicating to your little one through the written word will instantly put you in a happy and healthy frame of mind.
5. Eat healthy foods.
Be sure to consume lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy fats. The more you nourish your body, the healthier you and your baby will be. You’ll have more energy and clarity — and that famous pregnancy glow will light up every room!
6. Embrace your changing body — it’s a beautiful thing.
Your body is in the process of creating a new life. It is engaged in a dance with a sacred process that has endured since the dawn of creation. All of the changes, all of the scars, all of the new sensations — they are all but measures of your evolution into a mother (be it for the first time or the 10th time!). You are shedding the skin of the old while embracing a path that’s been embraced by an infinite line of mighty women before you. So love your body. Every step along the way. It’s a temple of courage and compassion. It’s a miracle in progress.
7. Honor your boundaries.
This one’s very simple: When you feel a “no” inside, say, “no.” And when you feel a “yes” inside, say, “yes.” Being a mother puts you in touch with what truly matters in life. You simply don’t have time or energy for things that don’t mean anything to you. Accordingly, being pregnant is a terrific time to start honoring your boundaries. Stop making commitments that leave you cold. Live in alignment with your heart’s desires, and happiness will always find you.

My wish for you is to have the happiest and healthiest of pregnancies!

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