Pregnant women are constantly bombarded with new health guides and ways to improve their wellness during their gestation period. Obviously there are certain things that pregnant women know they have to avoid while pregnant (roller coasters, cigarettes, alcohol etc.). But even the most cautious mother-to-be might not know everything she needs to do to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy. With that in mind, today we’re going to focus on three healthy pregnancy tips that tend to go overlooked for one reason or another.
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Keep Your Diet Balanced
Some women notoriously experience pregnancies that bring forth absurd cravings: from peanut-butter on pizza, to potato chips with ice cream, and everything in between. While no one can exactly predict what kind of urges are going to accompany a given pregnancy, it’s nevertheless important that you maintain a semblance of a balanced diet. Hitting all the major food groups –– and crucially ingesting important vitamins –– is essential to promoting good health for you and your baby. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a wacky food combination from time to time; just remember to be cognizant of what you’re eating.
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You should get plenty of rest while you’re pregnant. However that doesn’t mean you have to spend nine months shuffling between the couch and the bed. Light exercise is a great way to boost your mood and won’t negatively affect your health. Of course, you should refrain from any potentially dangerous activities that could cause you to fall over or injure yourself; nor should you exercise in extreme conditions.
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Most mothers-to-be don’t have any problem scheduling regular appointments with a doctor or trusted medical professional. The truth is though, there are certain tests and procedures you need to be aware of that aren’t always front-of-mind for expecting moms. One example is STD testing. Some mothers might be surprised to learn that certain venereal diseases can cause complications during pregnancy. Furthermore, in some instances you could actually pass an STD onto your newborn during birth. That’s why it’s imperative to visit a local testing clinic to ensure that you’re STD-free early on in your pregnancy. Otherwise, you’re taking an unnecessary risk.
The Bottom Line
No matter if you’re a first-time mother or you’ve had five kids already, there are always steps you can take to make your pregnancy a healthier and happier one. Plus, you can always ask friends, family members, or neighbors for any tips they used to make sure their pregnancy went smoothly. Don’t be afraid to ask questions –– you’ll be amazed at how willing most people are to lend a helping hand!