It is common for a woman to put the health of her child before her own, even before he or she is ever born. It is a natural instinct. The truth, however, is that the health of the mother and child are intricately woven together during pregnancy. If the mother is not healthy, there’s a good chance that the baby will suffer as well. It is therefore crucial that you care for yourself during the nine months that you carry your child to the day of birth. Read on for some basic but time-proven ways to make sure good health for you both during this important time.
From the moment you even suspect that you may be carrying a child, get to the doctor and have a thorough check-up. Though pregnancy is a natural process and your body adapts to what is needed for a healthy delivery, there is always the chance that you have issues that could jeopardize your health and that of your unborn child. In addition to having a pregnancy test to confirm you are carrying a child, ask the doctor to check your iron levels to rule out things such as anemia or other conditions that could be exacerbated with pregnancy. Prenatal care is not something to postpone, so even if you are not covered by health insurance, seek out social programs that are more than willing to help you during this time.
Determine from the beginning that you will change your diet if necessary to eat healthy, nutritious meals. Remember that your child will be eating the same things as you do, and that the baby’s developing body, brain and internal organs will be more affected by poor food choices than yours typically is. Avoid excessive chemicals and additives in packaged foods, and choose organic vegetables and fruits. Plan for whole grains and unprocessed foods as much as possible. This does not mean that you need to completely give up your favorite foods, but there are ways to adapt them to healthier menus. Look for substitutions in recipes, knowing that it is just nine months and you can indulge all you want after the birth of your child. It is likely, however, that your own body will adapt to such a degree that you actually prefer healthier foods for the long term.
Find ways to minimize and even eliminate stress in your life. People around you are typically the major sources of stress for most people, so determine that you will not allow them to affect your in personal ways while you are pregnant. Circumstance also can weigh heavy on you, including finances or the pressures of a job, but you need to now proactively seek solutions, even if they are only temporary ones. You are the most important things at the moment, because you alone can make sure that your baby has the best possible start in life. Above all, avoid smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and consuming drugs.
Take these very important principles, and apply them to your life from the moment you become pregnant. You will find that a healthy and happy you will lead to a healthy and happy baby. Embrace this time and make the most of it.