Staying Healthy During Your Pregnancy: An Introductory Guide

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. It can cause some anxiety as you worry about how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle which will help with your baby's development and the birth. Below is an introductory guide to some of the things you can do which will help you to stay healthy during your pregnancy.

Visit an obstetrician

An obstetrician is a doctor who specialises in pregnancy. As soon as you find out you are carrying a child, you should book an appointment with an obstetrician. The doctor will review your current health and measure key markers such as your blood pressure and your current weight. They will also take a blood and urine samples so they can check that you are healthy. These measurements will be taken again during periodic checkups which will help the obstetrician to track your progress through your pregnancy.

Make an exercise plan

There is a common misconception that you should not exercise during pregnancy. In fact, exercise plays a key part in a healthy pregnancy. While you should avoid vigorous or strenuous exercise when carrying a child, regular gentle exercise is important. You should try to exercise every day for a short period of time. You could decide to go for a short walk or to take a swim in your local pool. Many pregnant women prefer swimming as a form of exercise, as the water helps to support the weight of the baby and removes weight from their joints and back. When exercising, it is important that you drink water so that you do not become dehydrated. Your obstetrician will be able to help you to draw up an exercise plan.

Plan your diet

During your pregnancy, you are eating for two. As such, your diet is very important. Once you discover you are carrying a child, you should carefully think about what you are eating. You should aim to eat a balanced diet which contains all of the major food groups. However, there are some foods which you should avoid. When you are pregnant, you should NOT eat:

  • Mackerel
  • Shark
  • Swordfish

These types of fish contain very high levels of mercury which could harm your baby. You should also avoid coffee and energy drinks. It is also important that you wash any fruit and veg to remove bacteria and pesticides. Your obstetrician can help to assess your diet so you can work out what you need to include and what you need to cut out.

If you would like further advice, you should contact an obstetrician today.