20 Feb Six tips to take care of your pregnancy
Find out here some recommendations given by Andrea Venegas, midwife of the INDISA Clinic, so that you have a pregnancy without complications.
Between the woman and the future child that grows within her, there is a constant channel of communication. Every action that the mother performs will have an impact on the development of the fetus.
For example, if she practices physical activity calmly and carefully, one of the benefits is an improvement in her oxygenation, explains Andrea Venegas, a midwife at the INDISA Clinic.
The professional adds that if the future mother maintains an adequate diet, it will favor the development of the fetus. Likewise, if she rests and calmly carries out her day-to-day activities, this will provide her with well-being.
Some tips to take care of your pregnancy
Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean you’re sick
It is recommended that you do not stop doing the day-to-day activities that you used to do when you were not pregnant. If there is no restriction from your treating doctor or midwife, you can carry your pregnancy completely normally
Giving yourself free time to do a pleasant activity and disconnect never hurts: having a coffee with a friend, going to the movies, reading a book, going shopping, or walking outdoors are activities that help mental health.
Take care of your feet
From now on, it is essential to always wear comfortable shoes and leave high heels aside for a while.
Try to avoid spending a lot of time in the same position, both standing and sitting; putting your feet up and abandoning a sedentary lifestyle will also help blood circulation and, in this way, improve fluid retention and reduce the swelling of the feet and ankles that is very common in pregnancy
Sleep is key
It is likely that you may feel more tired than usual during this period, so it never hurts to get enough sleep during pregnancy and take advantage of the first months, since as the fetus grows, it will be more difficult to find a comfortable position to sleep.
“One recommendation is to sleep on the left side since one of the large veins runs through the right side of the abdomen. This position prevents the weight of the uterus from pressing on this vein. In addition, it optimizes the blood flow to the placenta, therefore the amount of oxygen that reaches the fetus”, specifies the midwife of INDISA, Andrea Venegas.
Take care of the skin
The skin during pregnancy undergoes alterations such as hyperpigmentation, due to the action of the hormones that are activated during this period. For this reason, it is essential to apply sunscreen to avoid skin blemishes and burns.
Some women suffer from stretch marks during pregnancy, so the use of anti-stretch mark creams is recommended to prevent the appearance of these scars. In addition, these creams can be applied 2 or 3 times a day, paying special attention during the final months, when the skin stretches at a faster rate.
Be aware of being underweight
When a mom-to-be is having trouble gaining weight or is underweight, it’s a big deal. This is because many times, poor nutrition or lack of consumption of basic nutrients can lead to a restriction in intrauterine fetal growth and development (IUGR).
This is why a future mother must have a balanced diet, which includes foods from all the basic groups, which are:
- Fruits and vegetables
This can help prevent problems that come with being underweight and prevent preterm labor. The opposite extreme is also a situation to be avoided.
Food and nutrition
When you are pregnant, your diet should not vary much, but you should keep in mind that:
- It is not recommended to eat in large quantities, it is better to eat small portions, several times a day. When eaten in the recommended portions. It increases the possibility of avoiding heartburn, in addition to helping to avoid being overweight.
- Raw, semi-raw or sausage meat, or fish is prohibited, since food in this state may contain dangerous bacteria. Which is the worst case can cause serious complications in pregnancy.
- During six months before pregnancy and in the first three. It is important to add folic acid to the diet, to avoid possible fetal malformations or spina bifida.
- It is recommended to go to the nutritionist to guide a balanced diet. And according to your own rhythm and interests. Without losing sight of your well-being and that of the baby.
- No tobacco or alcohol can be consumed. This is because smoking during pregnancy exposes the baby to harmful substances such as tar, carbon monoxide, and nicotine. Alcohol, for its part, interferes with the normal development of the fetus, causing congenital birth defects.
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