Ah pregnancy! Such a beautiful process. It’s so amazing what the human body is capable of.
Pregnancy and birth is one of the most wonderful things in life.
Unfortunately there is also much controversy surrounding what is most important during pregnancy. All of a sudden there are opinions flying around, old wives tales, not to mention the “recommended rules” keep changing as science develops.
So today we work through all the data to show you 7 tips to a healthy pregnancy that are tried and true. They stand the test of time!
The most important thing is to really listen to your body, seek professional advise and work with what is best for you.
7 Tips to a healthy pregnancy
It’s also very important that you increase your water intake, to stay hydrated and minimise constipation. Consuming a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water a day on top of caffeinated beverages and sodas is a general guide. If you find it hard to drink so much water, start by having a glass or bottle of water near you at all times and sip regularly. We always recommend adding a slice of lemon or lime to your water to assist with the absorption and hydration.
The list of foods one should not consume during pregnancy always evolves, the hard and fast rule is to avoid things that can cause food poisoning. Stay away from soft cheeses, limit the raw seafood etc.
Just be mindful and thoughtful about the classic “nasties”
If you find it hard, crowding out is a good strategy. Consume as much healthy food as possible and then you wont have room for the “bad stuff”
Some studies indicate that women who don’t smoke have less morning sickness and will experience fewer complications. Just as it’s important to stop smoking, it’s equally important to stay away from second-hand smoke as this can be equally harmful for you and your baby.
If struggling to quit smoking there are plenty of support services, like hypnotherapy, available to help you on your journey.
Please consult with your GP for further advice.
Be safe with exercise, work within your fitness limits and continue doing the exercise you were prior to your pregnancy for as long as it feels good for you to do so. That is the official word!
If exercise has never been your forte, but you are keen to start now, then working to a 30 min per day general rule will be good for you.
Consider doing 30 mins of walking or bike cycling.
Yoga (not heated) can be up to 60 mins is gentle, not high impact and can be very nourishing for you.
Keeping yourself moving is helpful with sleep, pregnancy constipation and general feelings of well being.
Here are our best tips:
- In the evening before bed, start dimming your lights and lowering your noises (like TV) to assist in winding you down for a great sleep.
- Decrease ingested stimulants. So eat a light meal, avoid curries, coffee etc. There are herbal teas and remedies that are safe to drink during pregnancy that help promote a good nights sleep.
- Try to have a gentle stretch or use the foam roller to ease any discomfort.
- During the day, when feeling tired, sit down for 15 – 20 mins and take a few deep breaths, just allow your body to naturally recharge itself.
- Try services like Floatation Therapy. It is excellent in easing discomfort, promoting rest and facilitating a great sleep.
If you want to know more we have an excellent blog on the Benefits of Floatation Therapy during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Chiropractic to provide in depth support and rehab during your pregnancy. Our team can assist with pubic symphysis pain, any sciatic discomfort or other Lumbar and Sacro Iliac issues.
Pregnancy Massage to provide support throughout your whole pregnancy. Massage can help decrease any fluid retention in your legs, decrease generalised soreness and most importantly facilitate a great nights sleep after the massage.
Floatation Therapy; we’ve already mentioned, but it is so good it requires a second mention! Think floating in luscious warm water where you are completely supported and weightless. You just blend with the water and drift off into a beautiful sleep effortlessly. Honestly, it’s that good