Having a good pregnancy is not just about physical health. Being in good health is fundamental at these times, but it is also necessary to be mentally calm, prepared and happy. This is why we are going to give ten keys to a healthy and happy pregnancy, in which body and mind combine in harmony to welcome a new member into our lives.
Healthy eating and drinking during pregnancy
The diet must be varied and balanced. Remember to take foods rich in nutrients and vitamins such as folic acid, iron, calcium and iodine, but not fat. The diet should be varied with vegetables, fruit, cereals, dairy products and legumes, not forgetting the daily intake of meat and fish proteins.
A healthy diet includes maintaining proper hydration. It is essential to drink enough water and milk to provide us with calcium. We can also take juices, which are better natural and unsweetened. Of course, forget alcoholic drinks and coffee.
Take the recommended vitamin supplements
To complement a healthy diet, the doctor will recommend certain vitamin supplements, including folic acid, as well as other vitamin and mineral supplements that are also beneficial for pregnancy care, such as iron, iodine, calcium, etc. In this way, the foetus is helped to develop properly, avoiding deficiencies that could lead to complications for both baby and mother.
Exercise during pregnancy
For our well-being and ideal weight gain, it is fundamental to practice physical exercise adapted to our condition. Whether it is swimming, yoga, walking, Pilates…
By practicing moderate and constant exercise, we will improve our cardiovascular and muscular condition and promote postural correction. All this will allow pregnant women to have a better general physical condition and to face the labour of pregnancy and childbirth with less risk.
Go to the medical check-ups
Regular appointments with the gynaecologist to carry out the corresponding examinations and to obtain adequate prenatal care. In this way, we will monitor the baby’s health and our own, having the opportunity to consult the specialist for all our doubts and fears, as well as to talk about our birth plan. The prenatal tests will give us peace of mind, they will help us to “get closer” to the baby and thanks to the ultrasound scan, we will have its first images for memory.
Wear appropriate clothing
We must wear comfortable clothing (including shoes), adapted to the increase in weight and volume we are experiencing. This will allow the blood to circulate better, our movements will be correct and not forced and the skin will remain healthy. It is not a question of being dressed like a sack of potatoes, because fortunately being pregnant is no longer in contradiction with current fashion, and many shops sell beautiful pre-mummy clothes. Heels can wait, but feeling comfortable and beautiful with a good “wrap” promotes an important psychological well-being at this time.
Pampering our minds during pregnancy
If we devote time to taking care of our body, we must also gain time for our relaxation and the care of our mind. Not only is the body more vulnerable during pregnancy. Finding our tranquility and doing relaxation exercises at home will help us feel better. We don’t have to park the activities we love: going to the cinema, reading, going out in the country, doing crafts…
Taking care of our skin
During pregnancy, it is essential to apply sun creams to prevent skin spots and burns. Under the action of hormones, pregnant women’s skin undergoes alterations such as hyperpigmentation. It is also important to apply antistrictive creams, which prevent the appearance of these scars with the stretching of our skin, with particular attention during the last few months, when the skin stretches at a very fast pace.
Moisturising the whole body after a bath or shower gives us a moment of relaxation. A gentle massage after exercise helps us to feel better. Of course, external hydration must be complemented by internal hydration, by drinking plenty of fluids, as we have already mentioned in the section on nutrition. All of this combined will increase our wellbeing by making us feel safer and more beautiful.
A good rest during pregnancy
It is very important to sleep and rest according to what the body asks of us. Fatigue and sleep can accompany us from the very first moment as one of the first symptoms of pregnancy and hopefully they will disappear. But it is more than likely that we will feel very tired and sleepy again in the final phase of the pregnancy. This is what the body needs, and we must listen to it, resting as much as possible, without forgetting that moderate exercise will allow us to rest and sleep better.
Attending childbirth classes can be very beneficial to our physical and mental health. Coming into contact with other pregnant women and sharing our experiences allows us to discover that we are not the only ones with doubts or fears.
They also help us to gain knowledge and become aware of the changes in our bodies. Knowledge of concepts related to the phases of childbirth, baby hygiene or breastfeeding will help us to feel better prepared for the changes that await us. Through knowledge, important self-confidence is generated through security, and being a father is already beginning to live. As far as possible, it is good to share these courses accompanied by the couple.
Communicating with the baby
Talking to the baby, communicating with him, playing music, will make him feel closer, preparing us for the moment when he will really take us in his arms. Know how your development is going month after month, how it is growing in our belly, write a letter, keep a diary of our pregnancy, respond to your kicks…
All these simple activities will help make the life that is growing in our womb fill more life for us. The possible inconveniences of our pregnancy are forgotten in these moments of communication.
Don’t forget that to have a healthy pregnancy, you need a happy pregnancy. We must take care of our mind and body in this delicate stage of our life, full of emotions and sensations that are sometimes contradictory. I hope that these tips for a healthy and happy pregnancy will encourage you to approach this stage of your life with optimism and vitality.