How to Stay Healthy While Pregnant

Pregnancy and health

A pregnant woman relaxes in bed. Photo via Pexels, CC0 License.

Giving birth is nothing if not inspirational. The capacity for life that is unique to women is obviously the means by which the human race continues to survive. It is also an exceptionally stressful process, both physically and psychologically. This is especially true if a woman is pregnant for the first time. It is not surprising since everything is all so new. However much a woman talks to other mothers, whether they are friends or medical professionals, the fact remains that every pregnancy is different and going through it is not in the least bit easy.

So many things change through those nine months that your life will never be the same. Not only will you have a beautiful baby, you will have a different perspective on life. It is a time when a lot of people (including men) start to reevaluate what they think is important and how they are going to live their lives in the future.

One example of this, which usually makes itself felt in the 38th or 39th week (which is, of course, towards the end of the third trimester) is the nesting instinct. The desire to prepare the environment into which you bring your child is a completely normal reaction, and it goes back thousands of years in human evolution. There are lots of other things that you may feel when about to give birth of which you need to be aware. Here are a few ways of staying as healthy and happy as possible:

The reality, which can be rather frightening, is that pregnancy is dangerous. Since your body will change a lot, you need to know what it all means and how to deal with it. Thankfully, lots of things, while they may be surprising, are nothing to worry about because everyone goes through them.

This is why it is so important to get an Obstetrician. They will spend a lot of their time reassuring you, but they are not just necessary for the birth itself. They help mothers throughout the entire process of pregnancy, from the first trimester when you may start feeling nauseous and fatigued, to the second trimester when you will start to see a bump developing and you start to feel the movement of your child, right up until the third trimester when you will likely find it more difficult to sleep. The birth itself is obviously a massive moment, and it is good to have someone there (besides your partner) who knows all about you, both medically and personally.

The nature of being pregnant is such that for the first time in your life, you will be making decisions that directly affect someone besides yourself. Everyone knows that smoking and drinking are not in the least bit recommended during this time, but you should also eat right so that you can help your baby develop.

Good foods for pregnant women include lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole-grain bread and low-fat dairy products. You may also feel cravings (about half of American women do) and they are completely natural too. Developing strong aversions to certain foods is also a normal thing. The best advice is to try to eat healthy food. Too much of a bad thing is still bad, however much you feel you may need it.

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33 thoughts on “How to Stay Healthy While Pregnant

  1. Well… unless there’s been a bright star in the east, and three kings asking for directions, I don’t need to worry about it.
    Seriously though, a valuable post, Christy. Mega hugs!

  2. This is a good reminder for me, a first time mommy-to-be, to take it easy. Cravings are fine and dandy but if I’m already full, I just shouldn’t eat it. Thank you.

  3. Certainty I don’t know about being pregnant, but I know about healthy food. I wish all mothers to be, the best! I hope the moms get cravings for tomatoes, apples, carrots and whole wheat banana bread with apricots. However, if mom gets that Ice cream and pickles craving, I suggest Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, with homemade dills! Happy eating!

  4. What a wonderful post, Christy, and so full of information for expectant mothers. However, I don’t plan on personally needing that information again, unless a miracle happens.

    • Ohhhh how exciting, Tricia!! I’m pleased you think this post will be helpful for her. I am thinking of the happy time ahead for your family πŸ™‚

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