Pregnancy should be a joyful and exciting time. In order to enjoy your pregnancy to its fullest, you need to be and feel healthy.
Here are some tips to enjoy a healthy pregnancy:
Get enough folic acid.
When taken before you conceive and during the early stages of pregnancy, folic acid can help reduce the risk of certain birth defects. You can get folic acid from food sources, such as spinach and other leafy greens, but you should talk to your healthcare provider about how much folic acid you may need.
Maintain a healthy diet.
Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins; stick to healthy snacks; limit caffeine intake, avoid alcohol and take a prenatal multivitamin. Talk to your healthcare provider about which prenatal multivitamin is right for you.
Exercise can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about what exercises are right for you. Aim for around two and a half hours per week of moderate aerobic exercise, like walking at a fast pace or dancing. It is important that you move at your own pace and drink plenty of water. For strengthening, choose lighter weights and increased repetitions, as opposed to straining to lift heavier weights. Avoid high-risk activities.
Tips for a fit pregnancy:
Exercise during pregnancy has tremendous benefits for the mom-to-be. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women exercise at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week. The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, keeps you limber, manages weight gain and prepares your muscles without causing undue physical stress for you or your baby.
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