Having a baby is an exciting time that often inspires women to make healthier lifestyle choices and, if needed, work toward a healthy body weight.
The first trimester of pregnancy is an important phase. This is the time when the foetus develops rapidly and is at its most vulnerable, which is why care must be taken to ensure its proper growth and development.
Here you’ll find tips on how to improve your eating and physical activity habits while you’re pregnant or during the first trimester:
Stop Eating Unhealthy Foods:
If you are already within the healthy weight range, you will probably need to up your calorie intake by at least 300 during the first trimester of your pregnancy and be expected to pack on 1 pound (0.4 kg) a week during each week of your first trimester. However, make sure you have a balanced diet and avoid unhealthy foods.
DO Take Your Prenatal Vitamins:
Not only will these vitamins supply the necessary folate, but they also will help cover your needs for calcium, iron and zinc. Additionally, they provide the appropriate amounts of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), two types of omega-3 fats that help your baby’s brain develop.
Do Eat The Rainbow:
While you are meal planning or find yourself in need of a snack, try to eat foods that are colorful: dark green spinach, orange carrots, red apples, yellow bananas, blueberries.
Bright coloured foods generally offer the most nutrients and antioxidants, but having a varied diet will expose your baby to a range of tastes and flavours. Your baby eats what you eat so if you eat a wide variety of foods, your baby will also.
Do Stay Hydrated:
Hydration helps prevent preterm labor. It also helps prevent headaches, kidney stones and dizziness. if your urine is light yellow to clear, you are getting enough hydration. If it is dark yellow, you need to increase your water intake.
DO Visit The Dentist:
The ACOG (The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) reports that 40 percent of pregnant American women have some degree of periodontal disease and that the physical changes from pregnancy can result in changes to a woman’s gums and teeth. A dental visit can identify any potential dental needs.
Regular exercise helps you combat the frequent mood and hormonal changes and fatigue occurring in this first trimester. It also helps in preventing weight gain and battling insomnia.
Your body is going through tremendous changes and is developing an entirely new life-providing system for your baby. As it grows the placenta, you will likely find yourself beyond exhausted some days. Plus, you are going through monumental hormonal and emotional changes .
Take naps frequently, Your body will need a solid eight to nine hours of sleep each night.
Don’t Eat Raw Meat:
Pregnant women who eat raw or undercooked meat and eggs are at lead to serious and life-threatening illnesses. These illnesses can cause severe birth defects and miscarriage. Cook your meat and eggs thoroughly prior to eating.
DON’T Eat For Two:
Studies show that half of women gain too much weight during pregnancy. When that happens, the baby is at greater risk of obesity later in life.
You do generally need additional calories in the second and third trimester but not in first trimester.