Pregnancy can be both exciting and challenging! You are experiencing a lifestyle change and preparing for a big addition to your life. It can also leave you wondering just how many things you don’t know. The University of Utah Medical Center has plenty of information available for expecting parents.
First Trimester Health & Nutrition
Health and nutrition becomes especially important when you get pregnant. And as soon as you mention it to anyone, you will, of course, get an ear full of advice. Here are the top five things you can do to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy:
Get early prenatal care. Prenatal care is the number one, best possible thing you can do for you baby. It allows you to have screenings for possible conditions and find the right caregiver to share your journey with from your first trimester to birth.
Watch what you eat and take those vitamins. Your doctor will give you a list of foods to avoid while pregnant from undercooked meat to raw seafood. Also, while you are eating for two, you really only need an additional 300 calories per day, so keep healthy snacks in mind.
Exercise regularly. Exercise will always help your body maintain good health by giving you more strength, easing aches and pains, and improving circulation. Just don’t push yourself too hard or get dehydrated.
Take a break from alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. It is worth the effort, however, to take a time out from alcohol, caffeine, smoking, and (it goes without saying) illegal drugs.
Monitor your emotional health. The emotional roller coaster that comes with raised hormone levels during pregnancy is expected by every pregnant woman, but if your mood swings interfere with your daily life or are unusually extreme, you should see a doctor about possible depression.
For more information and further details on the details discussed above, visit the University of Utah Medical Center’s Women’s Health Services Web Site HERE.