Maternity 101: Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
What an exciting time! Here are a few tips for a happy and healthy pregnancy
- ❖ Breathe, because you are about to begin an INCREDIBLE journey!
- ❖ Take prenatal vitamins daily and make sure to hydrate often. (Fresh squeezed lemon in water reduces nausea!)
- ❖ Make sure to find the right care provider that you feel most comfortable with.
- ❖ Take childbirth classes. The more you know, the better you and your baby are during birthing and beyond.
- ❖ Refrain from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes, as it may cause low birth weight, lower your baby’s IQ & be detrimental to its growth.
- ❖ Take more naps. Get all the sleep you can before baby arrives!
- ❖ Make a tentative birth plan and be open to changes that may happen along the way.
- ❖ Do yoga and mild exercise. Your body is undergoing some major changes and practicing breathing and movement will help during all stages of labor. Kegels DO help!
- ❖ Track weight gain and make sure to follow all scheduled doctor visits.
- ❖ Invest in comfortable shoes and maternity clothes.
- ❖ Eat folate-rich foods, and do your research on what NOT to eat!
- ❖ Wear sunscreen, as your skin is much more sensitive to sunlight, and find a chemical-free formula.
- ❖ Know when to call you doctor. Being a first-time mom can sometimes be confusing!
Breastfeeding While Pregnant
Many new moms who are expecting a second baby often ask if it’s safe to continue breastfeeding while pregnant. Luckily there is no evidence that Breastfeeding While Pregnant is harmful to the fetus or the baby. A woman’s body will continue producing milk while pregnant, so they will be able to breastfeed. In most cases, after the second child is born, moms can breastfeed both babies, what is known as tandem feeding.
If you decide to continue breastfeeding while pregnant, you may experience some natural symptoms, such as:
Recent studies have shown babies born to mothers who breastfed during pregnancy appear to be perfectly healthy. If you choose to breastfeed while pregnant here are a few tips to better take care of yourself and your babies:
- Hormonal changes make the nipples and breasts tenderer.
- Milk supply may diminish a bit.
- Kids who speak will tell you if breast milk tastes different.
Are there any risks of breastfeeding while pregnant?
Generally, it’s safe to continue breast-feeding during a pregnancy as long as the pregnancy is going well, and the mom is healthy. However there are a few situations where breastfeeding during pregnancy is NOT considered safe.
Moms who have a history of miscarriages or preterm labor should not do it. Breastfeeding causes increased oxytocin levels, which can cause uterine contractions making high-risk pregnancies more dangerous.
Some Moms find it too draining to feed during pregnancy, and use the time to start the weaning process. If you have any more questions about breastfeeding while pregnant, speak to your OBGYN to be sure you are healthy enough to continue breastfeeding your baby.
- Rest often and get plenty of sleep
- Eat healthy and nutritional foods to sustain both your milk supply and pregnancy
- Take prenatal Vitamins
- Increase calcium intake (drink milk, calcium supplements, cheese, almonds)
- Keep very hydrated
- Don’t consume Alcohol or tobacco products
- Avoid pollutants like pesticides, topical gels, hair spray, and certain cleaning supplies