Pregnancy, a beautiful experience:
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Carrying and nurturing a baby in the womb isn’t a joke. It is truly an amazing experience that every woman wants to enjoy at least once in her lifetime. Pregnancy is nothing less than a miracle as it creates a new human being from just one cell. It is one such glorious journey for the whole family that is needed to be enjoyed and celebrated.
Common mistakes of a pregnant woman:
Pregnancy comes with its share of joy and excitement, but sadly around 15% to 20% pregnancies in India end with miscarriages. Giving birth to a new life is not an easy task. Even though you try to be cautious and careful at every step of your pregnancy and take all the advice seriously, still you might make some mistakes, especially if it is your first pregnancy.
Here are a few of the common mistakes every pregnant woman makes:
#1 Eating for two:
Most of the pregnant women believe that as there is one more life growing inside their body, they should eat for two people. But, it isn’t true. You only need 300 calories more than your present intake for the growth of your baby.
The excess weight gained during pregnancy can lead to various other health issues, like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. For a healthy pregnancy, eat only nutrient enriched foods that include fruits, vegetable, cereals, lentils, nuts, etc. and try to avoid unhealthy food items as much as possible.
#2 No exercise:
Pregnancy should not be an excuse for not exercising. Rather, exercising during pregnancy is important for a good hormonal balance, combatting stress, proper blood circulation, and preparing the body for labour pain. To start with even a 30 minutes’ walk will be a good workout option. You can slowly graduate to prenatal yoga, swimming, or other workout options. Don’t forget to consult your doctor before going ahead with any of your workout plan.
Pregnancy makes your body highly sensitive and allergic to various things. So, when you are pregnant, you should avoid as much medicine as possible. Self-medicating yourself can be injurious to your health as well as that of your baby and may even cause deformities in your unborn child in some cases. If you experience any uneasiness or health issue during the pregnancy, it is always better to consult your doctor before taking any medicine.
#4 Not getting enough sleep:
On an average, a person needs 6 to 7 hours of sleep to give proper rest to the body and revive the energy. And, during pregnancy due to hormonal and physical changes, the body needs more rest to avoid pregnancy-related fatigue. Usually, a sleep of 8 to 9 hours is recommended during pregnancy. You need to take proper rest to get your body prepared to face the grueling stress of labour and delivery.
#5 Not talking to your baby bump:
Being busy in daily life, maintaining work-life balance as well as tiredness and exhaustion due to pregnancy, you tend to forget about your baby bump unless your baby starts kicking. But, it is important that your bond with your bump starts even before the birth of a child. Just place your hand on your bump and talk all things good. It is a beautiful way to bond with your little one. The one, who is dearest to you, is a part of you
Having a kid is a life changing event:
Having a child is a big decision to take. Before, you plan for a baby you need to make sure that you are financially ready to welcome a new bundle of joy in your life. If you are a working couple, check your company’s maternity benefits, including paid leaves. Nowadays, various health insurance companies in India offer maternity coverage as well. Besides, covering maternity related expenses, these policies also cover prenatal expenses. However, these policies come with a waiting period of say, 3 or 4 years. It means, if your family planning is a few years away, you should buy a maternity insurance policy now so that you can get the coverage when you plan for it. The policy will give a sufficient coverage for maternity and childbirth-related expenses.
Healthy moms raise healthy kids!
Being pregnant is a happy and exciting time for you and your family. Just make sure to cherish each moment of this blissful journey with your partner and take a good care of yourself so that you have a happy and healthy kid