Finally Pregnant, Now What?

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Have you just found out you’re pregnant? Congratu­lations! Getting pregnant is a colossal mile­stone in life. But now what do you do? What are the next steps after achieving pregnancy success? Are you ready for the changes that are coming ahead in this beautiful journey?

If yes, then lock-in and get ready to be educated on this comprehensive guide on the best ways to get your pregnancy off to the best start!

1. Schedule A Check-Up

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Long before your baby takes its first steps, you need to take yours. Schedule a medical check-up for yourself. During this test, your ob-gyn will go over issues, such as your families’ health histories.

Make sure to bring any particular inquiries you may have. Your visit should cover anything you’re worried about, from screening for any health conditions that can affect pregnancy to screening for pregnancy fitness.

2. Start Eating Healthy

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Having a healthy baby begins with a safe and healthy pregnancy. Being aware of your body and having a healthy lifestyle is the first step. Healthy eating keeps you feeling better and gives your baby the essential supplements needed in the womb.

Regarding the best nourish­ments to eat when pregnant, try to eat foods that pack a lot of supple­ments into only a few bites and don’t reach for empty-calorie snacks. This will help you and your baby get the nutrients and minerals you both need.

Best and Worst Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

When creating your healthy diet plan, focus on whole foods that give you higher measures of the good stuff, for example:

  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Healthy fats
  • Complex starches
  • Fiber and liquids

Here are a few highly nutritious foods to eat when you’re pregnant to help ensure you’re hitting those supplement goals:

  • Water, water, water
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Lean protein
  • Legumes
  • Starchy foods (carbohydrates)
  • Dairy products, especially yogurt
  • Salmon

Hydration is crucial! While recommending the best foods to eat when pregnant, remember a few things you, as a pregnant woman, should remove from your menu:

  • Alcohol
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Limit foods high in sugar
  • Unpasteurized (raw) milk
  • Seafood high in mercury*

*Avoid fish and other seafood with high mercury, such as bigeye fish, marlin, orange roughy, shark, ruler mackerel, swordfish, or tilefish.

Take Folic Acid

Research shows that taking a daily multi­vitamin with folic acid (B9) signifi­cantly reduces the risk of neural tube defect (NTD), a birth deformity of the spine or cerebrum. This defect develops primarily in the initial weeks of pregnancy. So, taking folic acid from the start can help protect your baby from congenital disabilities.

3. Exercise Regularly

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Moving your body is another incredible way to stay healthy during pregnancy. Strive to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise for an average of 150 minutes every week. Exercising will help you maintain a healthy weight.

4. Revamp Your Wardrobe

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You have no clue how much your body will change during and after pregnancy. How do you figure out how to look (and feel) presentable? The answer is the proper clothes! Here’s your closet scheme:

Go Drapey

A pregnant and a new mother’s body is in a condition of transition that can be hard to dress.

Wearing tops and dresses that drape over and away from your belly, as opposed to fitting firmly, is a perfect choice. Shirt dresses, Empire-waist dresses, tunics, and tops with ruching are all incredible alternatives.

Keep Your Footwear Comfortable

As your body transforms, you need to feel as comfort­able as possible and what you wear dramati­cally affects that. As the months progress, you may see your feet and lower legs beginning to swell. This can be a signifi­cant source of uneasi­ness, so pick your footwear accordingly—a good pair of sandals will be both comfy and cute.

Pause for a moment and take a deep breath!

Your emotions will be all over the place. This is a defining moment—also, likely one you’ll think back on with joy for a long time to come. So, get excited—the joys of motherhood are just beginning!

Guest-author Faiza Khan Niazi writes about pregnancy and parenting.

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