Wanting to make sure you are doing everything in your power to create a happy, healthy baby is a natural desire.
You are now responsible for making decisions for two and must think about how your choices impact their growing in your body. Being a mindful and conscious parent begins before your baby is earth side.
What’s good for mother is likely to be good for baby; what’s harmful for mother is likely to be detrimental for your baby. From the cleaning products you use, personal care products, food you consume, how much water you drink, the vitamins (or lack of) all will have an affect on your baby’s immature liver and kidneys, which are not able to process and eliminate substances as quickly as your organs can.
Health starts in the womb! And it’s up to Mother’s to be mindful of their choices.
3 Basic Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Avoid environmental toxins including smoking, alcohol, illicit drugs, caffeine, and airborne chemicals such as household cleaners. Avoid smoking, alcohol, and using illicit drugs yourself. During pregnancy it is also better for baby to avoid caffeine, which is found in coffee, colas, tea, chocolate, and some over-the-counter medications. All of these environmental toxins are especially dangerous in the first trimester (conception through month three). Other environmental toxins to avoid include bug sprays, building materials, and the like as they contain known or suspected teratogens – substances that can cause birth defects.
- Eating right is one of the best tips for a healthy pregnancy. Make sure you are getting the right mix of the six basic nutrients: lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
- Maintain an active lifestyle, assuming you have a healthy pregnancy. Safety is also important when exercising while pregnant. Always:
- Consult your doctor before you begin an exercise program
- Determine your present fitness level
- Dress for the occasion
- Know your limits
- Be easy on your joints
- Don’t shake the baby
- Realize you’re off-center
- Realize that mommy slows as baby grows
- Rehydrate and refuel
- Keep cool
- Warm up and cool down
- Stay off your back
- Breathe! Both you and baby need oxygen.