Your Ultimate Guide To Mum-To-Be Complete Care

Your Ultimate Guide To Mum-To-Be Complete Care

13 Jan 2023 | 4 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

Author | 245 Articles

A guide to mum-to-be complete care is essential because it’s important to take care of your health not just for yourself but also for the baby growing inside you. So living a healthy lifestyle while you’re pregnant helps you to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth, and a healthy baby. 

We’ve put together a guide to mom-to-be-complete care so that you can do it right – right from the start!

Guide To Mom-to-be Complete Care

Prenatal Check-Ups

As soon as you find out you are pregnant, schedule an appointment with your doctor so that he/she can review your medical history and know about all your symptoms. Your doctor may ask you to do a urine and blood test to check for high sugar levels, high protein levels, bacteria, blood type, blood cell count, iron levels and infectious diseases if any. Other tests may include:

  • A pap smear to screen for cervical cancer. 
  • A pelvic exam to check the size and shape and alignment of your uterus. 
  • An ultrasound to view your baby’s growth and position.

Check Your Weight

The weight you gain may not be the same as another pregnant woman as it’s different for everyone, but a healthy weight gain during pregnancy should be around 11 to 13 kg. Checking your weight gain will tell you whether you need to lose or gain more weight. 

Take Care Of Your Skin

Pregnancy can cause several skin issues because of hormonal changes. Most pregnant women face issues like dry skin, itchiness, pigmentation and stretch marks. Use natural and gentle skin care products to combat all pregnancy-related skin issues. Make sure the products you use are toxin free and dermatologically tested as products that contain toxins can be harmful to you and your baby. Natural products cure and soothe dry, itchy skin during pregnancy.

Eat A Healthy Nutritious Diet

Eating a healthy and nutritious diet during pregnancy is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby. Eat smaller portions in small gaps. Include leafy green vegetables and fruits in your diet, they do wonders for your health during pregnancy as they are full of fibre. Make sure you wash all the vegetables and fruits thoroughly. 

Your diet during pregnancy should include calcium, protein, iron, and essential vitamins. These can be included in the form of a  wide variety of seafood, plant-based foods, whole grains, and lean meat. You should avoid:

  • Raw meat, eggs, and fish
  • Unpasteurised milk or milk products. 
  • Artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes. 
  • Excess caffeine. 
  • Over-the-counter medicines.
  • Alcohol.
  • Smoking.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water prevents dehydration, especially during the second trimester. Staying well-hydrated is also good for your skin during pregnancy.

guide to mum-to-be complete care
At least 30 minutes of exercise each day helps make labour and delivery easier/Image source: freepik

Stay Active

Exercising and staying active during pregnancy keeps your body healthy and also eases the discomfort that women face during pregnancy. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise each day as it helps makes labour and delivery easier. Swimming, walking, and yoga are some of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy. However, it’s essential to listen to your body and not overdo it. If you have a high-risk pregnancy and have been advised to rest then it is better to avoid exercising.

Avoid Stress

Stress is one of the worst things that can harm both your physical and mental health, Stay away from anything or anyone who causes stress. Meditate, listen to calming music, read books and indulge in the things that make you happy. A happy mum means a happy baby!

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