There are certain mistakes that you are likely to make when pregnant. These mistakes can easily lead to stillbirth or your baby will have deformities once born. Do not panic, these mistakes can always be rectified for you to have a bouncing baby. Here are the mistakes to avoid:
Eating for Two People
As a pregnant woman, your calorie requirement is about 1900 calories per day. You, therefore, do not need to eat for two because the fetus inside your stomach does not need an additional 1,900 calories. An additional 300 calories would be enough. The fetus inside you just needs the right amount of nutrition.
The moment you eat for two, you are likely to gain excess weight which can be risky. Excess weight has been found to result in conditions such as gestational diabetes, postpartum, preeclampsia and could lead to cesarean delivery.
Ideally, you should check your diet and stick to fruits, greens, and vegetables. For proteins, eat eggs and nuts. Ensure that you have no hunger pangs so that you do not overeat.
The moment you get pregnant, avoid over the counter medications such as paracetamol, antacids, and creams that help in treating acne. Self-medication would most likely lead to abnormalities in your baby. These abnormalities are mostly congenital.
You should only medications that your doctor has prescribed. In case the dose given by the doctor is causing nauseating, reducing levels of vitamins and iron in your body, ask the doctor to change the brand of medication.
Ensure that you have the right work-life balance so that you can have enough sleep. Pregnancy will result in physical and hormonal changes in your body. These changes require enough sleep. When you sleep fewer hours, fatigue sets in and this can affect the baby during labor and delivery.
Failing to exercise
Exercising will help your body to improve blood circulation, fight hormones that cause stress, development of the fetus and more importantly help your body to prepare for delivery. Never look at exercising as a way of just burning calories.
Not Attending Antenatal Clinics
Antenatal classes are essential as they will give you information on your pregnancy, childcare, breastfeeding, managing labor, lactation, etc. It is imperative that you enroll in one. Avoid the temptation of relying on family members and friends for information on pregnancy.
Enroll for the classes during your first trimester. During the first trimester, things are at the nascent stage, and there will be a lot of time to learn and undo any damage caused.
Avoid Comfort Foods
Avoid taking foods that are very sweet like cakes. Sweet intake will result in gestational diabetes. On the converse, avoid having stress because you did not have a bite of your favorite candy as this creates anxiety. When anxiety is at high levels, the well-being of the baby is affected.
Health specialists recommend that your intake of sweet foods should be done in moderation. Fried and spicy foods are also strictly prohibited.
In conclusion, pregnancy is a good thing, and you should always do the right things to avoid problems later.