Pregnancy is an exciting time for mothers-to-be, their spouses, and everyone in their lives. However, pregnancy also means that expectant moms need to be increasingly careful so as to protect their bodies and their little unborn kids. Too often, pregnant moms downplay the need to be cautious and go all out in regards to the activities in their life as though there weren’t heavy with child. However, this is not the safest approach. As any GP will tell you, pregnancy is a time to be cautious. Below, find six safety tips on how to remain safe through your 9-month pregnancy journey.
Between months 1-4, you can afford to wear your regular clothes and shoes because your tummy hasn’t grown big yet. However, from month four onward, you have to wear expectant clothes all the time. Clothes that are loose-fitting or those that have an elastic band will ensure that you stay comfortable and that you do not apply any unwanted pressure to your blooming bulge. Changing heeled shoes for flats will also do your feet a lot better as you will stay light on your feet longer and will avoid too much swelling in your legs.
When pregnant mothers remain at home or take their pregnancy breaks, some tend to overwork themselves in an attempt to remain busy or productive. While the idea is noble, balance is needed to avoid overworking oneself. Limit your chores throughout the house. Give yourself regular breaks and avoid any heavy work that will make you strain. If you’re not up to the usual domestic chores, think about hiring temporary help.
Women are known to have great instincts and mothers have even better ones. Being pregnant puts you in the latter group. As you sail through pregnancy, learn to listen to your body. Let it give you the cues to follow in regards to health and safety. Don’t assume any new or strange developments that you encounter, e.g. pain, discomfort, unusual discharge, etc. If you detect that something is amiss, talk to your GP immediately. Don’t take any chances at this time.
Being pregnant, especially in the last few months, means that you will not be able to do some of the things that you are usually able to do. For example, you won’t be able to stand or walk for long. Event simple duties like bending down to pick something from the ground might become a chore. Instead of straining to do everything yourself, learn to ask for help any time you need it. This will ensure that you do not get yourself into precarious situations that put you or your baby at risk.
One way to remain safe during pregnancy is to exercise. Just because you’re expectant does not mean that you cannot stay fit. Go for pregnancy exercise classes such as aerobics, dancing, yoga, pilates, etc. Exercise will allow you to remain healthy, both physically and mentally. Remember that you need to be fit to carry a growing baby 24/7 for nine months. The more fit you are, the easier it will be. Exercising during pregnancy will also allow you to keep that extra weight at bay. In addition to that, if you exercise during pregnancy, working out after pregnancy to regain your physique will be easy.
Last but not least, be careful of the advice you take or follow. As a pregnant mom or couple, you are going to get a lot of advice from other people. This could be mothers, other couples, friends, family, workmates or online sources. Don’t take up just any advice because it sounds good. Learn to trust your instincts. Also, limit the number of people/sources that you take advice from. These should be sources that you know and trust. Needless to say, following the wrong advice at this time could be dangerous.
At the end of the day, your main goal during pregnancy is to stay safe and healthy so that you can carry your baby to delivery. The above tips will go a long way in guiding you to doing exactly that, especially if you’re a first-time mom. Besides that, enjoy the process. And if you have ever wondered, “Am I having a boy or girl?” Take a baby gender prediction test. Bottom-line, your pregnancy is a journey and not an event so do everything you can to make it count.
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