Congratulations on your pregnancy! No matter what trimester you’re in, you probably have many questions. Most of these likely revolve around keeping your baby healthy. At Green Hills Pediatric Associates, we’re dedicated to healthy babies. We also want moms to know how to take care of themselves. Our tips will help both of you lead healthy lifestyles during this important time.
Healthy Pregnancy Tips
You’re eating for two, so you’ll likely be hungrier than usual during pregnancy. While this is normal, you should still watch what and how much you eat. Your OB-GYN will tell you how much weight he or she expects you to gain during each trimester. Eat 5–6 small, well-balanced meals per day. It’s okay to give in to cravings once in a while, but it shouldn’t be a habit.
In addition, you should try to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. This helps keep you and the baby hydrated, especially if you’re pregnant during the summer. Drinking water through a straw may help if you feel you can’t manage full glasses.
Watch Your Meds
Prenatal vitamins are essential; your OB-GYN will prescribe specific ones. As for other vitamins, medications, and remedies, be careful. Don’t take any medications without consulting your OB-GYN about their effects on the baby.
Keep Up Exercise Routines
Some exercises, such as long or high-impact aerobics classes, may not be best during pregnancy. However, you should maintain an exercise routine. Attend a pregnancy exercise class as well. If there isn’t one in your area, ask your doctor about specific exercises and stretches that you should be doing. Many doctors recommend walking for 15-20 minutes a day in cool, shaded areas. Keep your pace moderate, and don’t hesitate to rest if you get hot or tired.
Feed Your Baby Well
Once your baby arrives, one of your biggest concerns will be how to feed him or her. The specifics will change depending on whether you choose to breast or bottle feed. A newborn should eat every 2-3 hours regardless of how or what you feed him or her.
By about four months, babies should double their birth weight. Talk to your pediatrician about how to help your baby reach these guidelines. Don’t worry too much about baby fat; babies need fat to be healthy. However, ask your doctor if your baby seems overweight or suddenly seems to lose interest in eating.
For additional questions, contact the experts at Green Hills Pediatric Associates.