Nobody’s perfect; and even if you are a seasoned mom you may fall prey to some of the most common mistakes pregnant women make. However, fear not. There’s still time to “make things right” and take the best care possible of you and your baby.
Common Mistakes Pregnant Women Make:
#1 Eating for two: Your daily calorie requirement should be between 1800 to 2000 calories. Do you really think that a tiny fetus growing inside you would need those many daily calories to grow and develop? The answer is nope! What your baby needs is good nutrition. The general rule is that, you need only 300 calories more than your normal calorie intake to feed your growing fetus properly. Remember gaining excess weight during pregnancy can put you at risk of conditions like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and could necessitate you to have a C-section during your delivery. It can also lead to different health problems postpartum. Familiarize yourself with how much weight is too much during pregnancy and how to exercise weight control.
#2 Lack of sleep: If you’ve been under the impression that sacrificing on your sleep can help you get a work-life balance, know that pregnancy is no time to be Super Mom. The hormonal and physical changes that happen within your body during pregnancy demand extra sleep. Less sleep actually adds to your pregnancy-fatigue. Also, try and make up for all your sleep deficit, because your body will need you to be physically fit enough to go through the stress of labor and delivery. While resting and getting enough sleep is a must, exercising is also of huge importance in order for your body to prepare for the laborious journey of being in labor.
#3 Eating too many comfort foods: If you have a sweet tooth, it’s a good idea to limit your sweet intake a little after the second trimester. Putting a check on your sweet intake will help you prevent the chances of getting gestational diabetes and other similar issues, but stressing yourself about not having a bite of your favorite dessert or splurge will only increase your anxiety, which in turn can affect your baby’s well-being.
#4 Not exercising: If you are a ‘non-exerciser’ you’re sure find every reason to sit back and relax. Most women think that their daily commute, taking the stairs in their office, home or doing the usual household chores constitutes enough exercise to help burn those extra calories. But not exercising during pregnancy can harm your body like you don’t even realize. Exercise helps to combat stress hormones, boosts circulation, prepare the body for labor and delivery and help in fetal growth and development. Remember daily wear and tear is not a substitute for exercise.
#5 Making a rash decision on health care: Before you decide on a hospital or clinic, ask yourself what kind of birth you’re hoping for and if your doctor and the hospital have the means to support your decision. Birthing is a personal and emotional experience and you wouldn’t want it to be ruined by not expressing your desires. Read up on all types of birthing and choose what you would prefer for yourself.
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