Mistakes during pregnancy

Do not take excess food intake:

You need only 300 calories more than your normal calorie intake. 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.

Self Medication:

You are supposed to refrain from using antacidsparacetamol or even acne creams once you are pregnant?

Only take pills that are prescribed by your doctor. If you have noticed that your prenatal vitamins and iron doses are making you feel nauseated talk to your doctor for a change of brand. These vitamins and iron supplements are prescribed to you to meet the requirements and you can’t do without them. If acidity, headache and acne is troubling you get help from a professional.

Lack of sleep/oversleep

If you have been sleeping for less than five or six hours in a day, its time you sleep more.

Oversleeping tends to  make your body crave more sleep. This can spell trouble, post delivery, when your baby has erratic sleep cycles and your body yearns for more sleep.

Not talking to your baby-bump:

Put a hand on your belly and while gently caressing it, talk to your baby, often. Paying attention to your baby bump helps you bond with your baby and stimulates it’s senses too.

Avoiding comfort foods:

Putting a check on your sweet intake will help you prevent the chances of suffering from gestational diabetes and other allied problems, but stressing yourself about not having a bite of  your favorite sugary treat will only increase anxiety levels in you, which in turn can affect your baby’s well-being.

Not Exercising:

Start exercising from the initial days of your pregnancy. If you are a beginner, discuss your plan with your doctor and how you should go about it. If you have already started hitting the gym, have a detailed discussion with your trainer on how you can alter your regimen to suit your special needs. Remember not to do anything drastic or take up any new challenges during your pregnancy.

Deciding on healthcare hastily:

Read up on the various types of birthing and choose what you would prefer for yourself. If it is hypnobirthing or water birth that you want, check if your hospital can help you with one. If not you surely should look elsewhere.

Hypno Birthing: Contemporary women in our culture hold an unprecedented fear of giving birth, too often associating it with excruciating pain, thereby causing their bodies to become unable to perform what should be a normal physiological function. HypnoBirthing™ is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education enhanced by self‑hypnosis and guided imagery techniques that allow women to use their natural abilities to bring about safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing.

Water Birthing: Proponents of water birth believe that it is natural birthing at its best. In this process the mother is allowed to sit and relax inside a pool of water (either a bathtub or artificially made pool) brought down to a temperature that is suitable and soothing for her. The most important aspect of water birth is that it comforts the mother when the contractions set in, acting as a natural pain reliever. It is also believed that water births help the baby experience a gentle transition from the womb to the world.

Not joining an antenatal class:

Antenatal classes will give you all the information you might on pregnancy and childcare and prepare you for the onslaught of delivery.

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