Congratulations!! You are finally pregnant. We’ve talked about Infertility & Shaklee Solution posted on the December 29th, 2018, on how to overcome infertility and what are the other options available for fertility treatment. Check out that article if you have some questions about it, and if the article doesn’t ease your mind, no worries, Mommy J will always be around to help and give a free consultation. But if you are here reading this article, and you happen to not be pregnant but wanting the 411 for future references, no problem, its best to be prepared on what is to come if you and your spouse are planning on conceiving.
Getting pregnant is glorious and joyous moment for both you and your spouse, but staying healthy during the pregnancy is a whole different subject. The first three months are the most fragile phase of being pregnant because your baby is just beginning to develop and still very little. Here are the dos and don’ts during pregnancy.
- Do think food as fuel. At this point, your body is a vehicle, well because you are carrying a person inside of you, literally. It is your most precious person and you won’t want to fuel up your body with sub-par gasoline, right? Of course not! Of course you would want the best of the best for you and your baby. That is why you won’t want to fuel up your body with a sub-par energy sources. Choose to always eat at home because it is safer and cleaner, plus, getting local grown food, or even organic produce can limit your exposure to pesticides!
- Do focus on folate or folic acid. If you’ve been visiting your doctor about getting pregnant, you must have been advised to start taking folic acid in advance of getting pregnant. If you are not, you should start immediately. You will be advised to take 600micrograms of folic acid in the first trimester. Prenatal vitamins contains higher levels of certain nutrients that pregnant mothers require at higher doses; other than folic acid, calcium and iron are also essential for baby’s proper development to prevent birth defects. A multivitamin is most common for expectant mother. Multivitamin that contains DHA, EPA or both (also known as Omega-3 fats) are important for your baby’s brain development.
- Do get lots of rest and sleep. Hormone changes, anticipation, and anxiety can make sleeping difficult during your 9 months of pregnancy. Pregnancy might have its advantages, but it is also demanding especially in the final trimester, and then, you’ll really need your full hour snooze. It is best to take a quick nap during the day and schedule your bed time and stick to it. Ideally 7-9 hours each night to reenergize your body.
- Do have sex. Some may be reluctant to have sex because they are afraid that they might hurt the baby while at it. But not much can be said for couples who have complicating factor such as placenta previa or other types of high-risk pregnancy. Speak to your doctor before doing anything or if you have questions about the safety of intercourse during your pregnancy.
- Do practice yoga. Yoga is great for pregnant mommies. It helps reduce back pain and reduces stress. But seek for prenatal or gentle yoga classes that are designed for mothers-to-be. Experienced instructors in these prenatal yoga classes should be telling you which poses are best and which should be avoided entirely. If you weren’t doing yoga before getting pregnant, do seek your doctors advice before doing so.
- Do gain weight smartly. Don’t eat for two. Probably you’ve heard of that advice or you’ve heard of clueless mommies-to-be say things like, “I’m eating for two.” But that doesn’t mean you are licensed to eat whatever you’d like. Its important to watch what you put into your body while pregnancy; not too much sodium or sugar, this may cause a spike in your blood pressure and may cause diabetes. Instead, women need to be strategic about what they eat and how much. During your first trimester, you only need about 100 extra calories a day to support your growing fetus. By your third trimester, that additional calorie number is closer to 300 per day.
- Don’t smoke! Period. Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are most likely to have lower birth weight or born prematurely. They are at greater risk for learning disabilities than children who are born to nonsmoking mothers.
- Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol like smoking, is strictly a no-no if you want a healthy baby. Alcohol will greatly impact your baby’s development. Even small amounts of alcohol can be a problem. There appears to be no safe level of alcohol intake in pregnancy. Women who take alcohol while pregnant could deliver a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome. Symptoms of FAS include:
- low birth weight
- learning disabilities
- behavior problems
- lagging patterns in terms of growth and development milestones
- Don’t eat raw meat. Raw and undercooked meat and egg carry the risk of foodborne illnesses such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. These conditions can cause serious, life-threatening illnesses that could lead to severe birth defects and even miscarriages. It is advised that pregnant mommies make sure eggs and meat are thoroughly cooked before consuming. Other than raw meat, deli meats such as sausages, cold cuts, smoked salmon, and other cold meats. Meats that are sliced have far more surface area for bacterial growth. Thoroughly cooking these processed proteins well reduces your risk. It’s also important to eat pasteurized (not raw) milk and cheese. Always wash produce to help eliminate harmful bacteria.
- Don’t sit in hot tubs or saunas. Though relaxing, the high-heat environment of hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas may be too dangerous for expecting mothers. In fact, research suggests that using one of these during your first trimester may double your risk of miscarriage. Soaking in hot water can raise body temperature and this causes problems with the baby including increasing the risk of birth defects.
- Don’t clean the litter box. Pet your furry friend all you like and wash your hands afterward — but don’t clean a cat’s litter box. Feline waste is filled with millions of bacteria and parasites. One in particular, Toxoplasma gondii, is particularly dangerous to expecting mothers. If you contract it, you may never know until you begin having complications with your pregnancy. A miscarriage or stillbirth is possible. Babies who contract this parasite may face serious health problems, including seizures and mental disabilities.
Above all, to make sure your body is persistently healthy throughout your pregnancy, dos no. 2 is the most vital. Supplementing your body with all the right dosage of vitamins or prenatal supplements are crucial for the health of your baby and you. Shaklee is capable of providing these necessary supplements to ensure you have a healthy and wonderful pregnancy experience. Shaklee prenatal set consists of the following products;
- Vita-Lea Iron Formula – Source of folate, iron and zinc for baby’s growth and development.
- ESP Mixed Soy Protein Isolate Powder with Vanilla Flavour – Source of energy for mommy and necessary for strong and healthy bones and muscle for baby.
- Sustained Release Vita C Plus – Required to convert folic acid into its active form & reduce infection after delivery.
- OmegaGuard – Aids in development of healthy brain & eye in baby.
- B Complex with Folic Acid – Contains 8 types of vitamin B with folic acid and choline.
- OsteMatrix – Source of calcium for strong teeth and bones in baby and magnesium to lower the risk of fatigue, muscle twitching, loss of appetite, poor memory, insomnia and water retention for mommy.
For more info on the products mentioned above, please do not hesistate to contact Mommy J for a free one-on-one consultation and the best price for the Prenatal Set!
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