8 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy

Posted on 13 April 2017

To have a good pregnancy, we must not only look at physical health. Being healthy is essential right now, but also be mentally calm, prepared and happy. That is why we are going to give ten keys to a healthy and happy pregnancy, in which mind and body combine in harmony to welcome a new member into our lives. 

Exercise during pregnancy

For our well-being and an ideal weight gain, it is essential to perform physical exercise appropriate to our state. Whether swimming, yoga, walking, pilates...

 By performing a moderate and constant exercise we will improve our cardiovascular and muscular condition and favor a postural correction. All this will provide the pregnant woman with a better overall physical condition and allow her to face the work of pregnancy and childbirth with fewer risks.

 

 Go to medical visits

Periodically visit the gynecologist to get the necessary tests and obtain an adequate prenatal care. Thus we will monitor both the health of the baby and ours, having the possibility to consult the specialist all our doubts and fears, as well as talk about our birth plan. The prenatal tests will give us peace of mind, help us to "get close" to the baby and with the ultrasounds, we will have their first images for the memory.

 Wear proper clothing

We must wear comfortable clothing (including shoes), appropriate to the increase in weight and volume we experience. This will help the blood circulate better, our movements are correct and not forced and the skin stays healthy. It's not about dressing like sacks of potatoes, because fortunately being pregnant is no longer hard-fought with fashion, and many stores sell pretty pre-mommy outfits. Heels can wait, but to feel comfortable and beautiful with a nice "wrapping" favors an important psychic well-being at the moment.

Pamper our mind during pregnancy

If we take the time to take care of our body, we also have to save time for our relaxation and mind care. Not only is the body more vulnerable during pregnancy. Finding our peace of mind and doing relaxation exercises at home will help us feel better. We do not have to park the activities that we like going to the movies, reading, going out to the country, crafts ... 

Take care of our skin

During pregnancy it is essential to apply protective sunscreens to prevent skin blemishes and burns. Due to the action of the hormones, the skin of the pregnant woman undergoes alterations like the hyperpigmentation. Also important are anti-stress creams, which prevent the appearance of these scars with the stretching of our skin, with special attention during the final months, when the skin is stretched at a very fast rate. Hydrating the whole body after the bath or shower gives us a moment of relaxation. Soft massage after exercise helps us feel better. Of course, the external hydration must be supplemented with the internal one, drinking plenty of liquids as we have already mentioned in the nutrition point. Everything combined will increase our well-being by feeling more cared and beautiful. 

A good rest during pregnancy

To sleep and to rest what the body asks of us is very important. Tiredness and sleep can accompany us from the first moment as one of the first symptoms of pregnancy and hopefully, will disappear. But it is more than likely that we will feel very tired and sleepy in the final stages of pregnancy. It is what the body needs, and we must listen to it, resting as much as possible, not forgetting that moderate exercise will make us rest and sleep better.

Preparation classes at childbirth

Attending childbirth classes can be very beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Relating to other pregnant women and sharing experiences open our minds to discover that we are not the only ones who have doubts or fears. They also serve to gain knowledge and awareness about changes in our body, knowing concepts about the phases of childbirth, baby hygiene or breastfeeding will help us feel more prepared for the changes that are coming. Through knowledge, an important self-confidence is generated thanks to security, and being a father begins to live already. As much as possible, it is good to share these classes with the couple. 

Communicate with the baby

Talking to the baby, communicating with him, putting music on him, will make us feel closer to him, preparing us for the moment when he really reaches our arms.  All these simple activities will achieve that the life that is generated in our bosom will fill us more of life to us. The possible annoyances of our pregnancy are forgotten in these moments of communication. Do not forget, to have a healthy pregnancy requires a happy pregnancy. We have to take care of mind and body in this delicate stage of our life, loaded with emotions and feelings sometimes contradictory. I hope that these tips to achieve a healthy and happy pregnancy encourage you to face this stage of your lives with an optimistic mood and full of vitality.

Do not forget, to have a healthy pregnancy requires a happy pregnancy. We have to take care of mind and body in this delicate stage of our life, loaded with emotions and feelings sometimes contradictory. I hope that these tips to achieve a healthy and happy pregnancy encourage you to face this stage of your lives with an optimistic mood and full of vitality.

 

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