It is a very important phase in a woman's life, so go for regular prenatal checkups as
they go a long way in reducing risks of complications during pregnancy and child birth. This, in turn, increases the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby. The first visit is recommended as soon as the pregnancy is suspected; the second visit should be scheduled between the 3-4 months (around 12-14 weeks). The third one should be planned in the 5th month (around 20 weeks), the fourth one is in the 7 th month (28 weeks) and the last one is in the 9th month (36-40 weeks).
• Eat healthy food
Eating healthy food is especially important for pregnant women. Your baby needs nutrients to grow healthy and strong in the womb. You need to consume at least 300 kilo calories extra per day in pregnancy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, dry fruits, whole grains, calcium-rich foods and foods low in saturated fat.
• Exercise regularly
Daily exercise or staying active in other ways can help you stay healthy during pregnancy. Check with your doctor to find out how much physical activity is right for you.
• Take a daily prenatal vitamin
Taking a daily prenatal multivitamin can help ensure you get the right amount of the key nutrients you and your baby need during pregnancy. These include folic acid, iron and calcium.
• Get plenty of sleep
Ample sleep (7 to 9 hours) is important for you and your baby. Try to sleep on your left side to improve blood flow.
• Reduce stress
Reducing stress is crucial for improving birth outcomes. Pregnant women should avoid, as much as they can, stressful situations. Recruit your loved ones to help you manage stress in your life.
• Stay hydrated
A pregnant woman’s body needs more water than it did before pregnancy. Aim for eight or