Thursday, 23 February 2012
You are pregnant! Hooray! A sweet little bundle to hold near and dear will be here before you know it. Now is the time to take especially good care of your health; and if you have never had a good enough reason to watch your diet, you do now.
Diet and indulgences
Nutrition is essential to a healthy pregnancy—and since you’re responsible for two people now, you’ll need to pay special attention to your diet. You won’t have to eat more food—but you should be eating as much nutritious food as you can. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, taking care to eat foods high in fiber. Go easy on the fats and sweets, and if you’re a coffee fan, go easy on the caffeine as well—according to the American Pregnancy Association, pregnant women can consume as much as 350 mg of caffeine a day.
Whether you’re pregnant or not, smoking is bad for your health, so throw out the cigarettes and stay away from secondhand smoke. If you are an avid fitness fanatic, keep it up, but talk to your doctor about appropriate workout plans. If you are a couch potato, try to get some walking or yoga in every day. Did you know that stronger muscles are a great catalyst during labor and delivery? Most importantly, see your doctor as soon as you suspect that you are pregnant. Early prenatal care results in healthier moms and babies. If your doctor feels that you are going to have a difficult pregnancy, he or she can refer you to specialists who are educated in this field.
Working while pregnant
Many women would love to stay home and lounge around when they find out that they are pregnant. The first few months of morning sickness and incredible fatigue are enough to keep us on the couch with our feet up, snoozing away the day. The middle months are not too bad, but the third trimester promises to be gruesome, as we are as big as a house with shoes that don’t fit right. (I’ve heard the gossip around the water cooler.)
Practically speaking, staying home when pregnant is usually a luxury that most do not get to indulge in. Especially with a baby on the way, paying the bills is still necessary unless you have a fairy godmother somewhere that will magically zap them into oblivion.
Actually, working while you are pregnant can actually be good for you. It will make the time go faster, keep a roof over your head and keep you more active and physically fit. If you are worried about what you should or should not do when you are pregnant, just follow a few simple rules.
When you are pregnant:
1. Do not hide it from your employer. The sooner that your employer knows, the better. It will give them time to cover your position while you are out on maternity leave.
2. Do your job to the best of your ability without jeopardizing yourself or your baby’s health. If your job involves lifting something that is heavy, have someone else do it.
3. Do not skip meals. If you have never eaten three meals a day before you should definitely get into the habit now at least throughout your pregnancy.
4. Do not hold back on exercise unless you feel that you have a health issue with your pregnancy. Exercise is good for the both of you.
5. Do not smoke or be around anyone who smokes. This is harmful to both you and the baby.
6. The most important thing that you can give your baby is a great start in life. Be good to yourself and your baby.