Protect You and Your Unborn Child’s Health — 5 Things to Consider

Being pregnant can be a stressful time for a new mother. There is a lot to worry about, and at the top of most mother’s lists of worries is the health and well-being of their baby. To protect your child during those pivotal nine months, you are going to need to make the best health decisions possible and take proper precautions. Below are five things you should consider in order to protect you and your unborn child’s health.

1. Prenatal Checkups

One thing you should certainly do during your pregnancy is receive prenatal checkups. A prenatal checkup occurs when a pregnant woman visits the doctor so that certain tests can be performed to confirm the health status of both mother and baby.

Tests that may be conducted for the mother include checking blood pressure and performing a pap smear to test for cervical cancer. Once the pregnancy has reached the second trimester, the doctor will check the baby’s heartbeat as well as its position inside the mother. As the pregnancy proceeds, blood tests and ultrasounds may be performed. If you are considered to be having a high-risk pregnancy, then a specialist like Dr. Gilbert Webb will be needed to care for you throughout the stages of pregnancy and birth. All of this is necessary to ensure that the baby is healthy and the mother will have the ability to safely give birth.

2. Risk Factors

Certain mothers are at more risk of having birth complications than others. Part of being a responsible mother is knowing whether or not you are at risk. Things that could result in a high risk pregnancy include the age of the mother, sexually transmitted diseases, and other medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Other risks can develop during the pregnancy, such as multiple fetuses or premature labor.

3. Rest

Getting enough rest is very important for the health of both the mother and child. During the beginning of pregnancy, the mother will feel a lot of fatigue due to the influx of hormones into her body. However, this fatigue has a purpose. It’s the body’s natural way of telling the mother to take it slow. For your baby to be healthy, you need to be getting a few extra hours of sleep. Take as many naps as you need. If backaches keep you awake at night, consider sleeping on your side instead.

4. Diet

Being a responsible pregnant mother means making the right food choices so that the baby receives proper nutrition. It also means avoiding foods and drinks that could harm the child. A healthy diet for a pregnant mother should include things like fiber-rich whole grain bread, iron-rich foods such as spinach, foods that contain iodine like cottage cheese, and Vitamin C-rich juices.

Overall, pregnancy is not the time to diet. You need to be getting the right mix of vitamins and nutrients. Foods and drinks that should be avoided because they could be harmful to the baby include alcohol, caffeinated drinks, sushi, deli meats, green tea, and anything containing raw meat or eggs.

5. Pelvic Exercises

During pregnancy, extra pressure is placed on the muscles at the base of the mother’s pelvis. These muscles are important because they help support the vagina, bladder, and other important organs. This extra pressure can lead to problems like incontinence, which can result in accidental, sudden urination. However, you can help strengthen these muscles and prevent this condition by performing pelvic floor exercises. These same exercises can also help ensure that you are more easily able to use these muscles while giving birth.

Being a parent can be scary, but if you receive the proper medical assistance, eat right, perform the right kind of exercise, and get enough rest, you can certainly increase your chances of having a safe and healthy pregnancy.

This guest post was contributed by Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger who lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Brooke loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. Follow Brooke on Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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15 thoughts on “Protect You and Your Unborn Child’s Health — 5 Things to Consider”

  1. Motherhood definitely begins during pregnancy! There’s a lot going on even though the baby’s still in your belly. Great list! I think prenatal care is the most important!

  2. Pregnancy and childbirth are certainly an experience that a mom would never forget. It is a must that we care not only for the baby we are carrying in our womb, but also our own health too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are the great tips. pregnancy was really hard especially on the firs trimester. and should eat the healthy food go to the doctor for the check up and bed rest

  4. We were very careful when I was pregnant with my twins. We didn’t want to risk going into premature labor. These were definitely on my list during that time.

  5. Many times people just don’t realize just how much care women need during pregnancy. Nine months may seem like a long period to have to be health conscious, however it is actually such a short time compared to the lifespan of the child’s life.

  6. I think a lot of expecting mothers forget to place themselves first over everyone else… they need rest, they need time and space and comfort. Stress can only be damaging.

  7. These are awesome things for pregnant woman to consider for her and her unborn child. It is so important to go to the prenatal checks and to eat along with sleeping right. Thanks for sharing.

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