Now that you’re pregnant, there are things you’ll want to do to prepare your mind and body for baby. From choosing a name for your little one to making sure that you haven’t gained too much weight, considerations need to be made. You’ll spend a great deal of time consulting the internet for advice and speaking to your OBGYN who will provide you with suggestions based on your unique needs. By the time you’ve given birth, you’ll be an expert on all things pregnancy-related.
Here are things you can do to prepare your body for baby:
- Take a prenatal vitamin. It is full of folate which prevents birth defects such as spinal bifida. If you’re not sure which supplement is right for you, ask Dr. Ahmadinia during your next scheduled appointment. That way, you can make sure that you’re getting the added vitamins and nutrients that you need to deliver a healthy baby.
- Be mindful of how much weight that you’re gaining. If your BMI is high, you may have complications while pregnant or delivering. Work with your OBGYN to come up with a diet and exercise plan that is perfect for you and your needs. Do what you can to meal prep and sneak exercise into your day even if your schedule is jam-packed with activities.
- Limit how much caffeine you drink. Some studies have proven that higher caffeine levels have been linked with miscarriage. Although results aren’t conclusive, it’s still best to limit how much caffeine you consume. Remember that it isn’t only coffee, tea, and soda that contains the stimulating substance. Chocolate does, too, so keep your cravings minimal by indulging once in a great while in your favorite sweet treat.
- Exercise as often as you possibly can. Park further away from the door. Take the stairs while you’re in the earliest stages of pregnancy. Go for walks with family or friends. Do gentle yoga stretches. The biggest thing to remember is that all movement is good movement. It helps prevent inflammation in the body which causes redness and swelling in places such as your hands and feet.
- Make sure that you see your dentist. An influx of hormones can cause gum issues. Plaque may make the gums red, swollen or tender. Brush and floss regularly. Visit your dentist for your annual check-up to make sure all is well with your teeth and gums.
There are many things you can do to prepare for your pregnancy. Seeing Dr. Ahmadinia at OBGYN High Desert is among the most important. He will help you come up with a personalized plan of care that meets your needs.