5 Things You Should Be Doing if You're Pregnant

Pregnancy can be an exciting time. However, it can also be a time filled with anxiety and stress if you're a first-time mother. There are certain things every person should do while they're pregnant. Here's a quick checklist to help get you started and relieve stress.

1. Take Prenatal Vitamins

You and your baby must get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients. When you take prenatal vitamins, you'll feel better and have more energy. Your baby will have the essential nutrients for healthy development, too. Your local practitioner can recommend an excellent prenatal vitamin or prescribe you one.

2. Avoid Unrealistic Weight Loss Goals

Most doctors recommend not trying to lose weight while you're pregnant. It's best not to restrict calories or exercise more than usual. Instead, focus on being healthy. Eat a diet full of various fruits and vegetables. Commit to exercising regularly, even if it's just walking. Once you start being a healthier version of yourself, you'll likely enjoy weight loss without effort.

3. Manage Stress

Pregnancy can be a stressful time, but it's essential to manage your stress the best you can. Too much stress isn't good for you or the baby. Meditation and yoga are great ways to help you stay calmer. Develop a support system that is there when you need a shoulder to cry on. If you suffer from mental illness, consider reaching out to a professional during this time.

4. Manage Medication

Certain medications you may not be able to take and others your doctor will prescribe. According to the National Library of Medicine, women are likelier to require testosterone therapy between 50 and 59. However, some pregnant women wind up needing hormone replacement therapy, too. If you're already on or think you need hormone replacement, speak with your doctor.

5. Educate Yourself

Being pregnant and then being a parent are journeys you'll take with the new life growing inside you. It's essential to take the time to educate yourself. Attend birthing classes and learn about the different birthing options. Consider whether you'd like a home birth, water birth, or to give birth in the hospital. Read parenting books and magazines when you can. Steps like this will help you prepare for this big life change.

Pregnancy is a joyous time to celebrate. In order to have the best possible experience, focus on being healthy instead of weight loss, get plenty of rest, and manage your stress the best you can. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, Keystone Medical Wellness can help you stay in good health throughout your pregnancy. Contact us today to learn more.

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