From the day the doctor walked back into the office and said these 4 words – “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” your life changed instantly. Suddenly, it’s not about you anymore, it’s now about that precious little life you carry inside. From then on, the decisions you make are driven by the need to protect your baby and get the best care possible.
It’s indeed a very beautiful journey, one filled with a lot of “ooh” and “awww” moments – your body begins to make certain adjustments to accommodate its little passenger. The breasts become bigger because they’re getting ready for breastfeeding, increased trips to the bathroom to empty your bladder because your baby’s head is resting on it, you’re experiencing heartburn and constipation in addition to the weight that the doctor promises is good for you. In summary, pregnancy is the most delicate period of any woman’s life and as such should be treated with utmost care.
This is when you have to cut back on the crunches and situps as such exercises can cut blood flow to the fetus; you also don’t want to be around paint fumes as studies indicate that exposure to these fumes can lead to miscarriage. What you can and should do, is stay off your feet as long as you can as prolonged standing can result in the presence of varicose veins. It can also cause an abnormal buildup of fluid in the legs- what the doctors call edema.
In addition to that, pregnant women are required to make some changes to their diet and we’ve come across this awesome infographic on nutrition for pregnant women, we know will be useful to you.
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