How to have a healthy pregnancy
Pregnancy is a fragile state for a woman to be in, what with raging hormones, swollen feet, funny cravings and receiving enough unwanted “advice” from others to make your head spin – it can be quite an intense time. Not to mention having to be extra careful and healthy. But you’re not alone, the Yoxa tribe is here to support you with tips on how to be at your healthiest during pregnancy so that you minimise all that stress and noise.
Understand physical changes
One of the most obvious things about pregnancy is that a woman’s body changes. These changes occur in order to accommodate your growing baby and to prepare your body for labour. Remember that your body is a temporary home to a tiny human life now and you should ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during this time.
Water good, coffee bad
As you can guess, water is still important – if not even more so – during pregnancy. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking enough water and avoiding caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that can cause heart palpitations and agitation, both which your baby will feel, causing it to get excited – and not in a good way.
There is no such thing as “eating for two” so don’t fall into that trap of letting yourself overeat. On average, a pregnant woman only needs about 300 extra calories a day (600 if you are having twins), which equates to a large banana. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can be bad for you and your baby, leading to gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, backache, and possibly a C-Section as your baby could then be too big for natural birth.
Rest, rest and more rest
Make sure you rest when you feel tired, get more sleep and eat regularly to keep your energy levels high. Fatigue during pregnancy is caused by hormones creating havoc as your body gears up to bear a baby during the first trimester. It is usually in the second trimester when energy is renewed, but the third trimester could see the return of the fatigue.
Don’t fly after 3 months
It’s safe to fly during the first and second trimester if you have an uncomplicated pregnancy, but doctors advise pregnant women not to fly after being pregnant for 36 weeks. Flying during pregnancy increases the risk of thrombosis (blood clots) and varicose veins because you’re sitting down for long periods of time.
Check what goes into your body
Everything you ingest passes from your bloodstream to your baby, so make sure the various medications you use are safe by asking your doctor. Some Medicines may not be safe for your baby.
Understand your baby’s behaviour
At around 16-20 weeks you will feel your baby gently start to move, although it could happen at a later stage. Your baby won’t move constantly, and you may not even notice all the movements, but you’ll soon get accustomed to the regular pattern of your baby’s movements. If your baby doesn’t respond to loud noises or stimuli, contact your doctor immediately. A decrease in movement could mean your baby is not getting enough nutrients or oxygen through your placenta. Babies usually kick after you eat or drink something sugary, so if you think your baby is not active try it to check for a response.
The bloodstream is the only source of oxygen and nutrients your baby receives when you are pregnant, so smoking can be extremely dangerous to your baby’s health, even to the point of stillbirth. Every puff you take lessens the oxygen available to your baby and puts them at risk. Do not smoke at all.
Exercise and nutrients
Research shows that pregnant women who exercise at least three times a week for 20 minutes, have shorter labour hours. It also helps control pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, weight gain and muscles stiffness. However, speak to your doctor before you start an exercise routine and remember to always take it easy.
Even though you may have a good diet, it’s difficult to get all the nutrients you and your baby need from food alone, as pregnant women and nursing mothers often need more nutrients than other women. Luckily, Yoxa Low GI Shakes are perfect for this role. YOXA Shakes are high in fibre and have a high enough nutritional value, when taken with fat-free milk, to be regarded as a meal replacement. These gluten-free shakes contain Essential Sugars (“Glyco-Nutrients”) and provide energy without fattening. These cholesterol-free supplement shakes stop cravings and help control blood sugar levels.
But that’s not all. Yoxa Health offers products for mothers such as our natural Baby colic gel, Baby bum gel and Tired Foot Gel (not to be used during pregnancy),. And we’re always coming up with new ideas.
Good nutrition is the foundation of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, and we are here to help you with that.
The Yoxa Tribe