Everyday, you are getting closer to meeting your little one. You need to stay healthy so you and your baby can be in good condition. Try these simple steps to help keep you and your growing baby safe, and help make life easier in the months ahead.
1. Don’t get your hands dirty
While it’s safe to use cleaning products such as bleach, make sure you use gloves to avoid getting them on your skin – the chemicals can be absorbed into your skin, which could harm your baby.
2. Buy a new bra
As you progress through your pregnancy, your breasts will change and grow so you’ll need to get refitted for your bra every so often. Remember when you’re choosing a new bra that some midwives advise against wearing underwired ones because the wire may obstruct the increased blood flow.
Choose a maternity or non-wired bra with wider shoulder straps, good support and an adjustable back. Depending on how much your breasts change, you may need to get new bra sizes four to six times during pregnancy.
3. Watch what you eat
If food is not cooked through completely, it may contain bacteria called listeria, which can cause miscarriage, stillbirth or serious illness in a newborn baby.
To avoid listeria bacteria make sure food is cooked at high temperatures. Also, ignore the old advice about eating for two – appetite is your best guide, and eating little and often will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Always aim for a good balance of great-tasting, fresh ingredients.
4. Look after your teeth
You may find your gums bleed more easily due to hormonal changes – if so, visit your dentist regularly for a thorough cleaning.
5. Lose the high heels
Like your waistline, your feet will get wider too! Also keeping your balance in your most gorgeous high heels gets harder.
Do your most cherished shoes a favour by leaving them in the back of the shoe rack for a few months and take your pick of the fashionable flat shoes out there.
6. Fasten your seatbelt properly
Road accidents are one of the most common causes of injury among pregnant women. Always fasten your seatbelt, making sure it sits above and below your bump, NOT across it. If you are entering a public bus, try not to site beside the driver- we al know how reckless drivers can be.
Four pregnancy must-dos
– Take folic acid supplement daily. Raising your body’s levels of folic acid can help protect your baby.
– Stop smoking. Smoking has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage and breathing problems in your baby.
– Avoid heavy drinking. Heavy drinking is linked to low birth weight and serious birth defects, so stop drinking if you’re trying to get pregnant or as soon as you find out you’re expecting.
– Cut down on caffeine. Too much has been linked to low birth weight and miscarriage, so if you have to, cut down on coffee and drinks with caffeine.