While an easy pregnancy or delivery cannot be guaranteed to anyone, there are a lot of things you can do to increase your chances of bringing your baby into the world in a safe and healthy way. Here is a look at 5 things you can do right now to make pregnancy easier.
Get Prenatal Vitamins
It’s never too early to start taking care of your body with prenatal vitamins and a nutritious diet. Prenatal vitamins are packed with important nutrients like folic acid and iron. As soon as conception begins, your baby will begin rapidly growing and developing important organs such as the heart and nervous system. Having adequate vitamin and mineral levels in your diet may help lower the risk of birth defects during this period of growth.
Get Some Sleep
While having some extra shuteye before baby arrives is always a good idea, adequate sleep during pregnancy is more than anticipating future sleepless nights. Studies have linked lack of sleep during pregnancy to high blood pressure, premature birth, depression, and vascular disease.
When preparing for pregnancy, try to establish a routine that gives you 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. If you are having trouble getting to sleep, try a warm bath before bed or sleeping with a sleep mask. Having your room smell like lavender or roman chamomile can improve sleep too.
Get to a Healthy Weight
Obesity puts you at risk for many diseases during pregnancy including gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Studies show us that mothers who are overweight have a higher chance of cesarean deliveries and preterm births too. If you’re currently overweight, it’s important to speak with your doctor about a weight loss plan that can help you. A weight loss of as little as 5% can reduce your chances of serious complications.
Manage Chronic Conditions
Having a chronic health condition during pregnancy can be a challenge. Some medications may be harmful to a developing baby, and certain conditions like high blood pressure and coronary heart disease can lead to dangerous complications.
If you have a chronic condition, it’s important to communicate your plans to get pregnant with your doctor. They made need to make changes to your current prescriptions or refer you to specialist during pregnancy.
Stress alone can lower your chances of getting pregnant, but many people deal with stress by drinking, smoking, or indulging in junk food. These unhealthy habits negatively affect fertility too.
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress levels in a healthy way. It’s easy to learn and can be done anytime, anywhere. There’s no shortage of books, videos, and apps to teach meditation. Managing your stress before you get pregnant will help you cope with all the changes pregnancy brings.
Need some extra help planning for your pregnancy? Care Net provides pregnancy services for mothers and families as you prepare for this next major step in your life. Reach out to us today and we’ll help you get the support you need.