Pregnancy is precious, a blessing no less.
How you take care of yourself when expectant can make a substantial positive difference in baby’s development.
Be conscious enough and track the difference.
Take care of your mental health
Entertain positive thoughts, keep positive company, and monitor your mood swings. Be intentional enough not to allow yourself to sink low.
Go to sleep on your side in the third trimester
Going to sleep on your back in the third trimester doubles your risk of stillbirth. You may wake up in all sorts of positions during the night, and that’s OK, but if you go to sleep on your side, you will be sleeping safely for your baby.
Consider taking the vaccinations that are offered
You are given Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular pertussis) combined vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks
Carry your pregnancy notes
It is recommended to carry your antenatal notes everywhere you go as they contain all your medical and pregnancy history. This is particularly important if you need to go to the maternity unit, especially at short notice, as this is the only way health professionals will have access to all your history and what has been happening in your pregnancy.
Monitor your baby’s movements
Your baby’s movements are a sign that they are well. They settle into a regular pattern at around week 24. Start monitoring the pattern at this point, and if you notice a reduction in movement, seek help immediately.
Being sedentary (sitting down a lot) is not healthy for you or your baby.
It puts you at a higher risk of too much weight gain, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and varicose veins, and you are more likely to have shortness of breath and lower back pain.
If you did exercise before you became pregnant, you can continue at the same level but listen to your body and slow down when you feel uncomfortable.
If you didn’t exercise before you became pregnant, you don’t have to take up organized exercise classes, and the important thing is to be active.
The recommended amount of activity for pregnant women is 30 minutes a day, four times a week.
These would be the best 40 weeks of your life, take care of you and the life developing in you.
Please note that, sexual activity is allowed all through the pregnancy unless any complications.
In the next article, we take a look at the risks involved in pregnancy and the measures to take.