Mother’s Talk: What’s Okay and What’s Not, During Pregnancy

“No one is born a mother, they become one with the birth of their little ones.” We don’t know who to quote for this but we sure know it’s to the point.

No one is born a mother but you can always learn and prepare for this responsibility, if becoming a mother is on the cards for you.

Knowing everything there is about becoming a mother will help you steer the air of self-doubt and fear which surrounds expectant mothers during their pregnancy.

In this blog, we will uncover evidence-based recommendations from experienced mothers from the MiArcus Motherhood Community about things to do and not do in pregnancy. Are you ready? Take a deep breath and say yayy!

Do’s

  • Taking folic acid and vitamin D helps in lowering the risk of baby’s neural tube defects. Vitamin D supplements are quite beneficial during pregnancy, helping your baby develop stronger, healthier bones, teeth and muscles.
  • The big baby bump might make you feel like resting all day, but adopting a sedentary (sitting down a lot) lifestyle will not do any good, either to you or your baby. Though you can check with your Doctor in regards to physical activities you must avoid, but otherwise staying active is beneficial.
  • Think about what you eat. During pregnancy, some of the food items you consume come with the risk of infection while others can give you food poisoning. To sum up, what you eat has to have the right amount of every vitamin and mineral your body needs. Again, check with your doctor or your nutritionist for help.
  • Your baby’s movements indicate their good health and enable you to ensure their safety at all times. So, keep monitoring your baby’s movements starting at around the 24th week. If you see any irregular movements, check with your doctor immediately.
  • There can be an infinite number of sleeping positions you can wake up in, but going to sleep sideways will keep your baby safe. Avoid going to sleep on your back during the third trimester. Doing so might increase the risk of stillbirth.
  • As per studies, every 1 in 10 women experiences mental health problems during pregnancy. If you experience the symptoms, don’t dismiss negative or unusual feelings, especially if they last longer than expected.

Don’ts

  • It’s a misconception that a pregnant woman has to eat for two. Although, the calorie intake should be 200 calories (equivalent to a sandwich) more than your usual calorie consumption during the third trimester, but before that there’s no need to eat more.
  • Don’t smoke, not even a single puff. As per Doctors, smoking during pregnancy is a major risk factor which can lead to all sorts of health problems for your baby. And if you are finding it difficult to quit, find some support.
  • During the first trimester, the baby’s brain goes through a period of intense development – and consumption of alcohol can affect the process. Avoid drinking alcohol during the entire pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.
  • Too much coffee is a big no no during pregnancy. High caffeine intake can lead to lower birth weight in babies, which can further lead to health problems while growing up. Too much coffee can also increase the risk of miscarriage.
  • Don’t start dieting during your pregnancy. Your diet plan can lead to shortage of certain nutrients your baby may need. And if you still want to, check with your nutritionist first.

That’s all. We hope it was helpful. If you need more help with your pregnancy, join the Making Motherhood Joyful Community today!