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For Healthy Children, Put Yourself First During Pregnancy

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As a new mum, you’re probably fully aware that your life is going to be the very definition of chaos for the next eighteen years. From dirty nappies to emotional teenagers and everything in between, there’s no doubt that you’re going to be kept on your toes as a parent. Because of this, it’s especially important for you to pay particular attention to yourself during your pregnancy and take the necessary steps to fully prepare yourself for what’s coming. 

Whilst it may seem selfish to prioritise yourself — and you may be feeling hesitant about doing so at first — it’s one of the best ways you can help ensure a happy, healthy family in the long run. And one of the ways you can do this is by making sure you keep all of your medical appointments during your forty weeks of gestation. In turn, you can help make sure your pregnancy is free from complications and your children are given the best possible chance at life, as well.

Knowing What to Expect

There’s a lot of confusion about what it’s like to be pregnant, and if you’ve never had children before, you may have many questions about what to expect. As an expectant mother, one of your first duties, after you become pregnant, is to reach out to either your GP or your midwife. You need to meet with them no later than your tenth week of gestation to stay on schedule. They’ll help guide you through the next nine months and help you schedule any important prenatal appointments. This way, you won’t have to burden yourself with the extra stress (which can be harmful to you and the foetus!) of trying to handle it yourself.

Taking Proper Care of Yourself

Many of us understandably struggle with taking care of ourselves when we’re not pregnant, and that’s quite normal (though not necessarily a good thing!). However, as a pregnant mom-to-be, you need to be extra vigilant about taking good care of yourself for the next nine months. That’s why it’s especially important to stay on top of your routine medical appointments, including health screenings and check-ups. Even a minor case of the sniffles can seem so much scarier when pregnant, which is why you always need to make your health a priority whilst pregnant.

Eating the Right Diet

A healthy diet can look different from person to person. One person may be a strict vegetarian, yet another one may be following a lower carbohydrate diet. As an expectant mum-to-be, you also have your own share of nutritional responsibilities that you must adhere to. There are certain vitamin and mineral guidelines you need to follow, too, as this can affect your growing baby. Your GP can help educate you about the right diet to have a healthy pregnancy to help make sure you and your little one are meeting all of your nutritional needs at every trimester.

Testing for Genetic Anomalies

Nobody likes to think about possible complications during their pregnancy. It’s almost as though we’re afraid we’re going to put a curse on ourselves or something by merely mentioning it. Nevertheless, educating yourself about the very real risk of heritable anomalies can be quite empowering. A comprehensive carrier screening can give you an impressive amount of information about your own genetic code and the likelihood that you’ll pass any of those genetic mutations onto your little one.

Bracing Yourself for Labor and Delivery

Being a new mother can be an incredibly beautiful and rewarding time. Before you can finally hold your adorable little bundle of joy, though, you first need to give birth to them. Delivery and labour can admittedly be one of the less glamorous sides of pregnancy, and it’s vital that you have realistic expectations about what will happen whilst in labor. By staying abreast of your medical appointments, you can help ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises whilst giving birth and you’re fully informed about what will happen in the delivery room.

As a mom, you’re expected to wear a lot of hats, and all of this responsibility can be exhausting. From raising your child right to making sure they’re educated and meet all of their milestones, it can definitely be more than a little bit overwhelming. To help minimise all of this anxiety about your changing body and your new life, you absolutely need to keep up with all of your medical appointments. By doing so, you can also allow yourself to not only treat yourself with kindness and compassion — but also make sure your child is happy and healthy, too.

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