Welcome to my new series of articles looking at pregnancy month by month. In total there will be 6 articles in this series, covering each month of the pregnancy (two months per article), with a final chapter looking at the delivery itself.
Of course, you will want to give your baby the best opportunity possible to come into the world as fit as possible and ready to take on whatever life can throw your way.
As with any article on my site, the information provided here is for informational purposes and should you be in any doubt, then always consult your health practitioner.
Remember, pregnancy is not an easy process and there are numerous pitfalls. However, thousands of successful births happen every day of the week and the human race has a long history of what works and what doesn’t.
It is important to keep yourself healthy during these nine months, as the more healthy you are the better you will feel and the more successful your pregnancy will be. Much of this will be down to what you’ll eat and drink, but I will go into that the more we move on. Needless to say, you will be eating for more than one person from now on and getting the right nutrients will be key !!
It goes without saying that you should not take drugs (including cigarettes) or drink alcohol during pregnancy. But of course medicines to aid pregnancy, or taken on the advice of your doctor are permissible.
There are schools of thought that suggest that adult diseases can be triggered whilst the baby is still in the womb – so again be very careful what you ingest during this time.
Moms that stay healthy during pregnancy usually have an easier time whilst giving birth and also recover quicker, afterwards – which also possibly leads them to be more effective in the early days of parenthood.
When you first find out that you are pregnant, you will no doubt have a range of emotions flowing through you. These can include : excitement, happiness, fear, maybe relief (if you’ve been trying for a while). As time moves on, you will also become more tuned in to the physical changes that your body is going through. These will include, tiredness and sickness, and your breasts will be tender to the touch as well.
Inside you, your baby will develop very quickly and things like the vital organs and the nervous system will be in place long before there are any outward signs that you are pregnant.
With that overview complete, let’s move on month by month……….
It is rare for moms to actually even know anything about their first month of pregnancy – other than a missed period, which could always just be late anyway, if you are prone to irregular times of the month. However, if you have been planning for this, then now is a good time to mention some general do’s and don’ts, so that you get off to a good start.
It is also important to point out that a mom’s immune system will be weaker during pregnancy, therefore she should avoid certain foods.
- Have an initial assessment with your doctor
- Eat a healthy diet of fruit, vegetables, protein (Beef, chicken, hard cheeses and eggs) and whole grains
- Limit caffeine and ideally take it out of your diet completely
- Drink plenty of water – at least 2 litres – and more if exercising
- Increase your folic acid and calcium intake
- Smoke, drink alcohol, or take recreational type drugs
- Get too close to the cat litter box. This might contain toxoplasmosis, which can cause a number of problems for the developing fetus
- Partake in risky activities where you might fall or take a blow (e.g. skiing, or any contact sports)
Foods To Avoid
- Undercooked seafood and meats – and certainly not raw versions of either
- paté or other refrigerated meats
- Uncooked eggs
- Fish high in Mercury such as mackerel and swordfish
- Soft cheeses and unpasteurized milk
You now have a good grounding for what lies ahead in future months. I hope you found the first of these 6 articles helpful. For the next article in the series, please click :
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