Women Health Care During Prgnancy: Know Few Health Tips For "Pregnant Woman" For safe delivery - SOWETO DAILY

Women Health Care During Prgnancy: Know Few Health Tips For "Pregnant Woman" For safe delivery

If you're pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, you probably know some of the basic pregnancy advice about taking care of yourself and the baby E.g don't smoke or be around secondhand smoke, don't drink, and get your rest. Here are more pregnancy tips, from taking vitamins to what to do with the kitty litter, that can help ensure safe and healthy prenatal development.

1. Take a Prenatal Vitamin

Even when you're still trying to conceive, it's smart to start taking prenatal vitamins. Your baby's neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord, develops within the first month of pregnancy, so it's important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron, from the very start.
Prenatal vitamins are available over the counter at most drug stores, or you can get them by prescription from your doctor. If taking them makes you feel queasy, try taking them at night or with a light snack. Chewing gum or sucking on hard candy afterwards can help, too.


Staying active is important for your general health and can help you reduce stress, control your weight, improve circulation, boost your mood, and sleep better. Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least 15-20 minutes every day at a moderate pace, in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating.
Pilates, yoga, swimming, and walking are also great activities for most pregnant women, but be sure to check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Listen to your body, though, and don't overdo it.

3. Keep Yourself Hydrated

It's widely advised for the pregnant woman to take a lot of Plenty of water for a normal proper growth and health care of the pregnant woman is great. If you are nauseated and can’t keep water down, add a spoonful of sugar and a pinch of salt to it. This will dehydrate you quickly and ease much of your nausea.

4. See your doctor or midwife as soon as 

soon as you find out you’re pregnant, get yourself registered for antenatal care. Make an appointment with your GP or a midwife at your local surgery or children's centre. Or register online with your local maternity service.

Organizing your care early means you’ll get good advice for a healthy pregnancy right from the start. You’ll also have plenty of time to organize your diary for ultrasound scans and tests that you may need. 

5. Eat A Proper Balanced Diet

Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whenever you can. This means having:

  • At least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juice all count.

  • Starchy foods (carbohydrates), such as bread, pasta and rice. Carbohydrates need to make up just over a third of what you eat. Choose wholegrain varieties rather than white, so you get plenty of fibre.

  • Daily servings of protein, such as fish, lean meat, eggs, beans, nuts or pulses.

  • Dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.

  • Two portions of fish a week, at least one of which should be oily, such as salmon, sardines or mackerel.

Fish is full of protein, vitamin D, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for the development of your baby’s nervous system.

If you don't like fish, you can get omega-3 fatty acids from other foods, such as nuts, seeds, soy products and green leafy vegetables.

You don’t need to eat for two when you’re pregnant. You don’t need extra calories for the first six months of pregnancy.

In the last three months, you’ll only need another 200 calories a day.

Stay well hydrated too. The amount of water in your body increases during pregnancy to help you maintain healthy blood pressure levels.

Try to have about eight glasses of fluid, such as water, fruit teas, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk or fresh fruit juice every day.

See our pregnancy meal planners for each trimester.
N/B: Now that you know you're pregnant, it's more important than ever to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. You can boost your chances of having a problem-free pregnancy and a healthy baby boy following these
few simple guidelines.

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