The Top 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid While Pregnant
Pregnancy is a joyful yet a rather stressful time in any woman’s life. While you are certainly eagerly looking forward to the day that you will hold the little one in your arms, it feels like there are so many chances of making mistakes and falling into traps that lie along the way. Everyone is all too happy to tell you their list of do’s and don’ts and in most cases, the don’ts outnumber the do’s by a significant margin.
While there are things that an expecting mother should absolutely avoid the list of don’ts that everyone is so willing to throw upon you, there’s generally a whole bunch of myths thrown into them.
In this list we’ll cover the three most common mistakes that are made during pregnancy, beginning with:
Eating for two while pregnant
Perhaps the biggest myth that has been passed on from generation to generation. We see it even in TV shows and movies, loving husband force feeding the wife because she has another (unborn) mouth to feed. There is not another whole person inside of her, so why would she instantly double her diet? At most you need 300 odd extra calories a day to ensure the baby’s good health and nothing more. On the contrary what you eat is much more crucial. Instead of stuffing yourself with junk food handed to you by family members, try to eat a lot of fruits, raw veggies, nuts and eggs so that your body gets the vital nutrients.
Not exercising during your pregnancy
While it’s true that expectant mothers should not over exert themselves, it has also been proven that exercising does indeed help during the pregnancy. In fact not exercising during your pregnancy can actually be harmful for your body – on the other hand sweating it out helps you combat stress hormones, enhance circulation and most of all, prepare your body for the rigors of labor. The idea here is not to indulge in hardcore workout session, a slight workout in the gym is more the way to go. If not then even daily walks, swimming and especially yoga can do wonders for you and your baby.
It’s of course crucial that you consult with your doctor first before embarking on any kind of fitness regime and if you are planning to work out in the gym, then it’s best to take the advice of a certified fitness trainer.
Avoiding the Doctors
While it can be quite the chore to visit the doctor, it’s very crucial for the health of both the mother and the baby. Even for something as slight as a fever, it is best that you leave it to the professionals. Remember that your body is going through a massive change during this period and the doctor is perhaps the one person who can make this process a whole lot easier. For instance, a doctor will prescribe vitamin and iron supplements if you are having massive trouble with nausea. On the other hand, trying to self-medicate in such a situation would be absolutely fruitless. This means no over the counter medications – not even paracetamol, without first consulting your doctor.
There are basic things that you must keep in mind during the pregnancy process to make it go smoothly. Remember, instead of relying on what friends and family might tell you, it’s best to make sure that you get your information from reliable resources who are experts instead of second hand advice.