15. Indulge in Some of your Cravings
We all know what it’s like to be craving sweets. But, sometimes, cravings are your body’s way of saying that it needs specific nutrients. To make your growing child has all he/she needs, cave in once in a while.
16. Know When To Ask For Help
Your body will communicate with you if there’s anything wrong with your baby. Luckily, with early intervention, many of these complications can be handled quickly and remedied.
Call your doctor if you (16):
- Have signs of preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition, such as
sudden swelling of your face, hands, or feet, visual problems (such as dimness or blurring) or severe headache.
- Have pain, cramping, or fever with bleeding from the vagina.
- Pass some tissue from the uterus.
- Think or know you have a fever.
- Vomit more than 3 times a day or are too nauseated to eat or drink, especially if you also have fever or pain.
- Have an increase or gush of fluid from your vagina. It is possible to mistake a leak of amniotic fluid for a problem with bladder control.
- Have any vaginal bleeding or an increase in your usual amount of vaginal discharge.
- Experience pelvic pain that doesn’t get better or go away.
- Itch all over your body (usually in the evenings at first, then throughout the day as well) with or without dark urine, pale stools, or yellowing of skin or eyes.
- Experience painful or frequent urination or urine that is cloudy, foul-smelling, or bloody.
- Feel unusually weak.
17. Treat Yourself
Pregnancy can be rough, as your muscle ache, your moods change expectantly, and your bladder gets full faster. To stay cool through it all, treat yourself with little relaxing activities every day. Take a nice warm bath, drink some calming peppermint or chamomile tea, and enjoy some pampering “me” time.
18. Get Out The Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great way to hydrate your skin as it expands to accommodate your growing belly. Better yet, this habit will help prevent stretch marks and help your skin bounce back after giving birth.
19. Go Swimming
Swimming creates a weightless environment to stretch your muscles, ligaments, and joints. Also, the sport relieves aches and pains and keeps you active.
20. Stay Away From Toxins
To avoid exposing your unborn child to toxic chemicals, stop using chemical cleaning solutions and avoid paint fumes. You can also use natural remedies for common ailments and tell your general practitioner that you’re pregnant to avoid x-rays and other questionable treatments.
It’s also important to stay away from (17):
- Androgens and testosterone derivatives, such as danazol
- Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as enalapril and captopril
- Coumarin derivatives, such as warfarin
- Folic acid antagonists, methotrexate, aminopterin
- Diethylstilbestrol (DES)
- Organic mercury
- Streptomycin and kanamycin
- Trimethadione (no longer available in the U.S.) and paramethadione
- Valproic acid
- Vitamin A and its derivatives, such as isotretinoin, etretinate, retinoids
- Fertilizers and pesticides
- Oral contraceptives
- Nail polish
21. Try a Pregnancy Massage
Getting a prenatal massage “can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health,” says the American Pregnancy Association (18).
A maternity massage can also increase blood and lymph flow, fight nerve pain, and reduce swelling. Just be sure to visit a certified massage therapist familiar with prenatal massage. She should not use any juniper, rosemary, and clary sage essential oils during the massage.
To stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, make sure to follow these pregnancy tips, go to all your doctor’s appointments, and listen to your body throughout. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially during your first trimester. Most of all, stay calm and relaxed as much as possible. It’ll all pay off once you have your newborn in your arms!