10 Ways to Have a Healthier, Safe Pregnancy

  • By Birthing Your Way
  • 12 Jan, 2018

Get information on 10 frequently asked questions about how to have a healthier, safe pregnancy.

While it’s refreshing to be pampered while pregnant, it’s important to remember that a safe pregnancy isn’t a medical problem - it’s a stage of life. And since the rest of your life can’t be paused for those beautiful 40 or so weeks while your baby grows, it’s important to find the right balance to living your life while letting your pregnancy develop safely.

 

So…

Let’s Discuss 10 Ways to Have a Healthier, Safe Pregnancy

1. Assemble your Maternal Health Care Team and Schedule Prental Visits

First off, it’s important that you have your support team in place. Who will that include? Will you turn to a licensed midwife, an OB/GYN doctor, your spouse or partner, or someone else?

 And while we’d love you to choose our licensed midwife team approach, we’re here to share our years of knowledge and experience with every mom-to-be, not just those who have access to our birthing centers in Provo and Lehi.

 From there, be sure to schedule your prenatal visits. It’ll be a great chance to connect with your chosen team, to make sure it’s the perfect fit for you and your growing family.

2. Participate in Regular Exercise (unless instructed otherwise)

Unless you’re on strict bed rest or otherwise prohibited from exercising, it’s going to be safe and beneficial for your pregnancy! So go on walks or weightlift or do that triathlon with your besties.

 A good rule of thumb for pregnancy-related exercise is this: if you’ve been doing it, you can probably keep doing it. Just be aware of your body, get the rest you need, and don’t go crazy.

 All of this being said, be sure to keep your maternal health team in the loop. That way, you can get specific questions to your questions as they come up.

3. Use Proper Lifting Techniques

Let’s get real: it’s easy to forget those proper lifting techniques. But bending at the waist to pick up something heavy is not  safe anytime, let alone during pregnancy!

 So when you do lift heavy things, use those legs and knees to get you lower to the ground. Oh - and keep your back straight. Those back muscles are sure to be sore, so let’s save them any trouble we can.

4. Use Proper Sitting Technique - and Get Up Often!

Today’s lifestyle includes a lot of sitting. We sit at desks, we sit at home, and we need to change that! But while we’re sitting, we also need to sit right .

 Sit up straight. Arrange any keyboards so that your elbows stay at a comfortable 90 degrees. And adjust your monitors so that you’re looking straight ahead - and not down at a strange angle (hello, neck pain!).

 Then, be sure to put a box or a block under your desk to rest your feet on - that way, you can give your back and feet a rest.

 Finally, get up and move on a regular basis. Taking a walking or stretch break every hour or so will not only get your blood flowing, but it’ll keep your eyes from developing monitor-related strain.

5. Avoid Poisons like Pesticides

Poisons, like pesticides, are toxic not only to you, but also your growing and developing baby. Many pesticides are known to cause deformities. So avoid pesticides (and other teratogenic, or deformity-causing, agents).

 If your job requires you use these types of agents, be sure to talk to your managers and your health care team to see if other arrangements can be made during your pregnancy.

6. Minimize Exposure to Sicknesses

Another way to have a safer pregnancy is to minimize your exposure to illnesses. Colds, flus, and other diseases that are “no big deal” to a healthy adult can be a big deal to a pregnant woman. So don’t feel bad saying no to events or places where there’s potential for exposure to lots of nasty germs!

 Take care of you and that beautiful baby by staying healthy.

7. Don’t Touch that Cat Litter!

 If you’ve got a kitty, it’s time to hand the pooper-scooper to someone else until your bundle of joy has safely arrived.

 Cat feces are a known vector for a parasite that can transmit a serious blood infection called toxoplasmosis. In other words, handling cat poop can expose you and your baby to a harmful disease that causes issues and potentially deformities.

 In the event that nobody else can handle kitty litter duty, be careful. Use gloves and wash thoroughly afterwards.

 Don’t have a kitty but like to garden? Be aware that neighbor or feral cats may be using your garden as their litter box. Be prepared - use those gloves and wash after gardening !

8. Be Aware of Dietary Changes or Restrictions

Your body isn’t the only thing that changes during pregnancy; in many instances, your diet changes, too!

 This could be anything from avoiding deli meats to abstaining from sushi (due to a risk of parasites in uncooked fish) to a complete diet overhaul related to gestational diabetes.

 In any case, ask your midwife or physician. They’ll be able to answer your dietary questions.

9. Painting and Remodeling Do’s and Dont's While Pregnant

Is your nursery ready yet? If it isn’t, be aware of a few do’s and don'ts.

  • DO feel safe painting it, as long as you paint in a well-ventilated area.
  • DO feel safe painting as long as you feel well. Stop if you feel light-headed - and go somewhere better ventilated.
  • DON’T assist with any remodeling or paint removal, especially if your house is older or used lead-based paint.
  • DON’T assist with remodeling if your house used asbestos in any aspect of its construction.

 Beyond that, your midwife or doctor can answer more specific nursery-preparation questions!

10. Be Aware of Your Body and Changes in Pregnancy

Hello, obvious, right? You’re pregnant and your body is changing. And one of the most common changes is that, as your tummy expands, your muscles will be trying to compensate and hold in that bundle of joy.

 However, a common issue arises where your abdominal muscles can’t hold everything in or they split apart along a line between your belly button and your groin. This is called diastasis recti, and it’s not very fun. It can have complications like an increased risk of developing hernias or giving you that permanent “mommy tummy” after delivery.

 Thankfully, diastasis recti is, to a degree, preventable and treatable with the right exercise and therapy. It’s also important that you don’t do certain exercises while pregnant.

 Be sure to ask your midwife or doctor which exercises you should do, or avoid, while pregnant to minimize your chance of developing something like diastasis recti.

Pregnancy is a beautiful time - and when you know and follow these 10 things, it’ll be a healthier, safe pregnancy.

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