So now you know you are pregnant! are you aware that for the next nine months and even after your child is born it is important you make some lifestyle changes to afford you and your unborn child a shot at living a healthy life? At The Audrey Pack (TAP) our main area of focus is eradicating mother and child mortality, and it begins from conception
Follow this to do list and you will be well on your way to a healthier mother and child.
Exercise regularly by keeping an active lifestyle before your baby is born, be sure to attend all your antenatal exercise classes, this will keep you body in top form and prepare it for the birthing process and life after delivery .You can opt to use the stairs in place of an elevator, do some brisk working and watch exercise videos specifically for pregnant women.
Cook your food properly, undercooked meat or fish contains parasites or bacteria which can be harmful to you and your unborn child, in cases causing miscarriage, still birth or even premature births.
Attend antenatal classes regularly; you will be able to glean proper and lifesaving information from experienced practitioners.
Ask questions, when in doubt about a new development in your body.
Take a rest, your body needs it now more than ever, don’t overwork yourself or put yourself at the risk of a health breakdown. Take the time out to enjoy a nap.
Take nutritional supplements as prescribed by a doctor.
Quit smoking, if you have never thought about giving it up, now would be a good time to do so. This is because cigarette contains chemicals which are toxic and once in the blood stream of a child cause oxygen deprivation which in turn leads to stillbirth, premature delivery and low birth weight. The long term effects on a child can be life threatening, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) babies whose mothers smoked while pregnant had a high risk of congenital heart defect, learning and behavioural disorders.
Do not self prescribe on medication, except it has been prescribed by a medical doctor, this not the time to experiment with new medication.
Do not consume any alcohol; the effects of alcohol on a child can be very damaging. Research has shown that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome which could lead to physical handicaps and a lifetime of special care.
Avoid using chemicals that may be harmful to your child , there’s a lot of back and forth about whether it is safe to relax your hair while pregnant , relaxers contain a harsh chemical substance called Sodium Hydroxide , while the debate is still on about its effects ,it is better to be safe than sorry .