As soon as you find out that you are carrying a baby, the first thing that you must do is to get yourself enrolled for antenatal care. You can schedule an appointment with your general physician or you may also register online with the nearest maternity center.
Managing everythingright from the beginning,it will set you on a path to a healthy pregnancy.
However, in order to alleviate the pregnancy symptoms (อาการคนท้อง, which is the term in Thai), you need to manage your lifestyle with a lot of care and awareness. Here’s all that you need to do in order to ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
1. Correct Diet:
When you are expecting, the first change that you need to bring in your lifestyle is that of your diet. For the proper growth of the foetus, healthy diet sans sugar and saturated fat is required. You must consume plenty of colourful vegetables, fruits, multigrain and other iron and calcium-rich food items.
2. Proper Dosage of Vitamins:
Since your body is functioning for two, it tends to get deficient in calcium and folic acid; hence, you need to take these nutrients from outside to fill up the shortfall.
If we speak of food items, you can replenish the folic acid from spinach, kidney beans, broccoli and other green leafy vegetables. Similarly, milk products are enriched with ample dosage of calcium.
Apart from this, you can also take prenatal vitamin tablets, which cover all sorts of nutrients, which you might be missing out on. Do consult your GP before starting with the multivitamin tablets.
3. Stay Hydrated:
During pregnancy, the water requirement of your body increases manifold. Hence, make it a point to consume at-least 8 – 10 glasses of water every day without fail.
4. Food Items to be avoided:
When you are expecting, you must stay off from the food items like sushi, raw eggs, raw meats as well as unpasteurised milk. Also, do not consume fish because of the chances of mercury contamination.
5. Stay off Alcohol:
Hard drinks consumption is a big no during the pregnancy as well as during the lactating period. Alcohol can severely impact a baby’s mental health.
6. Do not Smoke:
Smoking is equally dangerous as it can lead to SIDS as well as miscarriage, premature births and all sorts of other complications.
In case of emergency or sudden and adverse changes in the pregnancy symptoms, consult your GP or the nearest maternity centre immediately for timely care.