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Ever feel like you are at a loss without any clue of what to do? It is a pretty common thing to feel and go through when you are pregnant, especially for the first time. If you happen to have your mom or at least a mother figure with you during your pregnancy, you are indeed fortunate. But today we are looking at the mothers who need help figuring out how to provide pregnancy care for themselves, and by extension, their babies, throughout the pregnancy. This one’s for you guys!
Anything and everything you consume can be passed down to your baby. Yes, everything. Cells are most vulnerable to substances when they are actively dividing. That is exactly what an embryo does for many months in your belly, just the constant division of cells to form a baby. Substances like alcohol, tobacco, and nicotine must be strictly off-limits. Through the bloodstream and placenta, the baby absorbs nutrients for growth, and along with that, all the unhealthy a mother may consume. This includes second-hand smoke as well, which when inhaled, is more harmful than just smoking. And in case you are wondering, caffeine can be safe provided that your consumption is less than 200mg daily.
With pregnancy comes a substantial shift in your body condition, a change in required nutrition to sustain yourself, as well as the growing baby in you. The demand for energy of your body may significantly rise, as you now have 2 people to feed. Plus, a high amount of nutrients you consume actually go to the baby. It is recommended that you increase your consumption of proteins, folic acid, iron, and calcium during pregnancy. These nutrients help in different parts of your baby’s growth; protein for the baby’s vital organs, folic acid for the brain and spinal cord, iron for oxygen and blood, and finally calcium for bone’s growth.
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One crucial aspect of pregnancy is your physical, emotional, and mental comfort. Taking all of these into account, it is important to keep yourself pampered and prevent stress. Studies have shown that when mothers are constantly stressed out during pregnancy, it may lead to complications during birth. Stress can be caused by a variety of reasons, varying from changing hormones, negative events in life, and even to the discomforts experienced due to pregnancy. When dealing with life events, always face them in a positive manner and solve them as soon as possible instead of putting off and causing them to worsen. As for the stress hormones and physical discomforts, you should certainly consider getting treatments like a prenatal massage. Service providers like Post Natal Massage Singapore (PNSG) offer amazing traditional Southeast Asian prenatal and postnatal massages. Prenatal massages help pregnant mothers by reducing aches, pain, and stress while also improving blood flow.
And finally, there’s always something new you can learn from others who have walked the road of pregnancy before yourself. If there is no such person in your life, go out there and find them. Whether it is in real life or online, get to know these people who will be able to help and provide support for you in your pregnancy. After all, real human experiences almost certainly will be more relatable and helpful than a 2 minutes Google search and research would be to you.
To all mothers and future mothers out there, always remember that a happy you will affect your baby to be happy as well, and the same goes for comfort. Try out a prenatal massage and experience the comfortable pregnancy that every mother deserves!