One of the biggest days of your life is the day that you take a pregnancy test and it turns up positive. A variety of emotions may be felt: scared, excited, surprised, relieved. No matter how you feel, one thing is for sure: things will never be quite the same again!
Now, when you find out that you are actually pregnant and finally decided to tell people, the advice will start pouring in. Good intentions, yes, often poor outcomes, also yes. Pregnancy is a profound and life changing experience and so it is not surprising that people want to relive their experiences by sharing them with you, as well as wanting to be helpful. The problem is, a lot of this advice ends up not applying to you personally, or at the worst, is simply not true at all.
In order to combat this, we have put together a list of 10 things that you should do during pregnancy. The reason for this is that there are many resources and tools available at our disposal to ensure the best outcome for mummy, baby, and the family as a whole. Here we will discuss our top piece of advice for mum, for the baby, and for the family.
There are several things that a mother-to-be can do to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. At the top of the list, we put drinking water. Drinking water can be a hassle while pregnant. Walking to the kitchen can become a task in the 3rd trimester, as well as constant peeing. However, water is good for the pregnant mother (and baby of course), especially when it comes to preventing stretch marks.
Fetal development is an extraordinary process that requires extraordinary resources. This is where prenatal vitamins come into play. Often times our diets do not contain adequate amounts of vital nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. While a diet rich in whole foods is important, prenatal vitamins help to fill in the missing gaps.
Just as important as the new mummy taking care of herself and the baby, is the family focusing on staying together as a cohesive unit. During pregnancy, emotions and hormones run hot and arguments may happen more often than usual. This is compounded when the baby arrives. A happy relationship provides the foundation for a happy baby as well. This is why it is important to spend extra time with your partner during pregnancy, as time will be lacking once the baby arrives.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, scary, thrilling experience. There are many things you can do to ensure a happy and healthy family starting the day that your find out that you are pregnant. Here we have listed three suggestions that we found to be important. If you liked these, make sure to check out Dadi Precious, who specialises in pregnancy photography in Hong Kong, for the full list of 10 things you should do during pregnancy.
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