Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
Generally speaking, it is said that fresh, whole foods are a better choice than processed foods, and if presented with the option try for organic products too. The most beneficial foods of this kind are fruits and vegetables, such as berries and root plants. Try to avoid the common commercially grown foods, such as grapes, strawberries, cherries, peaches, apples, apricots, spinach, bell peppers, celery, green beans, cucumbers, and cantaloupe as these items are considered to be unusually high in pesticides and herbicides, which can have an adverse effect on the body during the stages of pregnancy. Your GP or physician will echo the warnings of not sticking to a balanced diet if you need a second opinion.
Alcohol and Tobacco During Pregnancy
You should already know of the dangers of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, even when not pregnant, and so the message remains clear when trying to conceive or during the pregnancy cycle that such toxins are no good for you or the baby. The majority of women will adhere to the warnings that alcohol and tobacco will cause problems during birth and for the health of your unborn child, however the addictive nature of such substances means it’s not easy to give them up straight away. Take advice on quitting months before you expect to be pregnant in order to wind down your intake of cigarettes or alcohol leading up to your pregnancy for a better chance of going smoke or drink free during the nine months before childbirth. Counseling and therapy groups are available should you need extra support from family and friends or going it alone cold turkey.
Taking Medication During Pregnancy
It’s incredibly important that you are aware of all potential implications that medicines you are currently taking can have on your health, and the unborn child’s development, during the nine months of pregnancy. This entails checking prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or herbal preparations that you may have been advised to use by a doctor or nurse. For long-term conditions, such as eczema or asthma, there’s no easy way to cut out medicinal treatments immediately as your body will be depending on the regular intake, so be advised to have a conversation with your doctor before you make any major change. It is possible to substitute safer medications during the pre-pregnancy and pregnancy periods, but again this is something to discuss with a registered medical professional.
Hopefully, the advice above will steer you towards healthier choices when trying to conceive and during the pregnancy period. More advice on staying healthy is available from www.rotundaivf.ie/