Being pregnant is a thing of joy, most especially to first timers, the excitement is always on another level which make them fall prey to some common mistakes pregnant women make. Even if you know everything about right eating habits, exercise and other nuances of pregnancy there are still chances that you might fall prey to those common mistakes albeit unknowingly but don’t fret about things now, there is still time for you to rectify your mistakes and get back on track.
Below are some of the common mistakes expectant mothers make during pregnancy.
Eating for two: “Do you really think that a tiny fetus growing inside you would need those many daily calories to grow and develop? The answer is no, what your baby needs is the correct nutrition so if you have been eating your heart out all this while citing pregnancy as an excuse, check your diet immediately, have small balanced meals throughout the day and keep yourself hydrated and you are good to go”.
Lack of sleep: “If you thought that sacrificing on your sleep can help you get a work-life balance, know that pregnancy is no time to play superwoman, the hormonal and physical changes that happen within your body during pregnancy demand more rest and less sleep would in fact add to your pregnancy-fatigue”.
Not talking to your baby-bump: “Pregnancy can be stressful and leave you tired and exhausted, all this fatigue can take away attention from your baby bump — unless you experience your baby’s kick”. “Experts say that it is essential to bond with your baby-bump before you receive the actual reward, put a hand on your belly and while gently caressing it, talk to your baby, often and paying attention to your baby bump helps you bond with your baby and stimulates it’s senses too”.
Self medication: Did you know that you are supposed to refrain from using antacids, paracetamol or even acne creams once you are pregnant? Self medication can have adverse affect on your pregnancy and using over the counter medications, self medicating or undergoing harsh beauty treatments could lead to congenital abnormalities in your baby, remember you cannot self medicate at any cost during your pregnancy so only take pills that are prescribed by your doctor”.
Not exercising: If you are a ‘non-exerciser’ you will tend find excuses to sit back and relax, most women would say that their daily commute, taking the stairs in their office, residence building or doing the usual household chores constitutes enough exercises and help burn those extra calories but not exercising during pregnancy can harm your body like no other, exercise helps to combat stress hormones, boosts circulation, prepare the body for labour and delivery and help in fetal growth and development”.
Not joining an antenatal class: “Antenatal classes will give you all the information you might on pregnancy and childcare and prepare you, so pick up a class during your first trimester when things are still in the nascent stage, in this way, you will have a lot of time to learn and do the right things for you and your baby”