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Did you just recently discover that you are going to be a mum? Yaay! Congratulations.it is vital for you during pregnancy to follow a healthy lifestyle and eat well in order to help your baby develop and grow.This post is all about How to develop Healthy Lifestyle while you are pregnant.

Healthy Lifestyle During Pregnancy 

Now, questions like what lifestyle to follow during pregnancy and what not to may pop in your mind. You don’t need to go on a special diet or special precautions, but it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle every day to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby need.

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Appetite during pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body becomes more efficient and you feel more energetic. This is because your body is making better use of the energy you get from the food intake. However, your appetite is the best guide to how much food you need to eat. You may experience instability in your appetite throughout the pregnancy.

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For instance, during the first few weeks, your appetite may wither away due to nausea and sickness. 

While during the middle of your pregnancy, your appetite may increase or remain the same as before you were pregnant. And towards the need of your pregnancy, your appetite will probably increase.In case, you suffer from heartburn or a full feeling after eating you may try having small meals frequently. Thus, the best rule to remember is to eat when you are hungry. And have a good balance of food intake every day. You and your baby will be just fine!

Healthy Snacking during pregnancy

You may often find yourself hungry between meals and end up snacking. Try not to eat snacks that are high in fat or sugar(such as sweets, biscuits, crisps or chocolate) instead, choose something healthier.

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Following is a list of healthy snacks to choose from:

  • Sandwiches or Pitta bread filled with grated cheese, fish and salad
  • Vegetables such as carrot, celery or cucumber
  • Low fat or flavored yogurt 
  • Dry fruit such as dates, figs, and almonds
  • Vegetable and bean soups
  • Cereals or porridge with milk
  • Milk or Fruit Shakes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Baked beans 
  • Baked potato

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Water intake during pregnancy

Pregnancy or no pregnancy, water is a vital component of your Healthy Lifestyle. It helps transport nutrients from the food you intake to your baby. It helps prevent numerous health issues during pregnancy such as constipation, excessive swelling, and urinary tract or bladder infections. Moreover, drinking too little water can contribute to premature or early labour.

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According to The Institute of Medicine, around 10 cups (2.4 liters) of fluids a day is recommended during pregnancy. Fluids such as water, juices, coffee, tea, and soft drinks all contribute to the daily fluid count. Supplements

Women who eat healthfully every day can miss out on key nutrients too. That is where supplements come in; they help you fill the gaps. Following is a listed to supplements that are usually prescribed by every health care provider to pregnant women:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Folic Acid
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Potassium,
  • Zinc
  • Iodine

However, always consult your health care provider before taking any new vitamin or supplement during pregnancy.

Some useful tips

Pregnancy is a fun time that once gone is missed a lot by most women. However, the following are a set of tips that will help you during this time.

  • Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace. This will help reduce stress.But make sure you walk in cool, shaded area to prevent overheating.
  • Get adequate sleep to feel fresh and healthy.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.
  • Continue to wear a safety belt while riding in motor vehicles. And sit as far from the airbag as possible.
    Be Safe and enjoy your pregnancy!

Rainee Allen

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