Habits You Need To Give Up During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of many changes in a woman’s life. In fact, being pregnant is usually one of the biggest and most important times in a woman’s life. It is a time of growth, change and reflection, but it can also be a time of stress and worry as well. Pregnancy can be a time where some women develop bad habits due to all of the stress they are under. Pregnancy can also be a perfect time for women to drop bad habits they might have picked up in their lives prior to getting pregnant. Read on for some of the bad habits that are most important to be dropped when you aer pregnant.
Smoking is a horrible habit for a lot of different reasons, but it is especially bad if you are a pregnant woman. Smoking can not only make it harder to get pregnant if you are already trying to conceive, but it can make your pregnancy much harder if you smoke while pregnant. Smoking while pregnant can cause serious birth defects, and can cause problems for women during their pregnancy too. Not to mention all of the other horrible health effects that cigarettes can cause as well. If you are a smoker, definitely try your best to give up the habit before getting pregnant, or as soon as you can after getting pregnant. It’s the best thing for you and your baby.
We all know that drinking while pregnant can be detrimental to a pregnancy, so if you are pregnant, it is for the best that you put the booze on the back burner while you have a bun in the oven. Alcohol during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome which can be very dangerous for an unborn baby. Drinking while trying to conceive can also prove detrimental for a woman in her childbearing years, as it can damage her eggs and make it so much harder to get pregnant.
Unhealthy Eating Habits
Come on, we all love a big greasy burger or a pizza every once in awhile, and who doesn’t like a big chocolate bar while we relax on the couch? However, unhealthy eating habits can really do a number on a woman during pregnancy. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can lead to stretch marks, and lots of other health issues during pregnancy like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can also make it much more difficult for a woman to lose her baby weight after pregnancy. Try to opt for healthy choices such as whole foods, fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, etc. Think about your future when you are snacking, as what you put into your body is really important during pregnancy and otherwise.
Although exercising during your pregnancy is probably the last thing that you feel like doing, you really should make it a point to get out and about and be active throughout the duration of your pregnancy. Getting enough physical activity during your pregnancy will help you to have more exercise, gain the right amount of weight, and can also help you to have an easier labor and delivery. You don’t have to hit the gym super hard either, just a brisk walk every day should be enough to keep you in decent shape during your pregnancy.
Oh the dreaded “S” word. The truth of the matter is, we all have stress, every day, day in and day out. Some of us just handle it better than others, that’s all. Stress is a given for all of us, but stress can really take a big toll on a pregnant woman. Not to mention the fact that a pregnant woman has lots of stressors on her plate as it is. Try to manage your stress as best you can, talk to a trusted friend or family member, get plenty of sleep and exercise, and try to balance your life in the best way possible.
While overthinking and stress are not technically the same thing, the two often go hand in hand. It’s really common for us, as women, to overthink many, if not all, of the decisions and choices that come our way. Pregnant women and their hormones can take overthinking a little bit too far, and can worry and over analyze every snippet of their lives. Try your best to enjoy your pregnancy, and not to worry too much about the future, or even the present. A “take it as it comes” attitude is the best way to approach the challenges and ups and downs of pregnancy, so keep this in mind while you are navigating the nine most important months of your life!