There are more than 450,000 babies born every day in the world. In those hundreds of thousands of births and pregnancies, a very small percentage resulted in stillbirth or maternal death. The majority of causes can be prevented, especially if continuity of care (the same medical professional or group of people watching over you from pregnancy to delivery) is maintained.
HOW TO ENSURE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY
A healthy weight, regular exercise, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep are crucial for mums. These factors will help moms maintain the strength they need during pregnancy and labor.
Here are some of the thing's mums can do to stay strong and healthy during pregnancy include:
- Preventing foodborne illnesses by avoiding chilled foods, raw eggs and raw seafood (pregnancy may make you more susceptible to foodborne illnesses).
- Limiting the consumption of coffee, tea, and other caffeinated.
- Not drinking alcohol and smoking (also don't socialize with people who smoke)
- Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables; this also benefit for your baby to grow and develop while in the womb.
- By sleeping on your side during the third trimester, you reduce the risk of stillbirth as well as increasing blood flow and nutrients to your child.
- At least 30 minutes of sunlight and moderate exercise most days of the week (first talk to your doctor about safety).
- A mother who struggles to cope with her emotions and the large life transition should get help
OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS
A baby is a huge financial and emotional commitment. Below are a few tips to help you prepare:
- Make sure you are aware of your work contract's provisions regarding pregnancy and paid leave
- Find out which benefits you are entitled to from the government
- Expenses (blood tests, hospital charges, medical checkups) should be discussed with your partner. In addition, you should discuss the adjustments you might need to make in the coming months
Your health and your baby’s can be affected by financial problems and worries. Take notes about what bothers you and how you plan to deal with them. This will help you clarify the issues and possibly find an effective solution.
You should review your rights and talk to your employer or employees if you are concerned that pregnancy will affect your career or business. By doing this, they can prepare themselves as well, especially when it's time for your maternal leave. There will be no stress involved, and you will be able to concentrate on your pregnancy and the baby better.