Pregnancy is a joyous time for all involved. The expectant mother is growing her baby and ensuring she is doing all the right things to keep her baby healthy, but with all the “can and can’t do’s” relating the what the mother should or shouldn’t eat, this joyous occasion can turn into a really stressful one. From pregnant women in Japan were told eating spicy food will make their baby bad-tempered, to Chinese women being told not to eat squid as it makes the womb sticky. There is a lot to consider when deciding whether you are providing your baby with the right nutrients it requires, but does it really need to be as stressful as some articles make us believe.
It is shocking to see a pregnant woman smoking during pregnancy. Many smokers believe that “It’s just a cigarette. What could be so bad?”. But we should keep in mind that smoking during pregnancy can cause a baby to be born too early and also cause low birth weight—making it more likely the baby will be sick and have to take care or hospitalize for longer.
Experts warned that smoking during pregnancy is extremely harmful to both mother and especially for children. Abnormal development, malformations, respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and asthma are just some of the negative effects smoking can have on the child of a smoker.
If you’re trying to get pregnant, just taken a positive pregnancy test, or you are a few months into your pregnancy, questions and concerns can arise at any time. We’ve compiled a guide of the top 28 pregnancy tips out there to address all of your potential questions and to help you have a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. In somewhat chronological order, here are the tips:
Tip 1: If you know you want to get pregnant soon, or if you’ve just found out, start taking a daily prenatal vitamin. At least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day has been shown to prevent certain brain and spinal cord birth defects. Prenatal vitamins are available over the counter at most drugstores. Take them with food to avoid feeling queasy, or try at night right before bed so you sleep through any discomfort.