How to take care of yourself during Pregnancy
Eat Low Mercury Fish
Don’t eat raw fish, alfalfa sprouts and unwashed vegetables as these can be areas of bacterial storage and getting a bacterial infection can be very damaging to a baby growing inside of you.
Drink safer water which means less chlorine and may require purchasing a filter such as Brita or a more expensive reverse osmosis machine.
Choose Better body products.
Look at the EWG Cosmeticsdatabase.com.
Avoid: triclosan, oxybenzone and essential oils as these can be teratogenic to a developing little one.
Wash all new clothes that are purchased as they often have a residue on them.
Resist Caffeine and Alcohol. Yes some cultures still have small amounts but babies have a longer half life in their body meaning that drugs like alcohol and caffeine stay longer in their system than ours, so be careful.
Avoid Painting and other chemical intensive jobs around the house.
Remove these foods or make sure they are organic:
- Bell Peppers
- Nectarines – Imported
- Blueberries – imported and domestic
- Raspberries – imported and domestic
(As a rule of thumb domestic produce is usually safer believe it or not, due to the more strict pesticide regulations. If you are getting produce from a foreign country many regulations don’t exist and they can still use products like DDT.)
Exercise Daily: Squats and lunges are helpful in preparing muscles for labor. Yoga is great for flexibility, which is helpful for reducing back pain and assisting with labor. Keep up walking daily, hills are even better as this can help with blood sugar.
Stop running around the 6th month this means around 24-25 weeks due to the laxity of joints women can be at risk for major damage in the joints. Some women have even had to have hip replacements after delivery due to damage done during pregnancy.
Start a Birth Plan and sign up for a birthing class. These can help with stress management as your due date gets closer preparing you for what is to come. Here are some favorite books and classes. (Avoid too much internet as it can overwhelm moms to be)
- Birthing from Within By Pam Engand
- What to expect when your Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
- Harmony Birth Classes, Campbell CA http://www.harmonybirth.com/
- Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Mayo Clinic
- Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp