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Pregnancy Tips


Taking care of yourself during your pregnancy is of utmost importance. Your gynaecologist will give you general guidelines, but don't expect to be spoonfed. Here's what you need to know and do on your own.


Diet

Read up on what constitutes a good diet or speak with a nutritionist. Your doctor may not tell you to avoid eating outside, but if you have a sensitive stomach, use your own common sense and stay away from uncooked foods, salads, and avoid eating at places where the food is suspect. Don't eat outdoors in the summer when food gets spoiled easily. Be particular about eating a well-balanced meal and don't fill yourself up with empty calories.


Sleep

How should you sleep at night? Sleeping on your back when pregnant may harm your back, as the added weight sits straight on your spinal cord. It's best if you sleep on your side, preferably on your left side. This position also ensures optimal oxygen flow to your baby.


Alcohol

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol at this time. You may have heard or read at various places that wine is fairly safe during pregnancy. However, while the safety of downing a drink may be questionable, refusing it is unquestionably a safe bet. The choice is up to you. If you are craving for a drink, you may consider giving in and going for a small glass of red wine. But if the craving is not so strong and you can overcome it, consider opting for a juice! A cup of mild coffee a day is fine, but needless to say, a cup of juice is even better. The choice is yours.


Exercise

A short walk everyday will suffice. You don't need to gear up for the marathon, but keeping your leg muscles strong will help in the delivery process. Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise programme.


Read

Spend some time reading everyday. This will not guarantee that your baby will grow up with a love of literature, but reading is definitely a relaxing activity. In fact, it is a good idea for you to stay away from depressing books, and read something light and interesting. "I read a lot of very funny books and joke books when I was pregnant. With the result that I laughed a lot, and my baby too is constantly smiling and laughing. I don't know if it is the result of all the books I read, but I believe a happy pregnancy leads to a happy baby," says Sunayana. So if you enjoy reading, pick up some lighthearted books at this time. If not, surely a joke a day should be achievable! Pregnancy in general can be a very stressful time, and this is a great way to just let loose and laugh. The effects of heartfelt laughter are bound to impact a foetus positively.


Music

Listen to soothing music, and play the same music consistently at the same time. Continue when the baby is born, and watch your baby calm down as soon as you play the music!      

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Comment: 
Name: Usha Kathalewar
Country: India

good.please throw more light on diet details.
 
Name: Shalini Arya
Country: India

it is best way to get knowledge, thanks.
 
Name: SNEHA
Country: India

i read your own tips & i am very happy and i am secured best
 
Name: Sobha
Country: India

thanks for your great tips
 
Name: manisha
Country: India

its a good article i want article to be sended
 
Name: MANI SAINI
Country: India

thanks for tips
 
Name: Pallavi Marawar
Country: India

great knowledge about prenancy. thankyou for tips
 
Name: shakti
Country: India

thank u very much for tips,i am pregnant and wud surely buy jokes books...thanks again.
 
Name: sandhya
Country: India

i agree with this n i try to follow.
 
Name: swapna
Country: India

thanks but we need more tips.
 
Name: prathi
Country: India

thanks will do as per the tips
 
Name: mansi gupta
Country: India

good article, thanks for tips
 
Name: megha
Country: India

thanks for tips. please add some tips
 
Name: anita
Country: India

missed carriage happened to me last month in may 13th 2008. i woould like to know when i need to go for next pregnancy and how much gap needed for it? appreciate your feedback on this. thanks, anita,hyde rabad
 
Name: mamatharaj
Country: India

thanks for your tips. this tips is very useful to me.
 
Name: shruti
Country: India

this is good artical for pregenency. but missing index of what about sex we can do or not if yes than how?which position?
 
Name: shyamala reddy
Country: India

it is a very useful information for every pregnent women. pls give some more useful tips and give a good diet which have to follow during pregnency.
 
Name: Vidys
Country: India

good article but didnt menstioned about sex can we hav sex in first three months
 
Name: mahi
Country: India

its an good article
 
Name: Kusum Bhutani
Country: India

great information
 
Name: ANAND KATHALEWAR
Country: India

great. it is so informative &
 
Name: Payal Srivastava
Country: India

good article,it helps women to feel better.
 
Name: s.chithra
Country: India

i really very good tips
 
Name: kavita
Country: India

thanks for the tips
 
Name: S
Country: India

bad


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