5 lifestyle changes for healthy pregnancy

If you are planning to embrace motherhood anytime soon, making healthy lifestyle changes beforehand will not only improve your chances of conceiving but also ensure a smooth pregnancy.

Not just pregnancy, the period before it is also crucial to ensure smooth pregnancy. From managing certain health condition, eating a healthy diet to incorporating physical activity in your daily routine, here are things to remember while planning a pregnancy.

1.) Manage chronic conditions: Medical problems such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), diabetes, thyroid, high blood pressure need to be managed first.

2.) Take folic acid: One can start taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.

3.) Quit smoking and alcohol: Giving up smoking before planning a pregnancy is recommended by experts. Smoking can have a detrimental effect on your health and cause premature birth, low birth weight, miscarriage and breathing problems in the babies. One should also avoid alcohol to avoid any negative impact on health.

4.) Eat a balanced diet: Try to include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, pulses and lentils in the diet. Avoid pasta, pizza, noodles, burger, samosa, French fries, colas, desserts, candies, coffees, sodas and juices loaded with sugar. Do not overeat. Try to eat in the quantity recommended by the expert. Control your calorie consumption and maintain an optimum weight.

5.) Exercise: Exercise as per the doctor’s advice. You can walk, do aerobics, weight training, swimming or cycling. De-stress by doing yoga or meditation.

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