General Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy
- Avoid alcohol and cigarettes.
- Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine affects the body's ability to absorb Vitamins
B and C, zinc, potassium and other minerals that you need during pregnancy.
- Increase your calcium intake to 1200 mg a day. Calcium is essential to help you
maintain strong bones during pregnancy.
- Take a folic acid supplement of 360 to 400 mcg each day. Folic acid helps prevent
- Try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to help reduce fluid retention.
- Eat plenty of raw vegetables to help ease constipation.
- Regular exercise can help prepare your body for childbirth - go walking or swimming,
or take a yoga or low-impact aerobics class. Exercise will also reduce your chances
of developing varicose veins.
- Plenty of garlic, either fresh or in tablet form, will also reduce the likelihood
of varicose veins.
- Ease backache by lying flat on your back, with your legs bent at the knees and supported
by a chair. Rest for at least 20 minutes. This will also help alleviate fluid retention.
- Drink raspberry leaf tea during your third trimester to prepare your uterus for
labour. Use one teaspoon of raspberry leaf in a cup of boiling water, and allow
to steep for 20 minutes. Raspberry leaf contains Vitamins A, C, B, G and E, as well
as calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
- During the last eight weeks of your pregnancy, massage jojoba oil into your perineum
daily to help prepare it for stretching during labour. This will help prevent or
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