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 birth defects.
  • 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 reduce tearing.