During your pregnancy, a lot of your focus will be on doing things that are good for your baby. Part of doing the right thing for your baby should be taking care of yourself. While there’s a lot to get done before the baby comes, you need to focus on your health and wellbeing. These tips for pregnancy self-care can help you prioritize your health and wellness for the benefit of you and your baby.
1. Follow Your Care Provider’s Instructions
The first tip for pregnancy self-care we want to share is to listen to the advice of your prenatal care provider. After all, you chose someone who you trust with the health of you and your child, so take their recommendations seriously and follow guidelines they give you on exercise, nutrition, and general wellness. Always attend your scheduled prenatal visits and talk to your provider if you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy. They are a great resource you should take advantage of during this time.
2. Eat Well
Another important tip for practicing pregnancy self-care is to eat well. Eating a diet consisting of nutritious foods has a long list of benefits. Firstly, you will be giving your baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop. You’ll also feel better when you eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. Make sure you are following your doctor’s dietary recommendations, especially if you are at risk for complications like preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
3. Stay Active
Staying active is a key part of pregnancy self-care. It should be a part of your self-care routine whether or not you’re pregnant, but it can be extremely beneficial for managing certain symptoms associated with pregnancy. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Exercise can help with things like weight management, but it can also combat fatigue and help you sleep better. Just make sure you talk to your doctor before you start a pregnancy workout routine, especially if you were not very active before you got pregnant.
4. Get Some Rest
Getting plenty of rest is a key part of pregnancy self-care. Many pregnant women experience fatigue during pregnancy that makes them feel rundown. However, pregnancy can also make it difficult to get enough sleep. If you can, try to schedule naps during your day to get more sleep and restore your energy. Exercise may help you fall asleep more easily as long as it isn’t done too close to bedtime. Practice good sleep hygiene and make sure you get to bed early enough that you can get 7-9 hours of sleep before you need to get up.
5. Check-In With Your Partner
If you have a partner that is going to be co-parenting with you, make sure to check in with them often. You may be the pregnant one, but they will also have feelings, thoughts, and concerns about the child that’s on the way. You and your partner can act as a support system for one another, a habit that will serve you well when you have a new baby to care for.
6. Start Making Preparations for Baby
If you’re someone who likes having things organized and planned, this pregnancy self-care tip is for you. While you can’t know what is going to happen throughout your pregnancy (or during life in general), putting together lists of things you need to get done before the baby arrives can help you feel like you’re in control, which can reduce anxiety. Just make sure the list is manageable and realistic and don’t stress on getting every item checked off. Focus on the most important things first.
7. Record Your Feelings
Many women find that writing their feelings down in a journal is helpful for managing stress and emotions. It also makes a great keepsake to hold onto. You can look back and read about how you were feeling during this exciting time in your life. Keeping a journal or jotting down notes can help you track any symptoms like morning sickness or fatigue so you can share your concerns with your doctor.
The Certified Nurse-Midwives of City of Oaks Midwifery provide comprehensive and holistic care to their patients in the Raliegh, NC area. Call (919) 351-8253 to schedule an appointment or to find out more about our prenatal group care with our Circle of Life and Learning program.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still seeing OB patients for regular appointments and GYN patients for appointments addressing urgent needs. For now, routine in-office gynecological appointments have been put on hold. However, we are offering telemedicine visits for problems that do not require a visit to the office.
We ask that any patient with upper respiratory symptoms call our office for directions rather than coming in. We do not currently have testing capabilities and need to limit possible exposure to other patients.