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Getting sick is never awesome. Getting sick while pregnant is even worse. You stress more and become paranoid because it’s not just you anymore–there’s another life in the picture. You don’t want to do anything that could possibly affect your baby in your womb.
Unfortunately, pregnant women are more prone to illnesses because their immune system is somewhat suppressed until the baby comes out. That’s because a baby in the womb is still considered a “foreign body,” and your defense mechanisms are working extra hard so as not to see it as a threat and release antibodies to expel it.
That said, you can’t live in a bubble for the whole nine months. Even in our own homes, bacteria and viruses can invade. “An ounce of prevention is better than cure,” but for a pregnant lady, this saying is twice more important. So what would a pregnant girl need to do to not get sick?
Do not eat for two eat healthy. It’s the first thing you need to do the moment you find out you’re pregnant. Your meals should have the right balance of nutrients you and your baby needs. This also means choosing healthier drinks (water is always the best!), having frequent small snacks, and bringing your sugar intake down a notch, to name a few.
2. Take your vitamins and supplements
If your doctor prescribes you prenatal vitamins, then take them as you are told. Your doctor’s advice is non-negotiable at this point; he has you and your baby’s health on top of the priority list. Think of it as bricks on the wall of defenses your body is building up to fend off the viruses you might encounter daily.
3. Get lots of sleep
because sleep is also crucial to your body, what with the demands of pregnancy taking a toll on your body primarily. You need at least eight hours of sleep or so to keep headaches, nausea, back pains, etc. at bay.
Yes, you already heard this from all your parent friends (because you won’t have time to sleep when the baby arrives). Heed their advice
You’re pregnant, not an invalid, so as much as you can, and as much as your body can handle, exercise. Check with your doctor before you do any strenuous activity. Low-impact exercises such as yoga or Pilates, swimming, and walking are great and beneficial for expecting moms. You’re likely to have fewer aches and pains and will have more energy to face the pregnancy challenges ahead.
5. Don’t stress
That may be probably easier said than done, but you have to—it’s for your baby! Your stress levels can directly and indirectly affect your health, so keep it low. You are nurturing a life inside you, so take it easy once in a while. Listen to your body and take a breather when you feel exhausted. Remember to stock up on the positive and happy vibes.