Finding out you’re pregnant can be bring about a whirlwind of emotions, one’s that can keep you up at night just thinking about the joys of parenting. Whether or not you are completely ready for the responsibilities and the new roles you and your partner will take on soon, it’s important to give your precious little one the best start in life.
Poor nutrition and exposure to harmful substances increase the risk of pregnancy problems. These same prenatal factors increase your newborn’s risk of future diseases, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.
Your Baby Will Be Affected By Your Lifestyle Choices
Take the opportunity of the 9 months that you have in your hand to nurture and help your baby develop to its full potential by avoiding things will harm and hinder your little one’s growth.
Alcohol: It’s a proven fact, that chronic alcohol abuse can lead to a fetal alcohol syndrome disorder. There is still a debate on whether “light drinking” is okay, while on the other hand, some experts believe that even one alcoholic beverage during a pregnancy can damage the health of a fetus.
Smoking: Studies have found that adults whose moms smoked are more likely to be obese and have triple the chance of developing diabetes. Smoking contributes to several fertility problems as well as being the cause of some pregnancy-related and newborn complications. Children who are born to moms who smoke are more prone to:
1. Be a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
2. Have the possibility of dying within the first year of life
3. Have increased risk of breathing and heart problems
4. Possibly born with low birth weight
5. Have colic
NOTE: You may want to quit smoking even before you try to conceive.
Drugs: When you find out that you’re pregnancy test is positive, talk to your healthcare provider about the over-the-counter meds you can take. There are chances that medication which a mom consume may have side effects on the fetus. Some of them are as follows:
1. Babies born to mom’s who took nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the first trimester had almost twice the rate of certain heart defects. (Common NSAIDs are ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen)
2. Known developmental problems are caused by street drugs.
3. Moms who took Paxil had babies with twice the rate of heart defects.
Food: Your food choices during pregnancy affect the physical and mental development of your child for years to come. So much so that, if you consume a lot of junk food, your child will be born with a taste for it. Here are some common problems that can be avoided from practicing a smart and healthy diet:
1. Not gaining enough weight during a pregnancy program your baby’s body to store food in a way that can lead to obesity.
2. Gaining too much weight can permanently alter your baby’s appetite regulation system and set the stage for obesity in childhood and beyond.
3. Consuming foods high in unhealthy fats and sugars ca make your baby more likely to have diabetes.
Toxic Chemicals: Toxic substances can enter your blood stream through your skin, when you breathe, eat or drink. Experts recommend pregnant women to avoid common household solvents like turpentine, indoor and outdoor pesticides, and hazardous cleaning supplies. The home environment affects your baby’s health before and beyond.
1. Prenatal exposure to household chemicals can increase the risk of your baby developing eczema and asthma.
2. Scientific evidence says the rise of chronic diseases like cancer, birth defects, autism and learning disabilities could be brought about by the chemicals in your home environment.
3. Old houses that have lead paint and lead in the plumbing can affect your baby’s brain development. Test your house for the same and have a professional remove it.
Stress: Learn to deal with stress, depression and anxiety effectively by joining prenatal yoga classes, exercise and experiment with new breathing techniques. According to a study1 maternal stress during pregnancy can put her baby at the risk of emotional, physical and behavioral problems during childhood. These risks could include preterm birth, ADHD, obesity and learning disabilities.
Make the necessary changes in your lifestyle to improve the health of your baby. There is no time better than now to start working on your health, which will in turn reward you with a healthy and happy baby in your arms.