Staying fit when you're pregnant is also good for your baby. It's a time when your body needs lots of healthy nutrients, minerals and vitamins - so plan your diet accordingly. You needn't miss out on physical exercise during pregnancy. Listen to your body. It tells you when you're overdoing it and need more rest and relaxation.
The people around you will be inundating you with well-intentioned advice from now on. Don't let it worry you. Pregnancy is the most natural thing in the world and nature has prepared for it well. Nevertheless, it's important for you and your growing baby that you adjust your lifestyle to the new situation.
A healthy diet and a sufficient supply of folic acid
What about eating during pregnancy? Make sure above all that you have a healthy and varied diet. Avoid raw meat and raw fish. You can eat as many vegetables and as much fruit as you like. It's important that you get enough iron, calcium, iodine and vitamin B12. You need to increase your intake of folic acid during pregnancy. This vitamin can be found mainly in a large number of vegetables, potatoes and fruit. It might be advisable to take a vitamin supplement containing folic acid. Talk to your doctor about it.
Exercise and relaxation
Moderate exercise does you good. Make sure you get a lot of exercise in the fresh air. Walking and swimming are ideal. Pilates or yoga are a good idea too. However, try to avoid sports involving a risk of falling or injury.
What you need now more than ever are peace and relaxation. Try to avoid unnecessary stress – also at work if you're employed – and calmly deal with the challenges everyday life presents.
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