Morning Sickness:To combat morning sickness, eat smaller and frequent meals instead of eating like a glutton.
Constipation:Increase fluid intake. Eat more natural laxative foods like whole grains, dried fruits and fresh fruits, vegetable rich in fibre and juices which induce good bowel movements.
Backache: Usually a pregnat lady experiences this in the lower back and down the legs, which is a very common problem. To get rid of it, go for a relaxing back massage. You can also try back-strengthening exercises. But consult your doctor first.
Heartburn:Acid from the stomach can pass into the oesophagus leading to acidity. Eat smaller meals at regular intervals. See if your doctor wishes to prescribe an antacid.
Bleeding gums:Hormonal changes can lead to bleeding gums. Maintain dental hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and using dental floss.
Stretch marks:As the foetus grows bigger, you may start getting reddish lines on your stomach, hips and thighs. Apply a good cream or lotion. They help lighten the marks.
- Increase the intake of vitamins and minerals and calories (slightly) during your pregnancy. Stop taking junk food, as it has nothing but empty calories (calories with few or no nutrients).
- Almost everyone says that you need to eat for two. But actually the average woman does not need any extra calories for the first 6 months of pregnancy. Just make sure you have something whenever you are hungry.
- Increase your intake of nutrients. You should eat a balanced diet, comprising different food groups like carbohydrates, body-building proteins, and protective minerals and vitamins for immunity.
STAY AWAY FROM
- Raw or partially-cooked eggs, raw or under-cooked meat, unpasteurised milk and raw vegetables. Why? Because they carry harmful bacteria.
- Some varieties of fish, like shark, swordfish and mackerel. Why? Because they have a high level of mercury.
- Liver and liver products that may contain large amounts of retinol. Although retinol is a form of vitamin A, excessive amounts may be harmful for the baby’s development.
- Alcohol, as it can lead to physical disabilities and emotional problems in your baby.
- Smoking. Why ? Because studies have shown that nicotine can put your newborn at a higher risk of psychotic behaviour.
Caffeine. Studies have shown that consuming more than 300 mg of caffeine a day increases the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight for the new baby.