If you are pregnant or you are trying to conceive, there are several ways that you can prepare your body for the physical challenges of the last trimester of pregnancy as well as your delivery. Making these changes early on in your pregnancy or before you even get pregnant will help ensure that you and your baby are healthy and comfortable throughout the next nine months. Here are some simple steps to get you started on your preparation for motherhood .
When you are pregnant, you may need more than eight glasses of water a day to stay hydrated—particularly during the warmer months of summer. Hydration will help improve your circulation, reduce swelling in the lower body, ease indigestion, and prevent muscle cramps. If you have trouble drinking plain water, try adding a splash of fresh lemon or cucumber slices to your water to add flavor without additional calories, sugar, or caffeine.
Get Moderate Exercise
Exercise is not only safe during pregnancy, but is also encouraged for most pregnant women. If you are already physically active, you should be able to maintain your exercise routine with few changes. If you did not work out regularly before becoming pregnant, you should consult your doctor about the safest types of exercise for you.
Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule
You will want to get plenty of rest while you are pregnant , because the first few weeks with your newborn can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Sleep will also help prevent certain types of discomfort during pregnancy such as swelling and dizziness. To improve your nightly sleep, you may need to adjust your sleeping position, set a consistent bedtime each night, and create a more peaceful sleep environment in your bedroom.
With the care of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, you can stay healthy and active during your pregnancy and feel confident that your baby is getting the best medical care from the first moments of life. Explore the services of our Maternity Center—including our upcoming Childbirth Preparation Courses—by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 or visiting our website.