Being an expecting mother is undoubtedly one of the most exciting phases of a woman's life. But it also comes with its fair share of concerns, especially when it comes to your health and the health of your baby. One such condition that can cause complications during pregnancy is preeclampsia - a serious medical condition affecting around 5-8% of all pregnancies globally.
Preeclampsia occurs when high blood pressure and damage to organs occur in pregnant women who previously had normal blood pressure levels. This dangerous combination can lead to low birth weight or preterm delivery, among other complications.
But don't worry! We've got you covered. Here are some essential tips on how expecting mothers can prevent preeclampsia:
Stay Active & Exercise Regularly
Yes, we know being pregnant may result in limited physical activity due to morning sickness or fatigue, but staying active isn’t just good for you—it’s essential for maintaining overall fitness levels throughout pregnancy. By staying active and exercising regularly, up to six days per week (under proper physician guidance), inflammation throughout your body reduces sustained over time which in turn helps curb symptoms associated with preeclampsia as well!
You might want some ideas on how you can get moving during this delicate period well we’ve got’em: Brisk walking Swimming Yoga tailored for pregnant ladies Dancing sessions listening to upbeat pregnancy-oriented songs (this always works)
Seek Adequate Medical Care
Yay! Nothing beats regular prenatal visits with trained professionals experienced in managing pregnancies from conception through childbirth! Pre-existing conditions like chronic hypertension require attentive monitoring throughout the course of your pregnancy since they predispose moms-to-be towards developing preeclampsia.
Make sure that you undertake regular checks at recommended intervals set by obstetricians or gynecologists so that they can monitor you for any symptoms of preeclampsia or other possible health issues, conducting necessary tests and follow-ups.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
Eating well is crucial during pregnancy, beyond the known fact that it assists with fetal development; it also helps expecting mothers maintain proper blood pressure levels thus eliminating the risk of high blood pressure-related conditions such as preeclampsia.
Maintaining a balanced diet comprising healthy carbohydrates, lean protein sources and essential minerals like calcium (which is abundant in milk), iron and vitamins B6 via fruits, vegetables are an excellent way to stay on track!
We know veer away from cravings seems implausible but make sure you enjoy those ice creams only after incorporating them into your optimal nutrient intake plan!
Staying hydrated keeps both expectant moms ‘n’ babies nourished by allowing enhanced circulation of oxygen throughout all body parts. When pregnant women become dehydrated – attributed mostly to fluid depletion before/during labor - their kidneys reduce urine output leading to accumulated toxins which damage vital organs including placenta adding fuel to complications associated with hypertension or preeclampsia. Therefore, water intake should be increased daily under physician guidance in pregnant women experiencing expected mild dehydration following labor.
Make sure you are drinking at least eight glasses per day (not just water - moderate amounts of juice/milk-yummy)!
Get Adequate Rest & Sleep
Yes-to-yes! We know how taxing yet fulfilling prepping for your imminent arrival can be but resting adequately is something imperative as physiologically bodies require relaxation while facilitating baby's growth n functioning even our friendly physicians agree on this one!
Good quality sleep brings down heart rate besides exerting numerous positive benefits on physical wellbeing as muscles relax optimally reducing general exhaustion/strain brimmed up during busy days crafting nurseries/baby clothes shopping etcetera.
Sleeping around 7-9 hours every day may soon be worth it for you and your tiny one!
Monitor Blood Pressure Regularly
Regular monitoring of blood pressure is highly crucial to identify any symptoms of preeclampsia. It will also allow physicians to make an informed decision about the treatment and precautions that needs to be taken.
Make sure that you conduct frequent checkups if some signs are common culprits for developing hypertension/preeclampsia such as obesity, smoking habits or history with gestational diabetes/chronic hypertension.
## Don’t Smoke & Avoid Alcohol Consumption
Usage of tobacco releases poisonous carbon monoxide besides increasing heart rate leading eventually towards high blood pressures and enforcing lethal conditions like preeclampsia during pregnancy consequently determine smoking cessation plans in pregnant women significantly reduce risks fraught by their exposure unhealthy substances.
Avoid alcohol altogether because even small amounts have the potential to cause damage not just physical but mental too whilst infant growth inside momma's womb which only spices complications then on already sensitive pregnancy age period.
Despite our fun tone ladies (you might want your husbands reading this zesty piece) we cannot emphasize enough how important these practices are as they always often than not prevent making a baby journey overwhelming with continuous physician visits/hospital rounds!
So what’s stopping you from being happy mums-to-be? Get out there now, and let's nail down these tips together!