Step three: Your health and fitness during pregnancy can impact your birth!
It is never too late to make a change. Even small things... like one egg a day or 15 minutes of walking per day, can improve your health and the health of your unborn baby.
- You may lessen your chance of preterm labor by eating the proper amount of Omega3/DHA. "...when pregnant women who were at risk for preterm birth were given eggs enriched with an Omega-3 (DHA), the length of their pregnancies increased by an average of six days (Smuts et al., 2003)."
- Avoiding some food additives may lessen your risk of birth defects, diseases in yournewborn or even cancer. Here is a helpful article on the additives to avoid duringpregnancy. Start eating more fresh, homemade and/or organic food and save yourself the trouble of researching a bunch of chemical ingredients!
- Eating a balanced diet during pregnancy, which includes 80-100 grams of protein a day may reduce your risk of pre-eclampsia? Detailed information on the Brewer Diet can be found here.
- Practicing yoga during pregnancy may reduce your risk of preterm labor and pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) and may reduce your risk of having a low birth weight baby.
- Practicing yoga during pregnancy may shorten your labor and you may have higher levels of comfort during your labor!!! Hurray!
- Women who engage in moderate physical exercise (30 minutes per day) may have less depression during and after their pregnancy.
- Women who are under stress are at greater risk of preterm labor, of having a low birth weight baby or stillbirth.
- Stress (either prolonged or acute) may increase your risk of having children withneurological (autism, ADHD) or physical complications (asthma, allergies)
- Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke can increase your risk of stillbirth, low birth weight babies, preterm labor, SIDS, birth defects, placental abruption, placenta previa, etc.
- Thoroughly research and ask your care provider the risks/benefits of prescriptionmedication while pregnant. (Very little research has been conducted on the safety of their use during pregnancy.)
- Thoroughly research and ask your care provider the risks/benefits of herbs, dietary supplements and over the counter medication while pregnant. (Very little research has been conducted on the safety of their use during pregnancy.)
- I hope it goes without saying that you should avoid alcohol and all illegal substances or drugs while pregnant.
A little change now can make a big difference!