Healthy eating is important for everyone, but it is particularly important as you are trying to grow a healthy baby.
What you eat and drink may impact on you and your baby’s health for a lifetime.
Make sure you are getting the nutrition you need by reading the ‘Healthy Eating for Pregnancy’ booklet from the Health Service Executive (HSE).
While you are pregnant it is important that you have enough iron. If you don’t have enough iron in your diet you can get anaemia or low levels of iron in your blood. If you are anaemic, you may feel tired, short of breath and have no energy. You can improve your levels of iron by eating foods high in iron every day as well as having a healthy diet. Eating a diet that has lots of iron rich foods, such as red meat, fortified breakfast cereals, eggs, green vegetables and beans
Most women gain between 12kg and 16kg in weight during pregnancy.
Much of the extra weight is due to your baby growing. However, putting on too much weight can affect your health in a negative way. Being overweight can increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby. It is important that you eat a healthy diet to reduce the risks in this pregnancy and in future pregnancies. Stay active every day by taking time for exercise...
Your emotional and mental wellbeing are also key to your healthy pregnancy.
From the moment you suspect or confirm that you are pregnant, things begin to change. Finding out you are pregnant is usually a very emotional experience - you are either delighted, terrified, or somewhere in between.
The more active and fit you are during your pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and putting on weight.
It will also help you to cope with labour and get back into shape after birth. If you feel tense after a day’s work, physical activity is a good way of relaxing and it will help you to sleep well.
The effects of alcohol on a person can vary from person to person.
Any alcohol going into a pregnant woman’s bloodstream also goes into her baby’s system. Research shows that when you are thinking of getting pregnant, during your pregnancy and while you are breastfeeding, the best advice is “no alcohol leads to no risk”.
Coping at Work
You may get very tired, particularly in the first and last weeks of your pregnancy. Try to use your lunch break to eat and rest. If you work with chemicals, lead or x-rays, or you are in a job with a lot of lifting, you may be risking your health and the health of your baby. If you have any specific concerns, please talk about them with your doctor, midwife or employer.
Parent education classes help to build self-confidence by encouraging
expectant parents to increase their own knowledge and to learn about the
many aspects of pregnancy.
Midwife specialists and physiotherapists provide
the classes. A dietitian and social worker give extra help and advice at the first
class, which is for mums-to-be only.
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