Pregnancy: day-to-day tips
Hey Chomas, the first few months of pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride of note!
During this stage, your body is adjusting to the hormonal changes and this can show itself in different ways. Some people get pimples, others get darker or lighter in complexion. Some people are always sleeping.
We all respond differently. I had severe morning sickness. I was always puking and as a result I was nicknamed the “Vomit Comet”! I found that drinking ginger beer helped me. Find what works for you. Sometimes you may even lose your appetite just because of the smell of a certain foodstuff. All of this is part of the journey and if the symptoms are unbearable go to your doctor or to the clinic for a check-up. Do not take any over-the-counter medication or herbal remedies because these could harm baby.
If you are still at school, and you have already informed your parents or caregivers that you are pregnant, you may want them to let the school authorities know. This is so that they can be more understanding if you cannot take part in sport, or if you need to go to the clinic for your check-ups.
What about your diet? Try to eat a varied diet which includes fruit, vegetables and water. Make sure you cut down on junk food and processed foods, and obviously you need to stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and recreational drugs. You must also make sure that you take your pregnancy supplements from the doctor or clinic. What about clothes? Practicality counts above all else! You do not have to get a whole new wardrobe. Invest in a few pieces that will accommodate your growing baby bump and then get some maternity wear towards the end of your pregnancy. This is what I did and it worked well.
The last point is around managing stress levels. Life does not always turn out the way that we want it to. You may not be happy about your situation but you have the choice to embrace it and be positive or to wallow in self-pity. I say embrace it! Stay positive! Surround yourself with people that will not judge you and enjoy the journey. All we want is a healthy baby and healthy babies come from healthy mothers.
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