Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that can happen to you. There will be many people offering you advice and lots of information to read. This section offers you some brief advice about keeping well during pregnancy.
Eat Well: Eating healthily during your pregnancy will help your baby to grow and develop and keep you well during your pregnancy. There are certain nutrients you need to consume and foods you need to avoid these can be found in your ‘pregnancy book’, consult with your midwife or view the maternity services.
You may find you are hungrier than normal but you DON’T need to eat for two! Eat sensibly make sure you have your breakfast and avoiding snacking on foods that are high in sugar and fat. The NHS and nutrition for babies will provide you with more information.
Keeping Active: Staying active during pregnancy is good preparation for the hard work which lies ahead. Why exercise when it's hard enough just to get dressed because you're feeling exhausted? Well, believe it or not, a little bit of exercise such as walking can leave you feeling energised and perhaps a bit like your pre-pregnancy self.
If you are used to keeping fit, you may find it easier to adapt to pregnancy than someone who is inactive. Exercise improves muscle tone, strength, and endurance and will help you to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labour and birth and make getting back into shape after your baby is born easier.
Breastfeeding gives your baby/babies the best start in life. The Department of Health recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Breast milk is very different to formula milk, it is highly recommended because the milk that a baby receives when breastfeeding is more than just a food; it contains nutrients, enzymes, antibodies and other properties that help protect babies from infection and diseases. There are many breastfeeding welcome venues in North East Lincolnshire.
Stop Smoking: Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. Every cigarette you smoke in pregnancy harms your unborn baby. Stopping smoking will benefit both you and your baby immediately. Second-hand smoke also affect your unborn child more than 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital every year because of the effects of second-hand smoke.
It's never too late to stop smoking! Get help with quitting by calling NEL Stop Smoking Service on 0845 603 2166.
Seasonal Flu Jab: Pregnant women are advised to take the seasonal flu jab, whatever the stage of pregnancy. This includes pregnant women not in high-risk groups. This year's seasonal flu jab offers protection against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, as well as other strains of flu virus.
There is no evidence that inactivated vaccines, such as the seasonal flu vaccine, will cause any harm to pregnant women or their unborn baby. For More Information ask your midwife or GP. The NHS- advice for pregnant women and, NHS- vaccinations provide additional information.