The first pregnancy can bring a mix of joy and worry. But there are a few steps that can help you enjoy it right from the start, as well as bringing safety and health to both mommy and baby! It can be planned or unannounced. What is important is to understand that a new being is developing and needs care. This care must come from you and from people around you. It is good that more people get involved at this time and help throughout the gestation.
FIRST PREGNANCY: FIRST CARE
Remember: pregnancy is not a disease! Of course, your routine will change and some special care should be taken. Especially if your doctor gives you some warnings. But stay calm and do your homework normally, especially in the first trimester of pregnancy. Do not be alarmed at the first changes your mind and body will suffer. Your hormone production is changing and this is normal. Take these changes as positive. After all, your body is preparing to produce a new life, and that is wonderful! In this post we will give some information and indications about what you can do in the first weeks of pregnancy. Adapt this information to your reality and always ALWAYS seek the help and guidance of a medical specialist. You can also use home remedies for getting pregnant with tubes tied.
HEALTH BEFORE EVERYTHING
To make sure a baby is growing inside you, try to do some confirmatory tests. Do not rely only on pharmacy tests, which can even confirm pregnancy with a good margin of accuracy, but do not provide specific details about your health. You can request these exams for your gynecologist. They will confirm the pregnancy and you will have everything you need to do the prenatal follow up.
PRENATAL AND OBSTETRICIAN
If you do not have a health plan, it is recommended to have one. Although public health in Brazil is better than many countries, having prenatal care and a private obstetrician is ideal. Do some calculations, cut out some superfluous luxuries, and allow yourself to spend with a health plan. Ask for some tips with acquaintances, friends, or work staff (who may even have a business health plan). Inquire about special services involving pregnancy; find out which documents to submit and the grace period.
Feeding throughout your pregnancy is more important than you might think. Choosing the right foods is essential for the baby’s health. Each trimester requires a specific type of food, which will aid in the development of both of you. Ideally, you should seek specialized follow-up with a nutritionist or, if necessary, a numerologist – a doctor who specializes in nutrition that can, if necessary, prescribe medicine. This will feed you properly and in a balanced way. During pregnancy, the “Best quality rather than quantity” maxim is even more important. Forget the idea that you now “eat for two.” This causes you to eat a greater amount of food but which is often not the right choice for you. In all of the examples given here, seek to acquire the most natural food possible. Whether organic (know its origin and who produces it) or acquired in the market, the ideal is that the levels of pesticides, poisons and other toxins, are as low as possible, or even zero. Seek to cut to the most sweet foods, fried foods and other “empty” foods. In addition, some foods can be dangerous during pregnancy.
EAT IN MODERATION
Refined carbohydrates such as white rice, refined wheat flour (white) and crystal sugar. Avoid sweets and try to substitute pastas and breads for their full versions (and preferably homemade). Coffee, black tea and mate: caffeine is a powerful stimulant, but it should be ingested very sparingly during pregnancy. In addition, caffeine is also diuretic. Thus, moderate consumption can prevent many toilet trips! Fish at the top of the food chain, such as cacao, swordfish, shark and marlin, may contain dangerous levels of mercury. Fatter fish, such as tuna, mackerel, trout, should not be eaten more than twice a week for the same reason. In all of the examples given here, seek to acquire the most natural food possible. Whether organic (know its origin and who produces it) or acquired in the market, the ideal is that the levels of pesticides, poisons and other toxins, are as low as possible, or even zero. The foods that you already know that your body does not relate well, should continue to be avoided. Be moderate with salt when cooking. And do not leave food ready.
Meat (of any kind, including fish and seafood) raw. Fruits, vegetables and vegetables badly washed. Raw eggs and prepared foods based on raw eggs, such as mayonnaise, egg yolks, mousses, etc. White-skinned cheeses (eg brie and Camembert); cheeses with fungi (eg Gorgonzola and Roquefort). Avoid cheeses of the fresh type (or “mines”), as they are produced with unpasteurized milk and bring more risks of bacterial intoxication. Liver steak and kids (even well cooked): the overload of the cretin form of vitamin A can be harmful to the fetus. Alcohol: It should be cut off completely from your diet, both during pregnancy and during breastfeeding. Consumption of alcohol can cause serious problems in the baby, since alcohol passes through the placenta and also into the breast milk. In addition, their ingestion can affect the formation of the fetus, which can cause mental deficiencies, behavioral changes, long-term growth retardation.
Folic acid is a type of vitamin B very important for the development of fetuses, which is not produced by the body and needs to be ingested through food. It is important because it assists in the closure of the baby’s neural tube. Currently, refined flours and their derivatives are enriched with folic acid, but the ideal is their ingestion in the mode . It can be found in spinach, broccoli, kale, endive and asparagus. Or also in citrus fruits, like orange or also in banana. Meats provide folic acid but should be prepared with care, never fried or raw. Choose the grilled options. Also, try to prepare the food source of folic acid in the steam. Its preparation in high temperatures, with much water or even in the microwave, can destroy it.
Iron is another important element in pregnancy. It helps to prevent anemia, in addition to collaborating to avoid complications up there at the time of delivery. It is recommended that the iron intake be daily (at least 30 mg). It can be found in abundance in red meats and in various types of beans, lentils and dark leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. In the case of plant sources, iron is of a different type, more difficult to be absorbed. Therefore, it is recommended the joint intake of vitamin C, which helps in its absorption by the body. Fruit juices like bracero, orange and guava can provide the necessary vitamin C.
Protein directly assists in the formation of tissues and cells in the baby and the mother. Legumes and seeds are rich in proteins: beans, nuts, lentils, peas, chickpeas, nuts, milk and dairy products. Take care of foods like nuts and nuts and dairy products. They are good sources of protein, but they are many calories. Eat with balance. For mothers who already have a vegetarian or vegan diet, they should seek supplementation of vitamin B12, which is present only in animal proteins, and is essential for the blood formation of babies. The ideal, in the latter case, is to seek professional follow-up, so that there is correct supplementation for both the mother and the baby.
Important in the formation of baby’s teeth and bones, calcium is quite rich in nature, not just in milk and milk products. The various types of beans, broccoli, kale, mustard leaves, watercress, soybeans and their derivatives (like tofu) are great food choices that can be used as a source of calcium. Milk is the simplest and quickest way to ingest calcium. Three to four cups of milk already compliment the ideal intake of calcium per day (1000 mg). But due to the various reports of adulterated milk, the ideal is to know the origin of the milk and to prefer those of organic production.
Carbohydrates provide additional calories to the pregnant woman. Foods rich in carbohydrates are an important source of energy. An organism that does not have the required amount of carbohydrate will draw energy from the proteins and this is not recommended. Look for ingesting foods such as breads, pasta, potatoes, and rice. Look for whole foods that do not use flour or refined sugar. So, in addition to more complete nutritional properties, you will also be eating foods rich in fiber, which also aid in digestion and the proper functioning of the intestines.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Remember that from now on, you are responsible for this little being growing inside you. But do not be worried or scared. Focus your attention on your and your baby’s health. Trust and ask for help from loved ones around you. Family and friends are important right now and the intention is always to help. Choose people you trust most to be with you right now. And seek help, even when all seems well. The follow-up of an obstetrician during the entire period of gestation is essential for the healthy development of the baby and his health before, during and after pregnancy. Keep following the Dino Blog! We have several articles and materials that will help the mother’s life, either during pregnancy or during the education of the little ones!