Skip to main content

5 healthy pregnancy tips that every mom-to-be should follow

Having a healthy pregnancy can — at times — feel like an endless, uphill battle. Moms-to-be can feel pressure from all sides to take care of themselves and their unborn child, struggling to keep every important task, product, or exercise at the center of their focus. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, overstimulated, and flat-out nervous about childbirth – one of the most painful and equally beautiful times in a woman’s life. It’s because of this uncertainty that we bring you a quick, wide-ranging list of some of the most effective, practical, and honest tips for having a healthy pregnancy while also carrying precious cargo.

Ground Picture / Shutterstock

Pound the fluids

Keeping yourself hydrated on a good day can prove difficult for everyday people. Add in the extra weight from pregnancy and extra energy spent moving that weight around, and it becomes clear that expectant moms must stay hydrated for both them and their babies. Dehydration in pregnancy can begin affecting a mother rapidly if not addressed. When someone becomes dehydrated, the blood thickens, making it more difficult to pass through the circulatory system. This adds additional strain on the heart and lungs, forcing them to work overtime on both mother and child’s circulation. Overworked hearts and thickened blood could potentially lead to heart-related pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia. This high blood pressure-related issue can put both mom and baby at high risk for preterm labor, blood clots, seizures, liver damage, and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs).

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Give yourself healthy food options

Every mother across the globe can attest to and admit that they have eaten a less than healthy, craving-related food item at least once during their pregnancy. Feeling an unexplainable urge to eat Flaming Hot Cheetos sprinkled over chocolate ice cream, or pickled jalapeños dipped in peanut butter may sound like the best idea ever when it pops into a pregnant mom’s head at 11:30 at night. All that aside, pregnancy cravings can sometimes take an unhealthy turn in a short amount of time. If you find yourself craving and eating unhealthy foods at home, consider adding healthier options to your shopping cart during your next grocery store visit or possibly even consider substituting healthier ingredients while preparing a recipe or snack. We all love those crunchy and salt brined cucumbers during pregnancy, however, fresh-packed pickles often contain lower amounts of sodium and other preservatives that can sometimes have a negative effect on pregnant women.

Alena Popova / Shutterstock

Read up

To say that it’s important to educate yourself and read as many books, leaflets, newspapers, or pamphlets during your pregnancy is an understatement. And as paramount as it is to stay updated and informed about your progressing pregnancy, close to trumping that would be discussing your postpartum journey with your Ob-Gyn. So many women struggle in silence after bringing their precious babies into the world, not realizing that their suffering could have been prepared for and prevented. As many as 20% of pregnant women experience postpartum depression. Learning about, talking about, and recognizing the symptoms of postpartum depression could make all the difference in both you and your baby’s lives.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Stay loose and relaxed

Physical fitness really should be part of a pregnant mom’s daily routine. Staying loose and limber can benefit them not only during the first, second, and third trimesters of their pregnancies but could also be of great use to them in the labor and delivery room. Practicing or utilizing low-impact and low-risk exercise routines can aid pregnant moms in stretching and strengthening their hips, saddle muscles, and pelvic floor. Engaging the core while adding in yoga poses or Pilates can help prepare the womb, giving the baby more space in utero. Pelvic floor exercises that help stabilize that area can help prevent damage to the muscles and breech babies, among other benefits and damage control.

Make a birthing plan

When it comes to pregnancy, there’s no better time to be prepared. Fear of the unknown, the uncertainty, and the painful process of birth can oftentimes overwhelm you. Feeling anxious and out of control are normal emotions for expecting parents. In order to combat those overwhelming fears, nerves, or simple butterflies in your stomach, consider sitting down with your partner and support team and create a birthing plan. Having an idea in your mind of how your birth will unfold can help ease the fears and frustrations of uncertainty in the labor and delivery room. Prioritize wants and needs extremely clearly. Try to make it impossible for the nurses, aides, doctors, and medical/support staff that are involved in the birthing process to deviate from that plan unless absolutely necessary.

Being pregnant, while exceptionally beautiful in its natural state, can also be utterly exhausting. If you feel yourself beginning to become overwhelmed with the pressures of being the best mother possible, or fearful of what’s to come, try to get back to the basics of pregnancy care. Drink lots of fluids, stretch and perform simple, daily exercises, include healthy foods and snacks in your diet, and design the ideal birthing plan. Doing these things could be the difference between a healthy and not-so-healthy pregnancy.

Editors' Recommendations

Emily Pidgeon
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Emily's work has appeared in the Tube City Almanac, Tube City Online and our Affinity Sites. When she's not writing, she is…
8 natural remedies for nausea to ease morning sickness during pregnancy
Try these tricks for pregnancy nausea
Pregnant woman not feeling well

Although the road to parenthood is filled with exciting milestones morning sickness isn't one of them! Pregnancy nausea and morning sickness can certainly put a damper on an otherwise exciting time in one's life. Between a half to two-thirds of pregnant people will experience some form of morning sickness, typically during the first trimester.

While most women tend to overcome morning sickness by their second trimester, some live with it throughout the whole pregnancy. The good news is there are natural remedies for nausea and morning sickness that you can try at home to get some relief and hopefully, enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy. Here are some natural remedies for nausea and some tips for relieving morning sickness
Ginger

Read more
When do pregnancy cravings actually start? The answer may be surprising
Learn more about why you yearn for those crazy food combinations
Pregnant woman cooking with fruits and vegetables

What do little kids and pregnant women have in common? Some peculiar taste buds. Kids are an enigma when it comes to what they will (or won't) eat, but why do pregnant people crave the strangest things? It's either a dish that looks like something Buddy the Elf created, or it's foods they have never eaten before they were pregnant. So, when do pregnancy cravings start? If you haven't hit the crazy food-gorging stage yet, here's what you should know.
The pregnancy craving breakdown

We all have food cravings. We want something salty on certain days, and for others, we want a little sweet treat. But it seems like pregnant women want both, at the same time, mixed together, and then covered in chocolate. What's that about? When do these pregnancy cravings start, and what does that look like?

Read more
Baby registry must-haves: This is everything that should be on your list
Here's the ultimate list of what you need, so the only thing to worry about getting is sleep
Couple sitting in the nursery

From picking out a name to picking out a nursery theme, having a baby comes with a thousand decisions that need to be made before you even have to start raising a little human. From the moment you find out you are pregnant, the list of what you'll need to buy grows by the minute. But what do you need, and what can you skip? We have the baby registry must-haves, so you will have all the items you'll need when you welcome your newest family member.
The best places for your baby registry

Go big box or go online? No matter where you register, make sure you understand how the site or store works and check out perks like coupons for the rest of your wish list or free gifts for signing up.
Big box stores are always a good idea

Read more