Healthy Living Guide for Moms-To-Be

Ensuring your nine months are smooth sailing

Congrats, you’re a mom to be! First thing, find a doctor with admitting privileges at your preferred hospital. Your family doc may fit the bill, otherwise, ask for a referral to an OB/GYN. They’ll give advice specific to you, but here are some basic tips that super-busy gals need to be reminded of.

• If you’re trying to get pregnant, take a daily .04 mg folic acid supplement, which helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida. Once pregnant, take a daily prenatal multi-vitamin to address any shortfalls between your increased needs for iron, calcium, Vitamin D and your real-life diet.

• Vitamins notwithstanding, start eating like a nutritionist. Buh-bye yo-yo dieting, hello eight daily servings of fruit ‘n veg, seven servings of grains, two servings of dairy and alternatives, and two of meat and alternatives. According to Health Canada, you’ll need an extra 100 calories per day during your first trimester, and 300 calories in the second and third. These should be healthy foods like fruit, yogurt, whole-wheat pancakes — not chips.

• Keep a notebook to jot down questions for your doc and bring it to each appointment. Discuss any medication you’re taking to make sure it’s safe to continue using them.

• Hit the gym, but move to low-impact workouts (swimming, say) or start prenatal fitness classes.

• Don’t go all Martha with round-the-clock nesting. Art-direct your man and let him paint the nursery and playroom. You rest up and read a book or take a nap.

• Get a solid eight or nine hours of sleep per night, and add a lunchtime catnap or après-work snooze if you want (trust me, you will — desperately).

• And the 24-hour party stops here, Mom. If you smoke, quit. Foodies should nix the raw-milk cheeses, sashimi and carpaccio. And if you drink, stop until you pop the champagne on D-Day.

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