Posted on: December 1, 2016
Congratulations! You are ready to bring a beautiful new life into this world. Here are 12 exclusive tips from the Peterhouse team to ensure that you and your new baby have a healthy and happy pregnancy!
1.Get Early Prenatal Care 做好早期產前護理
Call your healthcare provider and arrange a visit. The doctor will screen you for certain conditions that could lead to complications. As always, let your healthcare provider know if you are on any medications or have any medical issues!
2.Watch What You Eat 關注飲食
Despite the fact that you’re eating for two people, you only need an extra 300 calories a day and plenty of protein (~70g). Another milestone that is extremely important to reach is your calcium intake, as it is a struggle for many women to meet the recommended daily dose (1000mg/day).
3.Take Prenatal Vitamins 攝入產前營養素
When pregnant, 2 nutrients are especially important; folic acid and iron. With a suitable level of these, the risk of natural birth defects are significantly lowered. You should be taking 400 micrograms of folic acid one month before becoming pregnant, and once your pregnancy is confirmed you can up the dosage to 600 micrograms.
4.Exercise Regularly 定期鍛煉身體
A good exercise programme can give you the strength and endurance you’ll need to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy. It will also make getting back into shape after the pregnancy a lot easier. Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. Just make sure you don’t get overheated or dehydrated!
5.Cut Back On Caffeine 減少咖啡因攝入
Women are advised to cut back caffeine to less than 200mg/day. This is a typical amount you could get from one 8-ounce cup of strong coffee. Caffeine makes it harder for your body to absorb iron (essential when pregnant), and increases the risk of miscarriage.
6.Eliminate Environmental Dangers 降低外部環境風險
Some jobs can be hazardous to you and your baby (due to chemicals/construction). Talk to your doctor about your daily routine so appropriate suggestions can be made.
7.See Your Dentist 看牙醫
Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can lead to gum disease, so see your dentist for a check-up and cleaning!
8.Take Care Of Your Emotional Health 維持健康情緒
If you’ve been feeling low for 2 weeks and nothing seems to lift your spirits, share your feelings with your healthcare professional. Remember it’s normal to feel stressed during pregnancy, and you and your partner should work through it together.
9.Listen to Music 多聽音樂
While there is no scientific evidence to suggest that “listening to music makes your baby smarter”, there certainly are some cases which raise a few eyebrows. Just make sure it ISN’T too LOUD (MAXIMUM volume of 65db, similar to background music at a shop)! For reference, a hair dryer operates at 60 – 95db! Keep your home stereo as LOW AS POSSIBLE to avoid inducing stress, irritation, and birth defects.
10.Make up 化妝
Phthalate chemicals are found in make-up, and interfere with the hormones of pregnant mothers and their children. Scientists in New York have found a link between phthalates and lower IQ scores in children. However, several other factors were not taken into account during the study, such as genetics and quality of life at home. But as always – it’s better to be safe than sorry! Avoid all make-up products to detox your body completely for your baby.
11.Beware of Hair Products! 注意護髮產品
Now that you’re pregnant – you may want to consider stopping any chemical treatment for your hair (dye, highlights, perms, etc.). While some doctors say you can continue after your first trimester, others recommend you stop completely for the duration of your pregnancy. Peterhouse recommends you avoid risk, and stop all chemical treatments completely!
These are Peterhouse’s top 11 tips for pregnant women, for more child health-related information, please visit www.peterhouse-preschool.com. Stay tuned for our upcoming health events with our new and official Strategic Health Partner, The Adventist Hospital! Like our Facebook (@peterhouse.hk) for more updates.