When expecting a child, all parents hope that their babies are born in the best health possible. While pregnant, a mother’s lifestyle choices can have major impacts on the development of the baby. You may be asking yourself “What am I doing that affects my babies development?” A better question is “What can I do to improve my babies health in the womb?” Today, I will be sharing ways to keep your baby healthy when expecting and how to even improve your child’s health.
Pregnancy Dieting and Nutrients
It is important to maintain a healthy diet while pregnant. Everything you eat becomes nutrients for the baby as well so it’s important to eat the right types of food. Foods that have a high percentage of calcium is important when developing a baby’s bones and teeth. Folic acid is important in your diet, as it has the ability to reduce the chances of a neural tube defect. You will also have to increase calorie intake since you are eating for 2. Most women need 340 extra calories a day and a little over 400 by the third trimester.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, children with moms who exercised throughout their pregnancy scored higher on an intelligence test than children with mothers who were stationary throughout pregnancy. When working out, it is common to secrete cortisol, which increases growth and development in the brain. It has also been proven that a baby can memorize sounds they hear by the third trimester. You can read out loud and help increase your babies language understanding by giving them a reoccurring sound every day. Unborn babies also love music, since it helps set off happy chemicals in their brain, which helps them stay content.
It is important to understand what your healthcare provider covers under pregnancy. You should talk to your agent; they can help you find the best coverage options for you. Giving birth is currently considered a special enrollment period (SEP), so if your health insurance won’t cover you, it might be time to switch plans. Do you have a doctor in your plan that is a pregnancy specialist? See who is in and out of your network to be able to receive the best advice and help throughout your pregnancy.
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