3 Things you can and can't (or shouldn't) do during pregnancy

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Getting pregnant is one of the biggest blessings in life. There are many things that couples or single people must do in order to get their lives ready for a baby. While pregnant, there are several things you can do, and several you can't do depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Things You Should Do

Exercise

One of the best things that anyone can do while being pregnant is to exercise. There are many physical and emotional benefits to exercise. There are many women that even will lift weights while they are pregnant. In order to get the baby weight off fast after the delivery, exercising before and after the birth are great ways to do this. It is not recommended to life extremely heavy weights or to lift weights above the head during the final trimester.

Meal Plan

Eating healthy is such a generic term that if it was included would probably just be skipped over. However, developing a weekly meal plan while pregnant is one of the best ways to eat healthy. It is important while pregnant to not just eat the same foods over and over again. For example, some cooked fish may be okay but should not be eaten every day due to different chemicals in the food. There are many other different types of foods that can have toxins in high concentrations, so starting a meal plan will help those that are pregnant to eat more healthy and limit bad foods.

Yoga

While a person is carrying their baby around in their stomach, the last thing many people want to do is get on the ground and stretch. However, there are many people that love to do yoga, and this is a good idea while pregnant. This article is a great example of different things that people can do while pregnant.

Things You Should Not Do

Smoke

This may seem obvious to many people, but smoking while pregnant is something that should never happen. There are still many people that do this, and it can be very bad for the baby both physically and mentally. While pregnant, you are responsible for not only your health but the health of your baby as well. At the end of the day, being a good parent means looking out for more people than just yourself.

Sushi

Sushi is one of the most common types of foods in many cultures, and is a big phenomenon in the United States. Although sushi is not bad for you, there is an added risk of eating raw fish while pregnant. Just to be on the safe side, sushi should be avoided while pregnant. If you simply cannot go 40 weeks without eating any sushi, choose options that eliminate any raw fish. This can still be risky though because it will be prepared from the same hand that touched raw fish. It is best just to avoid sushi all together, but there are some options if you just can not wait.

Stress Out

Overall, being pregnant is a wonderful experience that everyone should enjoy. Although these are guidelines on what to do and what not to do, everyone's pregnancy experience is going to be different. 3D and 4D scans are one of the best ways for a person to see their baby for the fist time. Many times, people feel the first real connection when they see the outline of their baby's face in a 3D or 4D form. This is also great for identifying other things in pregnancy that could otherwise not be seen.

Many times in pregnancy, people only concentrate on the physical part of their health. However, a person's mental health while pregnant is just as important. The most effective way to eliminate stress is through meditation, not only will it make you feel better, but it will also benefit your overall physical health. At the end of the day, mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated this way.

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