Pregnancy is a blissful time for both the parents, it’s an experience that virtually changes all the components of your life. Whether it’s your first or fifth you will see a world full of changes and experience some magical moments.

“It’s pivotal for a pregnant women to regularly pay visits to her treating doctor, to know her as well as the baby’s well being,” says Dr. Prateek Phaldesia, Batra Hospital, Delhi.

While it is normal to have fear and anxiety during pregnancy, you need to relax and take good care of yourself along with preparing your baby name list, as your about to hear your baby’s rapid heartbeat and see them!

Here we list down 5 things that you need to consider to improve your likelihood of having a normal delivery, healthy baby and an early post-delivery recovery.

Quick Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind:

5 Things to know, if you have been confirmed Pregnancy:

1. Diet:

Diet is the most important part of any pregnancy as you are not only nourishing your body but also of your baby’s. A pregnant women should consume at least six servings of enriched, whole-grain breads and cereals, five servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of low-fat milk or milk products and two servings of extra lean meat and fish. Completely avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and devour spicy food from your daily routine. During pregnancy, eat labour stimulating food items like pineapple, papaya and mangoes along with drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily.

“Pregnant women should include folic acid supplement and get their level 2 scan which is done in the second trimester to roll out any congenital abnormalities in foetus,” says Dr. Jasmine Kaur, Holy Family Hospital, Delhi.

2. Exercise:

A modest weight gain of 15-25 pounds is expected and is necessary for a healthy baby but this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to exercise. Physical activity is important for overall well-being, emotional health and preparation for labour along with delivery.

At least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week is required to decrease your chances of developing gestation diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, improve sleep cycle, along with bringing relief to pains of pregnancy including constipation, varicose veins, backaches, and exhaustion. Try walking for half an hour or practice low impact yoga asana to maintain a healthy lifestyle and increase your stamina.

3. Mental Health:

Music is magic, which has a calming effect and should be enjoyed during pregnancy, it is a phase meant for joy and not for worries. If you are in constant stress, your baby’s emotional health will be adversely affected by it.

You can always ask for suggestions from your family, mother and your partner, make sure to go out and enjoy a great time with friends, try new restaurants, different cuisines with your loved ones.

Keep yourself happy and contented to have a positive impact on your child while experiencing a relaxed pregnancy period. Enjoy every moment as you are about to start a special bond between you and your baby, stress can develop permanent defects in the child’s external organs and should be avoided at all costs, also it’s necessary to have the right kind of attitude which doesn’t harm you or your little one and makes it the best of all the experiences you had in your life.

4. Birth Plan:

A birth plan helps you to plan and control your delivery as well as labour. It is the outline of your preferences to make the experience of childbirth as comfortable for yourself as possible.

Usually a birth plan includes your basic information, the atmosphere in which you would like to deliver, labour preferences, decisions regarding pain management, medication you wish to use, considerations like whether you want epidural anesthesia before delivery or whether you would like a C-section or an episiotomy. These pointers are included along with a brief on how you would want the feeding and care in the hospital for you and your baby.

5. Prenatal Care:

An early and regular prenatal care is a must to have a healthy delivery and to avoid complications for both the mother and the new-born. This includes regular visits to your health care provider or family doctor. Depending on the stage of pregnancy the provider will ask you to give various blood tests, imaging tests and urine samples.

“It is very important to visit the treating doctor for Antenatal check-ups during the first trimester {first three months) and second trimester (4-6 months) of pregnancy,” says Dr. Prateek Phaldesia, Batra Hospital, Delhi.

You will have to frequently visit your doctor and indulge in discussions related to you and your baby’s health. You may even enroll for prenatal care classes where you will be educated about the diet, exercise and various other aspects related to pregnancy.