Healthy Pregnancy Tips for Normal Delivery

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Every pregnant woman wants to deliver a healthy baby and there are many guides on how to make sure that this happens. Usually your doctor will begin giving advice from the moment you find out that you are pregnant and everyone around you will begin to chime in as well.

However, what are the items that you can rely on to be true and how do you know the difference between good advice and bad or outdated advice? Luckily, we have compiled these simple tips to help keep you healthy so that you can expect a normal and safe delivery process.

1. Diet

The first thing that you need to focus on is your diet. We all know how important it is for a pregnant woman to eat the right things and you should really adhere to this advice.
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Those who indulge too frequently in sugary snacks or foods that are bad for them have the tendency to gain too much weight and adding too much weight gives women a higher chance of needing a C-section instead of a normal delivery.

2. Go for a walk every day

It is also a good idea to go for a walk every day through your pregnancy. Research shows that walking for just 30 minutes per day can help a woman stay healthier throughout her pregnancy and make the labor and delivery processes go much smoother for her. Most women, unless there are complications, have found that this act alone can prevent a C-section from being necessary.

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3. Avoid standing in one spot for too long

Pregnant women should also avoid standing in one spot for too long. Not only will gravity pull your baby further down in your pelvis, blood will also begin to gather in your legs, which can make you dizzy and nauseous. It is extremely important for women who are in the latter stages of pregnancy to avoid standing for extended periods of time because it will add to the chances of needing a C-section.
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4. Do Yoga

Yoga is also a wonderful exercise to try while you are pregnant and one that will help you avoid a C-section. This will help you be more flexible and teach you how to relax and control your breathing; all items that you will need when it is time to give birth.

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However, you should be careful not to overdo it and stick with the exercises that you can do comfortably. It is also a good idea to talk it over with your doctor before signing up for yoga classes. In some locations you may even be able to find classes that are geared towards pregnant women.

5. Attend prenatal classes

Another way to help stay healthy in order to have a normal delivery is to learn more about the pregnancy process in general. One of the best ways to do this is by attending prenatal classes. Here, you will be able to learn everything you need to know about giving birth and helpful tips on how to handle your new baby.

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It is also a great way to get to know other pregnant women and share symptoms and cravings that you may be having. By learning more about what others are experiencing, you will be able to watch more closely for trouble signs or issues.

6. Drink lots of water

You should also make sure that you drink lots of water. This is crucial when trying to stay healthy for a normal delivery and it will also help with any constipation that you may be having.

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Due to the nutrients that pregnant women often add to their diets, constipation can be quite common, especially later on in your pregnancy. By drinking water, you can ease these symptoms and help your delivery stay normal.

7. Stay as active as your Doctor allows you

If you want to have a normal delivery, it is important that you take care of yourself. Stay as active as your doctor allows you to be and be sure to eat the right things while you are pregnant. You doctor should be able to provide you with a list of foods to avoid while you are pregnant and it is extremely important to take your prenatal vitamins daily.

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Staying healthy is an important part of any pregnant woman’s life, but for those who risk complications during their pregnancy it is even more important. During the next nine months your body will be going through many changes and you should listen to it so that you will know exactly what it needs. Having a normal delivery is possible and preferable, but you may have to work a little harder for it.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.

  • https://twitter.com/MaureenMuoneke Dr. Maureen Muoneke MD

    The right diet for pregnant women is so important for your baby. A healthy pregnancy really begins in your first trimester when you are developing habits and your baby is starting to form. During the first trimester your baby’s major body systems are formed. This means your baby is in need of the best possible nutrients.

    Dr. Maureen Muoneke MD