Pregnancy Awareness - Part 2

In your second trimester of pregnancy, you would still be focusing on the points mentioned in our previous post, but there are now a whole extra array of topics to think about too.

CLOTHING AND SHOES

Chances are good that you have been looking forward to sporting a baby bump – and the second trimester is your time to shine! Unfortunately this can come with a price – a hefty price – when shopping for maternity wear.

Chat to friends and family who have had babies as they may have a few previously loved items that they could pass your way. This way you can save your money for more important expenses like prams and car seats.

Shoes are a tricky subject in pregnancy as your feet may be swollen for a portion of the day but perfectly normal for the other part. If you are pregnant during summer, simply wear slip-slops or sport a barefoot look. No one will judge you – you’re pregnant after all.

If it is winter, avoid styles like boots which will only constrict you. Rather opt for styles like trainers or sneakers which will offer you comfort and support.

FOOD

You are doing a great job by taking your daily prenatal vitamins, but you still need to ensure that your meals are packed with the correct nutrients.

Focus on foods high in protein and fibre, but low in fat. Adding in extra fruits and vegetables will not only assist in your baby’s development but they will go a long way in assuring your hair, skin and nails look as healthy as possible.

Remember, this is the trimester where you should be eating roughly 350 calories more than usual, but they need to be healthy calories.

TEETH HEALTH

While teeth are not the first thing you think of during pregnancy, they are very important and often overlooked. You need to keep your teeth and gums healthy as poor dental hygiene and gum disease is linked to premature labour.

Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste as well as floss. If your diet is rich in Vitamin C, B12 and Calcium, there is more chance of your gums being in tip-top condition.

PRENATAL CLASSES

You may not feel as if a prenatal education class is top priority right now, but you will need to begin your research. These classes generally run for 4 to 6 weeks at a time and therefore you need to make sure you are opting for a class that finishes up a few weeks before your due date.

You and your partner can decide on the best type of class. You will be able to attend classes covering everything from pregnancy care, prenatal education, breastfeeding, infant CPR, basic first-aid, parenting, post-natal care, and more.

 

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Join us again next week for Pregnancy Awareness - Part 3

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