Pregnancy can be an exciting time, and smooth sailing through the trimesters can make it all the more enjoyable for the mom-to-be. Of course, with any life-changing experience, especially one that involves hormone changes, weight fluctuations, and physical changes, comes stress.
The experts at Capital Women's Care Division 66, with Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda locations, are here to help you experience your best possible pregnancy so you feel great both mentally and physically. With a combination of at-home and in-office care, your nine months can be low stress and joyful.
While you need to consume more calories during pregnancy, you should avoid eating in excess and limit caffeine. Enjoy produce, whole grains, healthy fats and protein, and select foods high in folic acid and other nutrients. Couple your healthy eating with a prenatal vitamin, which can lower the risk of birth defects. Ask your provider at our Bowie, Greenbelt, or North Bethesda office to recommend a prenatal vitamin that fits your needs.
Pregnancy can leave you feeling fatigued, but it is important to maintain physical activity. Don't overexert yourself, and stick to a gentle routine rather than high impact activities. Stretching, yoga, walking, and swimming can be good choices.
Make sure to take time to relax during your day to keep your stress levels lower, and try to get at least eight hours of sleep at night.
Remember to drink plenty of water during the day, and cut out all alcoholic beverages, which can cause damage to the fetus and possibly result in fetal alcohol syndrome.
Regular prenatal appointments at our Bowie, Greenbelt, or North Bethesda offices are important for assuring the fetus is progressing properly and you are in good health. Your doctor will check your vitals, check your baby's heartbeat, and screen for any conditions that could complicate your pregnancy.
Call Capital Women's Care Division 66 for all your pregnancy care needs. Reach our Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda offices at 301-249-4090.