What to do with the last few weeks of pregnancy?
The last few days are a time to think about how you might best handle your life.
But with all the pressures of having a child, how much should you do?
Here are some suggestions on how to handle some of the more common concerns about pregnancy, and how to work through some of them yourself.
Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep.
A good night’s sleep is key to preventing pregnancy complications and also improving your mental and physical health.
“There’s a range of different options for how you can get the most from sleep,” says Dr Jennifer Pemberton, a consultant in pregnancy and family medicine at the Alfred Hospital.
But for the first few months, if you’re still getting a bit of a sleep deficit, the longer you sleep, the better you’ll get.” “
The longer you’ve been pregnant, the more of your circadian rhythm you’re going to need.
But for the first few months, if you’re still getting a bit of a sleep deficit, the longer you sleep, the better you’ll get.”
Dr Pemberling also advises against using a mattress that’s too big, and for those who don’t want to have to take their pillows out of the way when they’re in bed, or take them off when they fall asleep.
Getting enough sleep can help with digestion, but it’s also a good idea to get enough calories to keep you feeling full for several hours before you go to bed.
You can do this with some of your favourite breakfast foods.
For example, “chocolate chip cookies are good for digestion,” Dr Pembroke says.
“But if you’ve got to be out for a few hours at night, you can take a little bit of chocolate chip cookies with breakfast.”
Eat small meals regularly.
You may be worried that eating too much is going to make it harder to get the nutrients you need during pregnancy.
“Most of the nutrients that you need for a healthy pregnancy are stored in your fat cells, so it’s important to make sure that you’re not getting any of them from food,” Dr Sacks says.
In fact, Dr Pemsley says, eating more often than you usually do “is not good for your body.”
For example: “You may be getting a lot of nutrients that are stored on the outside of your body, but that’s not good when it comes to pregnancy.”
Dr Sack says it’s best to eat small meals each day “to ensure you’re replenishing the right nutrients”.
“And if you eat something like a chocolate chip cookie every morning, you’re eating the nutrients from the chocolate chip, rather than from your fat cell.”
Dr Pembrey says it can be important to be active on a regular basis, as it will help to support the baby.
“If you can do a few minutes of light exercise each day, you’ll likely get the necessary nutrients to maintain your weight and build muscle.
But if you don’t exercise at all, you may not be getting enough of the same nutrients,” she says.
For instance, Dr Semsley recommends doing some “moderate aerobic exercise” as a regular part of your routine, and she advises against “exercising on the weekends”.
For some women, “a combination of a regular exercise program, and a moderate diet and/or supplementing with vitamin D and other micronutrients”, such as calcium, will help them to maintain a normal weight and get adequate nutrients.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Dr Soutsons says it may be tempting to get too much of your own fluids, but if you do, “your baby is probably not going to want to drink any of it, so you need to give it a drink.”
Dr Prasad agrees: “A healthy pregnancy requires that you have enough fluids, which means you should drink lots of fluids.”
“And when you do drink too much, it can cause problems with your baby,” she adds.
For those who aren’t pregnant, there are also some other important tips to remember.
“For some people, if they’ve been drinking too much during pregnancy, it may have increased their risk of preterm delivery, so make sure you don.
drink lots,” Dr Prasmuth says.
There’s also the option of a “nutritional supplement”, such a zinc supplement, that can help reduce the risks of low blood pressure and hypertension.
Dr Prasher agrees: “[A zinc supplement] helps prevent the development of blood clots and heart attacks.”
Get a regular check-up.
If you’re concerned about your pregnancy symptoms, talk to your GP or midwife.
If your symptoms aren’t improving or if you still feel anxious about pregnancy or about your health, you should seek out your GP.
“You don’t have to be scared to get a check-ups,” Dr Mander says.
Get some help.