Putting it all together!
Face your anxieties; and the way to get rid of them is seeking correct & rational information.
- Develop your healthy eating habits, with her. Eat enough veggies, fruits and protein; take iodized salt, ensure regular intake of iron-folic acid tablets. You will have alternative ways of taking iron if there are unbearable side-effects.
- Restrict caffeine intake. Restrict your alcohol intake! Stop smoking and eating junk food!
- The must-have nutrients are folic acid, iron, protein, calcium, vitamin D. Vitamin A is critical as well (found in dark green vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots and fish).
- Each time she has fever or illness, suspect a potential infection that must be immediately treated. However, prohibit her from taking any medication without the doctor’s prescription.
- Provide her ample opportunities to take rest. Taking rest in-between work/activity (i.e. sitting, lying down) is much needed.
- Morning sickness can be reduced by eating healthy; spacing apart the meals; refraining from over-eating or under-eating; staying hydrated and getting good rest. Lemon and/or ginger may help.
- Correct sleeping positions, spine-stretching exercises before sleep, or a full-body pillow can give her a good night’s sleep!
- Be patient, listening and co-operative with her changing moods. These are physiological and temporary. It’s a phase. Make her laugh and/or divert attention, whenever possible.
- Become a reminder for the battery of tests, which need to be conducted during pregnancy; plus the injections and/or tablets to be taken
- Routines will change after birth. Patience and training ‘makes’ a father. Watch out for any depressive symptoms in the mother, for the first six months after delivery
- Baby must be breastfed as soon as possible after delivery and exclusively breastfed for the first six months; should get all necessary vaccines on the first day. Ensure complete hygiene and warmth for the baby.