The glowing report about pregnancy and birth that you might expect from a celebrity influencer might be the sort of thing that makes you smile and nod your head, but it’s also the sort of thing that could be construed as propaganda. Which is why it’s important to examine the evidence and find out what sorts of tips Reese Witherspoon’s been dropping on TV screens nationwide.
In this series, we’re going to take a look at the evidence behind the fashion icon’s tips for pregnancy and birth, as well as some of her more unconventional advice. Let’s start with some basics, because what could be more basic than eating healthy and regular meals during pregnancy?
Eat Healthy And Regular Meals
If there’s one thing that experts can agree upon it’s this: the better your nutrition during pregnancy, the healthier your baby will be. In fact, some studies have shown that malnutrition during pregnancy can lead to health problems in the baby. Some of these are serious, including cognitive impairment and physical problems. It’s also well known that good nutrition can boost your baby’s birth weight, which means fewer induced labor and quicker recovery afterwards. So it’s vital that you eat healthy and regular meals throughout your pregnancy.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to change what you’re already feeding your baby, but it does mean that you should try to eat healthier options when you can.
The American Institute of Stress advises that women should aim to reduce their stress levels as much as possible during pregnancy because of the potential risks. Some of these risks include premature labor, low birth weight, and increased risk of cesarean delivery. To that end, stress management is an important tool in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Exercise is also an important part of maintaining a healthy pregnancy, both physically and mentally. It can help with stress relief and increase your energy levels, meaning you’ll be able to get more done during the day. Keep your body active throughout your pregnancy, including participating in sports, if you can. Walking, swimming, and yoga are all great options for stretching your muscles and calming your mind. If you’re looking for a class, check out these pregnancy yoga classes that have been designed by yoga teachers specifically for women who are expecting.
On the subject of nutrition, it’s important to note that there are some foods that your doctor might advise you to avoid during pregnancy. These include raw and undercooked eggs, hot spices, and alcohol. So, if you’re taking any of these foods or drink into consideration, then adjust your nutrition accordingly.
Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
Ethanol or simply alcohol has many pharmacological properties and functions, one of which is to relax muscles. So it stands to reason that it would be helpful for your body and your mind during pregnancy. However, while inebriation can bring many positive feelings, it also results in lower productivity and increased irritability. Experts also advise that women who drink alcohol should do so cautiously, especially near the end of their pregnancy. Still, if you’re going to drink, then go for it! Have a glass of wine with dinner or a shot of whiskey to settle your nerves if you’re feeling blue. Just make sure that you’re aware of the risks that come with drinking and that you’re taking them into consideration.
Follow All Doctor’s Orders
If you’re worried about any particular symptom or feeling, then don’t fret. Your doctor is there to help and will be able to tell you what’s going on.
If you feel that you’re experiencing morning sickness, then that’s normal. Some women feel worse than others and some feel better, but morning sickness is something that all pregnant women experience. If it’s not for you, then there’s no need to worry about it. Ask your doctor about what’s causing it and whether it’s something you need to be concerned about.
Your doctor might also tell you to avoid going into certain situations or places because of the increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects. It’s easy to obey all of his orders when they’re simple and don’t conflict with each other, but when they do, it can be difficult to know what to do. If you do encounter any complications, then don’t hesitate to ask your doctor for help.
Get All The Support You Need
You might find that some friends and family members aren’t the most helpful during your pregnancy. They might not know what to say or do, which can make you feel a little more alone in your condition. If this is the case, then try to find people who will be supportive and who you can trust. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you feel comfortable telling your parents or your friends and family members about your pregnancy. If you do decide to tell them, then be prepared for the questions that they might ask. Your doctor might also have advice about what to tell them to avoid any uncomfortable situations.
Some women find that reading about or talking about their baby’s growth and development with other moms helps them to understand what’s going on. There are also support groups that you can join, both online and in person, where you can meet other pregnant women and share your experience. If you’re looking for an in-person group, then check out https://www.pregnancytriangle.com/ or contact your local chapter of NCTLA (National Coalition of Transforming Lives) for more information. If you’re interested in reading, then check out these amazing books that have been written by and for pregnant women.
Take Care Of Your Mental Health
It’s well known that pregnancy can be a very emotional time. Your hormones are all over the place and you might feel a range of different emotions, from excitement to nervousness and even fear. If you’re not careful, then these feelings can cause you to make bad decision, such as drinking alcohol or taking drugs. If you or your baby is at risk of complications because of your poor decision making, then you or your doctor might have to take you off of whatever it is that’s making you feel worse. This could mean that you need to change your medication or find another way to manage your mental health. It’s important to work with your doctor to find a plan that works best for both of you.
If you’re looking for a way to deal with your anxiety or depression, then try an online support group or find a support network in your area. There are also self-help books that you can read to educate yourself on how to overcome your anxieties. If you need help, then don’t be afraid to ask for it.
Watch What You Eat
There are many foods that are bad for pregnant women. They might contain ingredients that are harmful to the fetus or they could be high in calories. If you’re eating the wrong foods then it could cause you to gain weight quickly, which could put you at risk of complications. It’s also important to watch what you eat so that you have enough nutrients for your baby. Some examples are:
- Fried foods
- Red meats
- Processed meats
- Drinks with added sugar
- White bread
- Ice cream
The list above should give you enough to make healthy eating a priority throughout your pregnancy. Of course, there are many more foods that you need to avoid. If you want, then you can find a whole food, plant-based, vegan diet that will help ensure the health of both you and your baby. And remember: what your doctor advises you to avoid, your body doesn’t need. So, do what you can to follow all of his orders and eat what’s good for you and your baby.