What you can do Before Birth
What can you do during pregnancy to give your baby the best possible start in life?
Before looking at how parents can enjoy interacting with their baby, the very first thing to pay attention to is Mom's health. Naturally, the physical environment of the womb - and the whole of the mother's body - is critical to a baby's growth and development.
Mom, now is the time to look after your health as never before. Here's how...
Get plenty of rest
Don't be surprised if your need for sleep increases exponentially, particularly during early pregnancy. Your body is after all building another person! Get as much rest as you can, and make the most of the chance to sleep well during the first two trimesters, as you may become physically uncomfortable - and therefore find it hard to sleep - during the third trimester.
For a healthy pregnancy, eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit. Eat fish, but avoid fish known to be high in mercury (such as shark, swordfish and marlin). Fish contains essential fatty acids, which are known to boost brain growth.
Avoid fast food, processed food, and foods high in sugar and saturated fats. This doesn't mean that ice cream and potato chips are off the menu (especially not if they're your favorite foods) - but make them an occasional indulgence. Not only is junk food bad for your baby, but piling on the pounds will only make it more challenging for you to continue exercising, as well as have a comfortable delivery and recovery (including shedding the pregnancy weight).