Top Ten Healthy Prenatal Practices

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Scientists say that the Earth is overpopulated and that the amount of damage we are doing to the planet is close to irreversible. We are beings living on a planet with finite resources but reproducing at such a rate that there is absolutely no way to hope for sustainability.

With that in mind, it behooves those people who are going to bring new children into the world to bring in the best, healthiest, smartest beings possible. If the children are really our "future" then they need to be invested in.

Everyone has advice on parenting strategies but when it comes to caring for the embryo and fetus while still in the womb, the strategy rests squarely on the shoulders of science. Biology, while still a somewhat grey area for adults, is much more particular and objective on the unborn.

Below is a list of the best practices you can engage in before the child is born to give it the best possible chance at a healthy outcome.

The Top Ten

1 Take a prenatal vitamin

Of course you should do this under the direction of a medical professional but studies have shown that most women do not get all the nutrients their fetus needs through diet alone. Taking a prenatal vitamin can assure your baby develops appropriately.

2 Drink lots of fluids

Avoid caffeine and artificial coloring. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day to make sure the developing cells are hydrated.

3 Avoid Alcohol

This one should be easy to understand but not only does it dehydrate both the mother and fetus, but it can also cause a whole host of developmental disorders in the baby.

4 Stay away from all smoking

Don't smoke or be around second-hand smoke. The carcinogens and other chemicals can, and probably will, harm the child in the womb.

5 Exercise regularly

Not only is it good for your health but it reduces stress. Avoid anything too rigorous as you are more prone to overheating. Walk at least 15-20 minutes each day at a moderate pace. Do what your body will allow you to.

6 Get adequate sleep

AT LEAST 8 hours per night. Take naps during the day if necessary. Your body consumes less energy when at rest which means more can be given to the cells developing inside.

7 Stay away from medications

Unless directed to ingest prescription medications or even herbal remedies by your physician, avoid them all. While it might be good for your stomach ache, you never know what the reactions could be to a developing baby.

8 Wear comfortable, supportive shoes

It will reduce stress, prevent ankle and foot swelling, promote healthy exercise, and keep the blood flowing for your unborn.

9 Eat five or six meals per day

If you think you're hungry, just imagine how hungry the being growing inside you is. It is going to progress from a single-celled life form to a full being in right around 9 months. That's a lot of nutrients.

10 Get prenatal testing

There are a whole slew of ailments that can befall both the mother and the child. Getting tested regularly and at prescribed intervals can help to identify any deficiencies in the health or care of the fetus. Many situations can be averted or repaired if caught in time.

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