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Monday, March 5, 2012

Adopting Healthy Habits for Successful Delivery by Katie Moore

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The thought of delivery day is one that is welcomed with excitement and a few nerves. This day represents the culmination of months of waiting and preparation, as well as the beginning of a new bond between mother and child that will last a lifetime. There are tons of preparations to make for the big day and weeks thereafter, but the good news is most of the important preparations can begin much earlier.

Healthy Diet
Delivering a healthy baby is a direct result of a healthy mother. Prenatal vitamins and regular check-ups, as requested by the obstetrician or other health provider, are the backbone of preparing for delivery day, but there are other things to do and research as well. Keeping a well balanced diet and adding about 300 extra calories to your diet around the start of your second trimester are what is recommended during pregnancy.

Exercise for Pregnancy
Whether labor turns out to be a marathon or sprint, it can be beneficial to adopt a physical fitness routine as soon as possible. There are a few instances that will prohibit the suggested moderate-intensity aerobics, and this is why discussing any exercise regime you would like to pursue with your doctor is an important part before beginning it.

Those new to regular fitness should definitely seek instruction from exercise classes tailored to pregnancy. Whether it is yoga, dance or water aerobics, mom and baby will gain many short-term benefits. These include a reduction in fatigue, easing up of nausea and other digestive problems, and more relaxing sleep patterns.

Meditation offers numerous benefits to expectant mothers during their pregnancy and labor. Meditation is not a medicine, but rather a state of mind and many expectant mothers can find meditation to be calming and a helpful way to cope with any pain or nerves. There are classes that teach how to properly meditate during pregnancy and labor; the benefits of meditation will be lasting postnatal as well.

Pregnancy Classes
New mothers and even experienced mothers will benefit from attending classes geared toward the different stages of pregnancy. This is a great time to meet other moms and share information about resources and procedures. These classes are typically run by experts who are ready to answer all the questions or know where to find the answers. They teach about what to expect during labor and ways to help prepare you for delivery day. They also may offer explanations of circumcision or procedures like cord blood banking (click here for more information from Viacord), which allows a family to collect and store their baby’s umbilical cord blood at a private facility, as a potential future medical resource for the child or a sibling.

Having reliable information and being both physically and emotionally prepared are the best ways to reduce delivery day stress. Stress reduction is the key to a healthy delivery and a quick recovery!

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact her via twitter @moorekm26.