Pregnancy is a time of joy, a time of new beginnings and a time of multiple excuses to sleep longer, work fewer hours and indulge in your favourite dessert more often. It is a time of transformation and adaption. With the joy of becoming a mother, a variety of health concerns follow suit, including that of your heart.Click data on maternal death rates in the US
For nine months, women tend to eat more under the assumption that they are eating for two people, and cut down on physical exercise to avoid further discomfort. Often, these habits result in maternal guilt and force new mothers into a tiring frenzy of post-birth dieting and training. However, it is of great importance that soon-to-be mothers take care of their heart health by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Forget about the idea of eating for two people, pregnant women only need to eat between 300 and 450 extra calories per day which equates to a single slice of whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Pregnancy places stress and strain on the heart as the volume of blood increases. As your heart works harder to pump 30 to 50 percent more blood through your body, the last challenge that your body needs to overcome is excessive weight gain. This is especially prudent for women who experience heart conditions which can be exacerbated during pregnancy. The remedy to weight gain also increases heart health, for both mom and baby. Here are a few tips on how to care for your heart during your pregnancy:
Eat to Nourish
When pregnant, forget about the notion that you’re ‘eating for two’. You are not doing your body, or your baby, any favours by loading up on deliciously decadent foods. Although it may seem like a good idea, excessive weight gain can lead to a variety of health issues during pregnancy. Avoid cardiovascular disease by eating food that will nourish you and your baby. Keep in mind the fact that pregnant women are only required to eat up to 450 additional calories per day. Although scrumptious, skip out on that extra helping of pudding and rather add a smaller meal to your daily schedule. Six small portions of balanced meals are all you need to keep your body energised. Not only will a healthy diet nourish your body, but your babies too. Ensure optimum health right out of the womb by following a nutrient-rich diet.
Take Care of Yourself
Don’t skip out on lunch with the girls. A good laugh and stimulating conversation will release endorphins which are beneficial for your wellbeing. Heart health is not merely about what you consume, it is also about feeling good. A positive outlook will ensure that you do not harbour any negative feelings. Indulge in a hair appointment, a massage or a manicure. Taking care of yourself during your pregnancy will ensure that you remain happy and comfortable.