Pregnancy is both an exciting and nerve-wracking period of a woman’s life, just as it may be for the father or any other loved ones involved in this journey with you. There are so many things to think about and so many changes you realize must be made to your life over the course of the next nine months. Of course, this isn’t the time to stress and worry. In fact, it’s time for the opposite; you need to be nurturing your body and mind so as to look after your unborn baby to the fullest of your ability. If you want to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, here are some tips to help you along your journey.

Consult a doctor

This should be the first thing that you tick off your ‘To Do’ list when you fall pregnant. It’s vitally important that you get all the support possible during your pregnancy, and that doesn’t just come from friends and family; physicians or other medical professionals will guide you in terms of dietary needs and any habits which should be avoided. You want to be avoiding stress and welcoming relaxation into your lifestyle. The right doctor will be able to tell you what will work and what won’t work with your current routine, but this is a chance to try new things, rather than mourn the loss of alcohol or caffeine.

Of course, it’s important that you take the medical aspect of your pregnancy seriously and ensure that you’re entirely happy with the doctor who’ll be there to support you for the next nine months. If there is sign of trouble or medical negligence, you’ll want to look into the options available in terms of necessary action. You’re dealing with something far more important than the usual check up you’d have with your GP, so it’s vital that you take some time to do your research and ensure that your doctor is helping you in every way they should be.

Keep on top of exercise

Believe it or not, though you should be relaxing to have the happiest and healthiest pregnancy possible, this doesn’t mean lazing around on your sofa and being waited on hand and foot. Much like everybody else, exercise is still just as important as sensible eating when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle during your pregnancy. Exercise can help you build your strength and endurance during a time in your life at which you definitely need those traits. Simply going for a brisk walk or joining a yoga class with like-minded mums could be a social and physical benefit to your routine. It’ll be good for you, on a mental level, to get out and try new things as well, so don’t fear exercise, even if you feel a little tired from it all.

Cut back on the bad things

Most importantly, you need to be cutting back on the bad things in your lifestyle. Alcohol, caffeine and smoking all need to be stopped. It’s advisable to avoid these things altogether, as it’s impossible to say whether a tiny amount is safe or not; experts advise simply not risking it. These things all have a bad effect on your body, which could have a bad effect on your baby. It’s better to be safe than sorry.