Caring for ourselves has never been an option. The secret to a happy life is a healthy one. So, if taking care of yourself has always been so important, it is now crucial and beyond urgent. You are pregnant and you cannot take your pregnancy for granted. Your every action is going to be accounted for. Whatever you do, you're doing for your baby too. So while you are here, allow us to tell you what you must and must not do during your pregnancy.
Rest well. Meditate too.
You are bringing a baby into the world and your hormones are raging and playing ping pong. You are feeling ecstatic, angry, thrilled, sad, annoyed, loving, grumpy, and fussily hungry 24x7. It is not easy to ignore the myriad of emotions you are feeling simultaneously. In fact, it is almost impossible. So then, try and catch up on little naps throughout the day, it will calm you down. Or better still, meditate.
Eat right, not more.
The one thing that most pregnant women (and the experienced elders advising them) get wrong is that YOU DO NOT NEED TO EAT FOR TWO. You just need to eat for an adult and a teensy-meensy little one growing inside of you. Consume all or most of the needed minerals from their natural sources instead of banking on supplements. Ensure your eating the right foods to gift yourself and your baby the adequate portions of protein, calcium, iron, and all other vital minerals.
Stay active (but don't forget to rest).
While it is important that you rest yourself well, it is equally important that you treat yourself with a healthily active pregnancy. The keyword here is "healthily active". DO NOT hit the gym for a super cardio session, lift weights, or even go on marathons or sprinting sprees. But, keep moving in and around your home and workplace, indulge in light aerobics and yoga postures, do your chores yourself (cooking, partial cleaning, drying and folding clothes, etc.). If you choose to remain inactive, you'll become unhealthy as well.
Everything (or at least most of what) you read is going to help you. So, read! Not just everything online, but also physical books. Read about what biology has got to say about pregnancy. Read about what mums have got to say about the rights and wrongs during pregnancy. Read about baby care. Read about a woman's postnatal care. Read about dada-baby relationship just as much as you read about mama-baby relationship. Read!!
Most of all, relax. Take a chill pill. You're going through a priceless phase. Cherish it.