Got Pregnancy Cravings? Here's How to Deal with Them

By Mommy Donna and Kib - May 15, 2015

When I was still pregnant with Kib, on the first trimester, I didn't know what to eat.  At a certain moment I like the food but after a few hours I don't like eating it anymore.  I always end up giving my baon to my co-teacher and would just buy at a karinderya near the school where I used to teach.  My mom got a little bit worried that I wasn't able to get much nutrition during my pregnancy; the lola is worried that her first apo will not be healthy inside my womb.

It is very true that pregnancy is a life-changing experience for most women.  The woman's body goes through many changes and apart from that, a woman may also experience discomfort, pain, and strange sensations a a new life grows in her womb.  Their delicate condition may also put them at risk for health issues and accidents.

Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines says that aside from having to share the mother's nutrients with the unborn child, a pregnant woman is also vulnerable to many health problems as they undergo physical and physiological changes.  While the health risks are unavoidable, women can make lifestyle changes to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

To ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy, expectant mothers are reminded to:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.  Pregnant women are advised to eat a lot of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and lean meat.  These foods are rich in calories and essential nutrients that keep them and their babies well-nourished.  To avoid food-borne diseases, food must be prepared properly.  commercialized food with lots of preservatives, undercooked meat and unpasteurized dairy products myst be avoided.
  • Manage food cravings.  Some pregnant women experience cravings for certain food as a result of the changes in their nutritional needs.  Fulfilling these cravings may help them get the necessary nourishment and ensure the normal development of their baby.  However, some expectant mothers experience a craving for non-food items, like clay and laundry detergent, which can be harmful to pregnancy.  Women who experience these are advised to seek help from medical experts.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Drinking eight (8) to ten (10) glasses of water everyday is essential for expectant mothers to stay hydrated and support the life inside their womb.  Water also helps them prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary tract and bladder infections, contractions, and premature or early labor.
  • Stay active.  Exercise prevents pain, discomfort and depression.  It also prepares their bodies for labor and delivery.  However, there are also advised to stop exercising when they are exhausted or feeling any pain.  It is also safer for them to consult a doctor first before starting a fitness routine.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.  Pregnant women are advised to wear maternity clothes, which are especially made to provide adequate comfort and support as they gain weight and their bellies grow.  When it comes to footwear, it is wise for them to temporarily ditch high heels and platform shoes for a pair of comfy flats or loafers that can ease pregnancy-related foot discomfort and keep them safe from falling and hurting themselves.  Wearing support stockings can also minimize foot and ankle swelling.
  • Stop smoking and drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.  Expectant mothers are strongly advised to quit smoking because of the harmful effects of nicotine to the developing fetus in their womb.  Likewise, exposure to the chemicals in coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages can slow down their baby's development and could sometimes result in miscarriage and preterm birth.
  • Get regular prenatal care visits.  Doctors recommend expectant mothers to get at least four prenatal care consultations throughout their pregnancy.  During these visits, their health and that of their babies are closely monitored.  They are also provided with essential vitamins and supplements for a healthy pregnancy.
Enjoy pregnancy!  Stay healthy and pretty all throughout!

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