Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
It is perfectly normal for some pregnant mums to work throughout their pregnancy even up to their third trimester as long as they maintain a healthy work-life balance. Support from you and your family is very important for her at this stage. Here are a few tips for you:
Keep her safe from hazardous environments
What she eats and breathes have a great impact on your growing child especially at 3 to 8 weeks of her pregnancy when your baby's main organs have just begun to form. Exposure to toxic substances like benzene, mercury, lead, chlorine and carbon disulfide puts your child at grave risk during this crucial stage of development.
If you is mostly in front of the computer, be waryof electromagnetic radiation. You may use a radiation filter plate and attach it to her computer’s monitor. Also, keep all metal objects away from her computer as they can reflect the radiation.
Accompany her for regular prenatal check-ups
Always accompany your partner to prenatal check-ups. For accurate prenatal diagnosis,you may have her take liver and kidney tests, chest fluoroscopy and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) test. Get to know her day-to-day pregnancy conditions and learn what to expect with each stage.
Ensure she gets a well-balanced nutrition
Ask her what she had for lunch. Encourage her to eat healthy. Go the extra mile bypreparing her something delicious and nutritious forlunch. You can also give her milk specially formulated for pregnant mums for optimal nourishment.
Ensure she rests well before labour
Make sure your wife gets enough rest especially towards the end of her pregnancy when her body is working extra hard to accommodate your growing child. Strenuous jobs can put your child's health at risk and may lead to premature deliveries, high blood pressure and child’s low birth weight.
If your wife is working (at home or outside), encourage her to take time off during the late stages of pregnancy. During this time, your child is developing at a rapid rate so her body undergoes major physiological changes to prepare for childbirth. Her body can cope better with you on her side.Not only this, your child will also benefit from her healthy state of body and mind.
If she is stressed, help her unwind by running errands for her and taking on the household chores