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.
Observe proper posture and movements
Avoid standing too long. Always balance your weight on both legs. It will be less tiring if you keep your legs slightly apart so that the pressure points are at the centre of your soles. Consult your doctor about wearing a cummerbund to prevent lower back pain especially when you reach the 20th week.
Try to poo regularly. Drink plenty of fluids and fibre-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables to facilitate digestion. You are now more prone to haemorrhoids because your pelvic veins now become swollen due to pressure as your womb grows. Use baby wipes or moistened tissues to gently clean the affected area after each passing motion.
Care for your nipples
After bathing, apply cooling cream or olive oil on your nipples especially if you plan to breastfeed. Massage your nipples and areolae gently for 5 minutes, twice a day. Make sure your fingers are clean. For a flat or inverted nipple, start everting it from the 17th week for a lower risk of miscarriage. Draw out the nipple gently and held it for some time once a day.