Chemist Direct helps expectant mothers through pregnancy

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Chemist Direct Pharmacist Omar El-Gohary advises on the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy & conception to help ensure the experience is a happy & healthy one.

Expectant Mothers

How to keep expectant mothers happy & healthy

Before conceiving and during pregnancy, it is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet and ensure good vitamin and mineral intake.

A report published this week by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists detailed a whole array of household items pregnant women should apparently avoid.

These range from new furniture, to non-stick frying pans and various types of make-up. While in some cases there is no concrete evidence as yet, the report's authors - who drew up the guidance - said they erred on the side of caution and suggested women should be made aware of the risks in case they want to reduce their exposure to potentially harmful materials, which can build up over time.

However, the report received a mixed response from some experts, saying it's just too soon to really know what effect everyday items have on unborn babies.

So while it is best to heed their advice and always take a cautious approach by speaking to your pharmacist of doctor if you are unsure, what positive steps can pregnant women take to help keep their unborn babies healthy?

“Before conceiving and during pregnancy, it is important to maintain a healthy balanced diet and ensure good vitamin and mineral intake,” says Omar El-Gohary, Superintendent Pharmacist at Chemist Direct.

“Expectant mothers should ensure they stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and get plenty of fibre in their diet to stay regular.”

He advises supplements such as Pregnacare plus, which contains essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, folic acid, iron, calcium and Omega 3. Ideally, women who are planning a baby should start taking these three months prior to conception.

“Moisturise regularly with Burt and Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter to prevent itching, irritation and stretch marks,” adds El-Gohary.

In addition to thinking about what you put in your body it’s equally important to take care of yourself too. Swimming is a good exercise for pregnant women, which is easy on the joints.

Pelvic floor exercises can help prevent urinary incontinence after birth by strengthening the associated muscles.

“Start these three times a day from conception and carry on after birth. Strong pelvic floor muscles can help support the baby’s head during birth. Yoga exercises can also be beneficial, greatly helping to improve breathing,” says El-Gohary.

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