Do’s and don’ts for healthy pregnancy and childbirth


20 Jul 2023

Expert Advice on Maintaining a Healthy Pregnancy & Smooth Childbirth Experience

You're about to begin a remarkable journey if your pregnancy test is positive! While your unborn child grows in your womb, you'll experience a lot of changes, both physically and emotionally. During pregnancy, expectant mothers get a lot of guidance on what to do and what not to do. You may come across some suggestions that seem contradictory to the vast amount of information provided. To clear up the confusion, here are some dos and don'ts.

While pregnant:

  1. Generally, women are deficient in iron and folic acid, so taking supplements that provide these nutrients regularly is vital.

  2. However, pregnant women should have regular prenatal checkups. Baby growth is assessed with ultrasounds.

  3. Keeping a healthy hydration level is extremely important.

  4. Make sure you and your baby are getting all the necessary nutrients by eating nutrient-dense, high-quality food, even when eating for two.

  5. Having timely blood tests will also enable the doctor to rule out conditions such as anaemia, pregnancy-related diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc.

  6. Avoid smokers and stay away from them. It harms the development of your unborn baby if you smoke passively.

  7. Having comfortable clothes and shoes is essential. Wear loose clothing. Legs and feet may swell. Wearing loose clothing and shoes can also help.

  8. Stress reduction improves the outcome of childbirth. Anxiety and depression during pregnancy may lead to complications such as preterm birth and low birth weight.

After delivery/childbirth:

  1. Within 24 hours of a C-section, doctors advise mothers to move around, even if they are completely resting. Doctors may ask you to rest if there are complications.

  2. Both mother and baby need proper hygiene.

  3. Breast milk is the most nutritious food for babies. A baby should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months. In this way, the baby develops immunity and grows.

  4. Make sure you get enough sleep. Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep per day. Do not feel guilty if you feel like taking a nap in the afternoon.

  5. Vaccinations for newborns are mandatory, and post-delivery examinations are beneficial to the doctor in ascertaining how the mother is coping with the newborn baby.

A number of insurance providers offer pregnancy health insurance that covers prenatal and postnatal health care and childbirth health insurance as part of their maternity insurance coverage.

Coverage for Maternity Health Insurance:

In light of the rising costs of pregnancy and delivery, it may be beneficial if you have a health insurance policy providing maternity coverage or a maternity insurance plan. Most insurance companies offer maternity coverage as an additional benefit to an existing health insurance plan. It is imperative that you are aware of the terms and conditions of the policy because most plans have a specific waiting period before the claim would be payable. Therefore, you can make an educated decision as to what is best for you.


Start by examining your health insurance policy. Pregnancy and its associated costs are not covered by all medical insurance policies. Furthermore, before you can claim pregnancy health insurance benefits for pregnancy, there is always a specified period of time from the date the policy began. Ensure that your childbirth health insurance papers are also packed. By doing so, you will avoid last-minute stress.

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