Parkridge Health System - January 03, 2020

Congrats on your pregnancy! What wonderful news to both end 2019 and start 2020.

Now that you are expecting a new bundle of joy in the new year, it's a great time to start thinking about how to add your pregnancy into your New Year's resolutions list. Let's take a look at some resolutions you can consider making for the new year to help improve both your health and the health of your baby:

Resolution 1: Take Care of Your Health

Of course, one of the first resolutions is to take care of your health. When you are in good health, your baby has the best chance of being in good health, too. Therefore, you want to make sure you are taking time for you by taking your prenatal vitamins, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising on a daily basis.

In addition, you want to make sure you are getting a good night's sleep and effectively managing stress. You want to be able to enjoy your pregnancy, and you need your health in order to do so!

Resolution 2: Prepare as Much as Possible

While you cannot plan for everything, there are a number of items you can go ahead and take care of during pregnancy in order to put less stress on your shoulders later on. Schedule your prenatal appointments, organize your nursery and create lists of everything you want to make sure is taken care of before your little one arrives.

Pregnancy brain is real, and it can be easy to forget even the simplest things. By making lists and getting as organized as possible, you can make certain that your to-do list is taken care of in an effective and efficient manner.

Resolution 3: Take Time for Friends and Family

As soon as the baby arrives, things change. Priorities change. But that doesn't mean your relationships outside of the one with your child don't matter. They do.

Therefore, during your pregnancy, try as much as possible to stay connected with your loved ones, as well as take a romantic getaway with your partner. It will allow you to recharge and feel uplifted hanging out with some of your favorite people.

Plus, it will help to strengthen those relationships to where it will be easier to stay in touch after the baby is born. We all need a support system, especially after having a baby.

Are you expecting a new addition to the family? Be sure to check out the classes available at Parkridge East Hospital that can help you and your family be better prepared for your new arrival!