Five Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life During Pregnancy

Taking care of yourself during pregnancy may seem like a full-time job, but with a bit of guidance and planning you’ll be able to work out a routine soon enough. Pregnancy is an all-encompassing life event, and with so many things to think about, it may affect your quality of life.

Maintaining a healthy balance in all aspects of your life aids the development of your unborn child, and your physical and mental health. With these five tips to improve your quality of life during pregnancy, you can minimise your stress and prepare for your new family member in peace. 

Schedule Regular Check-Ups with Your Doctor

During the first pregnancy you would be experiencing everything for the first time and it’s challenging to know what is expected and what is unusual. Schedule regular appointments with your gynaecologist or obstetrician to closely monitor the development of your baby and ask your doctor questions. Knowing that your baby is developing as expected will ease your anxiety immensely and improve your quality of life.

Watch What You Eat

During pregnancy, it is essential to maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Alongside your prescribed pregnancy vitamins and minerals, you must ensure you eat five servings of fruit and vegetables a day, high fibre grains and cereals, drink plenty of water, and avoid excessive salt, sugar, and saturated fat. 

Foods to avoid, which may cause food-borne illnesses such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis:

  • Unpasteurised soft cheeses
  • Unpasteurised milk and juice
  • Food containing raw egg 
  • Undercooked or raw meat such as sushi
  • Processed meat such as deli meats and hot dogs

Stay Active Throughout Your Pregnancy

Daily exercise will get your blood flowing, improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep at night. While it is best to consult your doctor on the best forms of exercise for you, you may want to consider low-impact, less strenuous activities. Be sure to inform your instructor that you are pregnant, so that they can adjust exercises where necessary. 

Get Plenty of Rest

We lead fast-paced lives, but you still need to get enough rest. Without enough sleep, you are more prone to mood swings, a suppressed immune system, and depression. To promote a good quality of life during pregnancy, make sure you maintain a routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Practice relaxation techniques and switch off your devices an hour before bed, so you’re able to fall asleep more easily. 

Connect with Other Expecting Mothers

No matter how supportive your friends or partner may be, they are not in your shoes. But there are many online forums and support groups for expecting mothers. By connecting with other women experiencing the same or similar things, you will feel more supported and at ease with the changes you are experiencing. This will help you support your mental health during pregnancy. 

To improve your quality of life during pregnancy, it’s best to discuss any concerns you have with your doctor. They will give you information which caters specifically to your unique needs depending on any existing medical conditions and risk factors.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.