As a mum, the word \u2018healthy\u2019 is all you have ever wanted especially when you are pregnant. For a SUSHI lover like me, it felt like saying goodbye to a lifetime best friend during this pregnancy. Fortunately, it will be just for a short while!\u00a0 When you find out that you are pregnant, a few immediate questions would probably pop into your head such as \u201cWhat can I eat?\u201d and probably \u201cCan I finally ask my husband to fulfil all my cravings?\u201d For a foodie wife like myself, what popped up into my mind was obviously the latter. I remember when I was first pregnant with my baby boy, Anaqi, I got really paranoid and worried about all the little things. Being a first-time mummy is definitely a whole new challenge for me. It felt like a new achievement unlocked for my motherhood.\u00a0 Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Before I got pregnant, my lifestyle was kind of...you know...quite unhealthy. Oops!\u00a0 But that was in the past before I got pregnant with Anaqi. The moment I knew that I was pregnant, I set his health as my first priority. I am so glad that I made such a decision because now, Anaqi is a strong and healthy baby boy. To be honest, I was very clueless when it comes to pregnancy's health tips. I did some research and asked my friends and relatives who had pregnant before me\u2014how they took care of themselves during pregnancy.\u00a0 Not keeping these to myself, below are some of the tips that I got from them that works for me! Pregnancy's Health Tips 1) Stay hydrated Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Do you know that a pregnant woman needs more water than she did before the pregnancy? I drank 8 cups of plain water (minimum) per day just to ensure that I stay hydrated.\u00a0 2) Avoid certain foods Photo Credit: Adobe Stock This was quite a challenge for a foodie! At first, I got quite rebellious and did not want to listen to this advice because what is life without eating your favourite food? But, in the end, I gave up my lust for these foods in order to stay healthy and protect my little one in the tummy.\u00a0 Below is the type of foods that pregnant women should avoid: \tRaw or rare meats \tLiver, sushi, raw eggs (also in mayonnaise) \tSoft cheeses (feta, brie) \tUnpasteurised milk Some of these foods such as raw or unpasteurised animal products can cause food poisoning. This is because, these foods contain high mercury content and some fish, even when fried, can be harmful to a developing fetus. 3) Get moving Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Daily exercise or staying active is one of the ways to help you stay healthy during pregnancy.\u00a0 I chose to go for a walk for at least 30 minutes at the park just to unwind and relax my mind while trying to stay active. Simple walking like this is also good as it helps with labour and delivery. If you are unsure, you can check with your doctor to find out how much physical activity is right for you. 4) Consume Daily Prenatal Nutrition Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Taking daily prenatal nutrition such as multivitamin will help to ensure that you and your baby get the right amount of key nutrients during pregnancy which includes folic acid, iron, and calcium.\u00a0 As a paranoia new-mum-to-be at the time, one of my friends managed to convince me to add maternal milk in my daily consumption. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock She said that maternal milk is very beneficial for pregnant women. I was afraid to try at first but eventually, I tried it and the rest is history. I can say that my pregnancy's health improved a lot! Here are some of the benefits of maternal milk as your prenatal nutrition. Benefits of Maternal Milk \t Supplements Folic Acid Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Folic acid helps with the growth and development of the foetus and plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells. The needs for folic acids in pregnant mums is higher compared to normal adults. \t Eases Pregnancy Discomforts The nutrients lost during pregnancy due to nausea and vomiting can be supplemented by drinking maternal milk. \t Contains Natural Vitamins & Minerals Photo Credit: Adobe Stock Maternal milk contains natural vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, iron, and calcium that are good to support your baby's brain development and increase your nutritional needs. With the right amount of prenatal nutrition, it helps you stay healthy and strong enough to carry your little one. These benefits really helped me a lot in setting the course of my baby\u2019s health. Maternal milk really worked wonders for me and it helps me after the pregnancy too! Can you believe that mummies?\u00a0 Photo Credit: Adobe Stock For all expecting mums, I would suggest you consume maternal milk because it is formulated with the nutritional needs for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. When I knew these benefits, I knew that I just had to add maternal milk into my diet. I tried a few and I can say that the most suitable and the BEST maternal milk that gives everything that I needed as a pregnant mum was Similac\u00ae Mom. Why Pregnant Mothers Need Similac\u00aeMom? Similac\u00ae Mom maternal milk is a low-fat maternal supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It is formulated with Eye-Q\u00ae Nutrition System, Natural Vitamin E and Lutein to prevent the oxidation of DHA, which is crucial for the growth and development of your child before birth. With just two servings of Similac\u00ae Mom a day, you will get good nutrition for yourself and your baby. Combining certain nutrients, particularly during the early stages of pregnancy, this maternal milk provides a strong foundation for better growth and brain development.\u00a0 Moreover, Similac\u00ae Mom contains 23 vitamins and minerals that help to meet increased nutritional needs(1) and support better sugar management during pregnancy.\u00a0 Similac\u00ae Mom has the lowest fat content(2) that also helps in support better weight management when you are pregnant and post-delivery weight loss during breastfeeding.\u00a0 Set the course for a healthy pregnancy by consuming Similac\u00ae Mom. Get yours here! Head over to their official website and Facebook page to know more about this maternal milk.\u00a0\u00a0 References:\u00a0 \tMalaysian Recommended Nutrient intake, 2017. \t2016 Label comparison amongst maternal milk brands in Malaysia.