Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts

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Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts – What to Do?

It definitely can get confusing. You hear many things and you can get overwhelmed. Here are some pregnancy do’s and don’ts to help you along the way!

Pregnancy Do’s:

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and lean meats.
  • Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day. Getting enough iron prevents anemia, which is linked to preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin or iron supplement.
  • Get 400 micrograms (400 mcg or 0.4 mg) of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy. Getting enough folic acid lowers the risk of some birth defects. Taking a vitamin with folic acid will help you to be sure you are getting enough.
  • See your doctor regularly. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy and spot problems if they occur.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Your metabolic rate increases by one-fifth in pregnancy, so it’s no wonder you feel so tired! Nap during the day if you can, and get plenty of early nights.
  • Drink plenty of water. Keeping up the amount of fluids you drink during pregnancy can help to combat water retention as well as preventing constipation and easing the extra strain on your kidneys. Aim to drink around two litres of water a day.
  • Keep active and exercise. As long as you’re fit and comfortable, you can keep exercising at a level you’re already used to, dropping the intensity as necessary.
  • Rest and relax. Take some time out to focus on you and your baby and forget the everyday stresses. Prenatal yoga is an excellent way to unwind and also helps prepare you physically and mentally for the challenge of labour.

Pregnancy Don’ts: 

  • Avoid oral antibiotics often prescribed for acne. If you have a severe inflammation, ask your doctor about oral erythromycin, which is considered the safest for use during pregnancy. Usually, this medication is reserved for those who have very painful and inflamed lesions.
  • Avoid medications, unless your doctor told you that you can use something and it’s safe for your baby.
  • Cleaning cat litter. Cat feces may play host to a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis.
  • Avoid certain foods, like raw fish, deli meats, raw eggs, unpasteurized cheese.
  • Herbal remedies. Some herbs can be bad for your baby and you, and some even cause early labor.
  • Home hazards. Chose natural cleaners when the nesting stage sets in.
  • Too much caffeine. If you must have your coffee, try mix of caffeine and decaf coffee.
  • You know the usual, smoking, alcohol, and things that are bad for both you and the baby.
  • Stay relaxed and stay away from stress and situations where you can get overwhelmed.

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