Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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The Dont's

Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.

Don't drink alcohol

Don't take and over-the-counter medication that has not been cleared with your obstetrician.

Don't get x-rays. If they are necessary, inform the person taking them so that extra care can be taken, and to reduce the risk of harming the baby.

Don't clean the litter box. Ask someone else to do it for you. Minimize all contact with dirty cat litter. This will reduce the risk of getting toxoplasmosis and listeria.

Don't take very hot baths, or use hot tubs or saunas. These all run the risk of causing you to overheat

The Do's

Do get exercise. A pregnancy exercise class, or even a 15-20 minute walk every day will help. Be sure to walk in cool places, or indoors to prevent overheating.

Do eat well balanced meals. More foods high in vitamins, especially folic acid, calcium, and vitamin D.

Do be careful of fish, too much can cause problems from the potential mercury content. Small amounts are good though, as they contain healthy Omega-3 Fish oils.

Do get lots of sleep. Also, make sure to put your feet up when you can during the day. This will help prevent swelling in your feet, legs, and ankles.

Do drink a lot of fluids, 8-10 glasses a day, but be sure to stay away from caffeine and artificial colors.

Other thing's you can do.

Make sure to see your doctor often, as soon as you know that you are pregnant. It's best to see them more and more often the farther in to the pregnancy you are.

Wash all fruit and vegetables before eating or cooking them. This will reduce risk of possible parasites and diseases.

Stay away from lead, pesticides, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, and paint.

Avoid contact with rodents, including pet rodents, as tehy can carry diseases that may be harmful to the baby, even if they are a tame pet.

I hope these tips help you have a healthy pregnancy!