WOMEN’S HEALTH

PREG­NANCY DO’S AND DON’TS

Doctor's Plaza Health Magazine - - Women's Health -

Don’t eat that. Do this. Don’t do that. Preg­nant women are bom­barded with Do’s and Don’ts. It’s tough to keep it all straight.

Preg­nancy Do’s

1. See your doc­tor reg­u­larly. Pre­na­tal care can help keep you and your baby healthy and spot prob­lems if they oc­cur.

2. Eat a va­ri­ety of healthy foods. In­clude fruits, veg­eta­bles, whole grains, cal­ci­um­rich foods, lean meats, and a va­ri­ety of cooked seafood.

3. 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.

4. Drink ex­tra flu­ids, es­pe­cially wa­ter.

5. Get mov­ing! Un­less your doc­tor tells you oth­er­wise, phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is good for you and your baby.

6. Wash hands, es­pe­cially af­ter han­dling raw meat or us­ing the bath­room.

7. Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours ev­ery night. Rest­ing on your left side helps blood flow to you and your baby and pre­vents swelling. Us­ing pil­lows be­tween your legs and un­der your belly will help you get com­fort­able.

8. Make sure health prob­lems are treated and kept un­der con­trol. If you have diabetes, con­trol your blood su­gar lev­els. If you have high blood pres­sure, mon­i­tor it closely.

9. Set lim­its. If you can, con­trol the stress in your life and set lim­its. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to re­quests for your time and en­ergy. Ask for help from oth­ers.

10. Ask your doc­tor be­fore stop­ping any medicines you take or tak­ing any new medicines. Pre­scrip­tion, over-the counter, and herbal medicine all can harm your baby.

“IT IS THE MOST POW­ER­FUL CRE­ATION LIFE TO HAVE IN­SIDE GROW­ING OF YOU, THERE IS NO BIG­GER GIFT” BEY­ONCE

Preg­nancy Don’ts

1.Don’t smoke to­bacco. Quit­ting is hard, but you can do it! Ask your doc­tor for help. Smok­ing dur­ing preg­nancy passes ni­co­tine and cancer-caus­ing drugs to your baby. Smok­ing also keeps your baby from get­ting needed nour­ish­ment and raises the risk of mis­car­riage, preterm birth, and in­fant death.

2.Pro­tect your­self and your baby from food­borne ill­ness, which can cause se­ri­ous health prob­lems and even death. Han­dle, clean, cook, eat, and store food prop­erly.

3.Don’t drink al­co­hol. There is no known safe amount of al­co­hol a woman can drink while preg­nant. Both drink­ing ev­ery day and drink­ing a lot of al­co­hol once in a while dur­ing preg­nancy can harm the baby.

“SEE YOUR DOC­TOR REG­U­LARLY. PRE­NA­TAL CARE CAN HELP KEEP YOU AND YOUR BABY HEALTHY.”

Preg­nancy Don’ts

4. Don’t use il­le­gal drugs. Tell your doc­tor if you are us­ing drugs. Mar­i­juana, co­caine, heroin, speed (am­phet­a­mines), bar­bi­tu­rates, and LSD are very dan­ger­ous for you and your baby.

5. Don’t clean or change a cat’s lit­ter box. This could put you at risk for tox­o­plas­mo­sis, an in­fec­tion that can be very harm­ful to the fe­tus.

6. Don’t take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas. High tem­per­a­tures can be harm­ful to the fe­tus, or cause you to faint.

7. Don’t use scented fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts. Preg­nant women should avoid scented sprays, san­i­tary nap­kins, and bub­ble bath. These prod­ucts might ir­ri­tate your vagi­nal area, and in­crease your risk of a uri­nary tract in­fec­tion or yeast in­fec­tion.

8. Don’t douche. Douch­ing can ir­ri­tate the vagina, force air into the birth canal and in­crease the risk of in­fec­tion.

9. Avoid x-rays. If you must have den­tal work or di­ag­nos­tic tests, tell your den­tist or physi­cian that you are preg­nant so that ex­tra care can be taken.

10. Avoid ex­po­sure to toxic sub­stances and chem­i­cals, such as clean­ing sol­vents, lead and mer­cury, some in­sec­ti­cides, and paint. Preg­nant women should avoid ex­po­sure to paint fumes.

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