PREGNANCY DO’S AND DON’TS
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.
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.
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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.”
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.