Pregnancy Pearls of Wisdom

Nutrition

  • Eating for two does not mean doubling your intake. 300 extra calories a day is appropriate if you are within a normal weight range and average activity level. Since everything you eat your baby eats, avoid junk food.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of fluids a day to keep your urine clear and not yellow.
  • Your weight gain should be 25-35 pounds total, with approximately 10 pounds gained in the first 20 weeks pregnancy and pound a week thereafter.
  • Avoid raw meat/game and unpasteurized dairy products to decrease your risk of contracting Listeria.
  • Learn more about foods to eat or avoid while you’re pregnant.

Exercise

  • Exercise is important for building your stamina, strengthening your muscles for labor and delivery, improving your posture, and maintaining a good sense of well-being.
  • When you exercise, you should continually be able to speak in full sentences, and your heart rate should not exceed 140 bpm for more than 15 minutes. If you are sweating, you are working too hard.
  • Avoid activities that might cause falls.
  • Learn more about exercising while you are pregnant.

Alcohol, Smoking, and Drugs

  • Avoid alcohol in all forms during pregnancy to decrease the risk of your baby having abnormalities and growth defects.
  • Women who smoke tend to have babies with low birth weight and an increased chance of stillbirth and SIDS.
  • Avoid recreational drugs and follow this list when using over-the-counter medications.

Sexuality

  • Having sex will not hurt your baby. You may continue throughout your pregnancy unless your doctor advises you not to. However, avoid douching.

Seat Belts

  • Continue wearing seat belts low and snug throughout your pregnancy.

Dental Hygiene

  • Good dental hygiene, which involves regularly brushing and flossing, may prevent infections and preterm birth.

Cats

  • If you have a cat, avoid cleaning the litter box while you are pregnant. (If you have to, clean the box every day and wear gloves, then wash your hands thoroughly.) Cat feces can carry toxoplasma, which is a parasite that can cause the infection toxoplasmosis that you can pass on to your baby.
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