A healthier you can mean a healthier babyWhen you’re pregnant, the best way to take care of your baby is to take care of yourself. Here are some important ways to keep yourself and your baby in good health.
See your doctor
Prenatal care is the care you receive during your pregnancy. During these visits your doctor will talk to you about things such as:
• Choosing healthy foods. That means eating a low-fat diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and calcium-rich foods.
It also means avoiding unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses and certain types of fish that may contain high levels of mercury—such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. And limiting coffee and other caffeinated drinks to one or two cups a day.
• Exercising. Being physically active may help your labor and delivery go more smoothly.
• Taking folic acid. You need between 400 and 800 micrograms a day to help prevent certain birth defects.
• Watching your weight. For many women, gaining 25 to 35 pounds is about right, but you may need to gain more or less depending on your weight before pregnancy. You shouldn’t try to lose weight while pregnant.
• Not smoking, drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs. All of these things can harm your baby.
Source: Office on Women’s Health
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