Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

  • Eat five or six well-balanced meals each day.
  • Take vitamin each day as directed by your obstetrician.
  • Drink plenty of fluids — at least eight to 10 glasses a day — avoiding caffeine and artificial coloring.
  • Don’t drink alcohol.
  • Don’t smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Exercise — it’s important for your general health and also can help reduce stress. Take a pregnancy exercise class or walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace. Walk in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating.
  • Get adequate sleep — at least eight hours a night. If you’re suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day and see your physician for advice.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and put your feet up several times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.
  • Don’t take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your obstetrician or midwife.

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