Having a baby is a big deal. It can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time. There are steps you can take to get a healthy pregnancy.

Guidelines for a healthy pregnancy

  • Go for all your prenatal appointments throughout pregnancy .
  •  Do not take any medications  ( prescription and over the counter) without the doctor’s OK.
  • Do not smoke .
  • Do not drink alcohol.
  • Do not take illegal drugs.
  • Eat healthy .  You’ll need extra protein, calcium and  iron. You need to talk to your doctor about how many calories you need during pregnancy.
  • Stay active unless your doctor suggests  otherwise. Exercise can help you feel better, reduce  discomfort and fatigue . It  promotes faster recovery after delivery. Waking and swimming is actually recommended. However strenuous exercises  and sports such as  roller –  skating and horse back riding is not recommended.
  • Avoid saunas , steam baths  and hot tubs . High heat can harm your baby.

When to call your doctor

You need to contact your doctor if you experience the following symptoms.

  • Excessive vomiting and diarrhea
  • Strong cramps
  • Bleeding and leaking of fluid  from the vagina
  • Excessive or sudden swelling in your face,  fingers and feet.
  • Headaches, backaches or stomachaches that doesn’t go away
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Blurred vision or spots  infront of your eyes.
Content Sources
Sound Advice for a Healthful Pregnancy. Stanford Children’s Hospital. https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=sound-advice-for-a-healthful-pregnancy-1-1378. Accessed January 2nd, 2019

How to have a healthy pregnancy. Kaiser Permanente. https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/healthAndWellness/index.jhtml?item=%2Fcommon%2FhealthAndWellness%2Fpregnancy%2Fpregnancy%2Foverview.html. Accessed A, 2019

Bug Bites. WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/ss/slideshow-bad-bugs. Accessed June 21st, 2017

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