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.
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