PREGNANCY DOS:

  • Consult your doctor regularly. Prenatal care will also help to keep you & your baby healthy & detect problems if they occur.
  • By continue taking folic acid tablets 400 to 800 micrograms (400 – 800 mcg or 0.4 – 0.8 mg) throughout your pregnancy every day. Getting enough folic acid decreases the risk of some birth defects.
  • Intake variety of healthy foods. Which include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium rich foods, lean meats & a variety of cooked sea food.
  • Include all essential nutrients in your diet, which includes iron, every day. Getting enough iron will prevents anemia, which was associated to preterm birth & low-birth weight babies. Ask doctor about taking a daily prenatal iron or vitamin supplement.
  • Drink more fluids, particularly water.
  • Gain a good amount of weight. Gaining more than the suggested amount during pregnancy may increases a womans risk for the pregnancy complications. It will make it harder to lose the extra pounds after the childbirth. Check with doctor to find out how much weight you should gain during the pregnancy.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep for 7 – 9 hours every night. Resting on left side may help blood flow to you & your baby & also prevents swelling. Using pillows in between your legs & under your belly will also help you get comfortable.
  • Control the stress levels in your life & set limits.
  • Make sure health problems are been treated early & kept under control. If you suffering with diabetes, control the blood sugar levels. If you have high blood pressure, monitor it very closely.
  • Pregnant women can get affect very easily from the flu & may need hospital care. Ask your doctor about flu vaccine.

PREGNANCY DONTS:

  • Dont smoke during the pregnancy, it may passes nicotine & cancer-causing drugs to your baby. Smoking may also keeps baby from getting needed nourishment & raises the risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, & infant death.
  • Avoid exposure to the toxic substances & chemicals, like cleaning solvents, lead and mercury, some insecticides, & paint. A pregnant woman needs to avoid exposure to paint fumes.
  • Protect yourself & your baby from the food borne illness, which may cause serious health problems & even death. Handle, clean, cook, eat, & store food properly.
  • Dont drink alcohol. Both drinking every day & drinking a lot of alcohol once in a while during pregnancy can also harm the baby.
  • Dont use illegal drugs. Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, speed (amphetamines), barbiturates, & LSD are very dangerous for you & your baby.
  • Dont eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark, & tilefish, which are high in the mercury content.
  • Avoid contact with the rodents & with their urine, droppings, or nesting material. This includes household pests & pet rodents, like guinea pigs & hamsters. Rodents can also bring a virus which can be unsafe or even deadly to your unborn baby.
  • Dont take very hot baths. High temperatures may be harmful to the fetus, or cause you faint.
  • Pregnant women should avoid scented sprays, sanitary napkins, & bubble bath. These products may irritate your vaginal area, & increase the risk of a urinary tract infection or yeast infection.