Staying Healthy During Pregnancy
Staying healthy during pregnancy is especially important, not just for you, but for your baby as well. There are lots of do’s and don’ts to think about while you’re pregnant. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and have a healthy baby.
Get regular prenatal care. Your health care provider will check your weight and blood pressure on a regular basis, while also watching your baby’s development. Certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, must be closely monitored. It will be important to have sufficient amounts of iron to help your baby’s tissues and organs get oxygen and folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects.
“Eating for two” does not mean you can eat twice as much as you did before you got pregnant. Rather, the foods you eat provide the nutrients for both you and your baby. Most pregnant women need an additional 300 calories per day to support a baby’s growth and development.
Drink plenty of fluids, but stay away from large amounts of caffeine. Becoming dehydrated can cause premature or early labor. Avoid drinking alcohol and don’t smoke.
Exercise. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that healthy pregnant women get at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.
Over-the-counter or prescription medications may not be safe for a developing fetus. If you were taking a medication before you became pregnant, ask your health care provider if it is safe to continue.
Healthy pregnancy habits should start as early in the pregnancy as possible, or even before you get pregnant. For more information about staying healthy and safe during your pregnancy, talk with your doctor or visit the Centennial Medical Center’s website at www.centennialmedcenter.com.