HEALTH - The Do's and Don'ts of Pregnancy
The following are some of the Do’s while Pregnant

• Identify a good gynecologist who is a caring and efficient physician, having good track records.
• You will need a lot more iron and vitamins when pregnant and it is hard to get enough by eating alone. Strictly follow doctor’s and dietitian’s prescription. Eat a healthy varied diet with a focus on nutrition. Foget old saying “Eat a lot because you are “eating for two”. The fact is the second person you are eating for only needs 300 Calories a day so don’t eat two aduls portions every meal. Include more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grains (such as whole-wheat breads). Eat plenty of calcium-rich foods (such as non-fat or low-fat yogurt, milk and broccoli) that your baby needs for strong bones and teeth. Choose leaner foods such as skim milk, chicken and turkey without the skin and fish. Eat frequent, small meals.

• Your body is working more to develop a baby and you may be tired often. Sleep, rest and relax as often as possible. Get approximately 7-9 hours of sleep each night. It is better if you can sleep on your left side and use pillows between your legs and under your belly.
• Normal marital relations are probably safe during pregnancy until last few weeks. (However, if at any time sexual intercourse is uncomfortable, it is wiser to refrain.)

• Do a light exercise routine as often as possible to keep you limber and ease discomfort during pregnancy. Walking is the great light exercises. Exercise can help a lot to have a painless labour.
• Make sure you are wearing seat-belt correctly while traveling.
• You have nothing to fear; for nature has provided every thing for you. Just relax and will go well.

Don’t Do these things while Pregnant
• Do not use drugs without your doctor’s express permission. Any illegal drugs can damage the baby substantially.
• Do not smoke and also avoid passive smocking
• Don’t drink alcohol. Even the slightest amount of alcohol can deprive your baby of valuable oxygen.
• Do not take very hot baths or hot tubs.
• Do not douche or use scented feminine hygiene products and scented sprays as these can irritate the vagina and result an increase risk of infection.

Do not allow excessive amount of body weight gain. On average, 25 to 30 pounds is a healthy weight gain over the 40 weeks of pregnancy.
• Do not eat fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish that may contain mercury.
• Do not drink un pasteurized milk, eat un pasteurized milk products or cheeses that can cause bacterial infections.
• Do not take laxatives without talking to your doctor. Don't strain during bowel movements. Drink plenty of fluids and eat fruits, vegetables and bran cereal to avoid constipation.
• Avoid eating too much of fatty foods such as butter and fatty meats.
• Avoid meat, eggs and fish that are not fully cooked and it may lead you at risk for an infection.
• Avoid long naps during the day.
• Avoid the stressful areas of your life that you can.
• Avoid biking, or weight lifting that can damage loose joints

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