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What steps can I take to have a healthy pregnancy?


You can feel wonderful during your pregnancy if you take good care of yourself. Increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy by following these 10 simple steps to keep yourself and your baby healthy and safe:


  1. Eat 5 or 6 well-balanced meals each day.

  2. Take prenatal vitamins as directed by your doctor or midwife.

  3. Drink plenty of fluids - at least 8 to 10 glasses a day - avoid caffeine and artificial coloring.

  4. Don't drink alcohol.

  5. Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke.

  6. Exercise - not only does it improve your general health; it also helps reduce stress. Take a moderate paced walk at least 15 to 20 minutes every day.

  7. Get a good night's sleep - at least 8 hours a night.

  8. Wear comfortable shoes and put your feet up several times a day to lessen discomfort from swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles.

  9. Continue to wear a safety belt while riding in motor vehicles. Wear the shoulder portion of the restraint over the collar bone. The lap portion should be placed under the belly as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the belly. Sit as far from the air bag as possible.

  10. Don't take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without talking with your doctor or midwife.


Sources: National Women's Health Information Center and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Please consult your health care provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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