How to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

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If you have just learned of your pregnancy, chances are you are beginning to run through the list of the things that you can and can’t do while you are pregnant. Growing another human being inside of you is hard work and your body will go through many changes through the next few months.

It is important that you keep it healthy both for your sake and the baby’s. For this reason, it is very important that you follow certain guidelines to keep your body healthy in the attempt of creating the best place for your baby to grow and develop.

1. Take Prenatal Vitamins

One of the most important things that your baby and body needs while you are pregnant is a multi-vitamin. There are many prenatal vitamins available over the counter, but your doctor may prescribe a specific brand for you to try.

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Inside this multi-vitamin are very important nutrients that your baby needs to grow properly and that you need in order to keep your body healthy while your little one steals the nutrients that you consume on a daily basis.

2. Exercise

You should also stay active while you are pregnant. Many women have found that minimal exercise, such as walking is a great way to ease the pains of labor and will help you jump start the weight loss journey that you will be on once you have your baby.

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However, it is very important that you discuss your workout plans with your doctor before beginning. Some women, who are classified as high class pregnancies, are not allowed to exercise at all.

3. Educate yourself on pregnancy

Another great way to stay healthy while you are pregnant is something that you are doing right now; learning. Educate yourself on pregnancy and learn more about the things that you should or should not do during this time.

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Your doctor will fill you in on many of these items, but additional information is always a good idea. If you are questioning something that you found, however, be sure to talk it over with your doctor, who will be able to explain it better to you.

4. Eat healthy foods

Make sure that you are eating the right foods while you are pregnant as well. Many women believe that since they are pregnant that this gives them the right to eat everything that they want.

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This is ill-advised and in reality you should eat healthier while pregnant than any other time in your life. Be sure to load up on the fruits and veggies as well as grains filled with fiber.

5. Stop smoking and drinking large amounts of caffeine and sugary snacks

There are also some foods that you should stay away from. Fish with high counts of mercury, for example, should be limited throughout your pregnancy.

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While some amounts are alright on a weekly basis, many women choose to avoid them altogether while they are pregnant. It is also important to refrain from smoking, drinking and consume large amounts of caffeine and sugary snacks while you are pregnant.

6. Stay away from those who are sick

Staying healthy also involves staying away from those who are sick while you are pregnant as well. Make sure that you get your flu shot, even if you do not typically do this each year. Make sure that you wash your hands throughout the way and stay away from those with the sniffles at work.

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When pregnant our immune systems are not quite what they used to be and catching some things are easier while we are pregnant. Although catching a cold while you are pregnant will not necessarily harm your baby, the added weight that you are carrying around will make it harder for you to breath.

7. Get plenty of rest

Finally, be sure to get plenty of rest while you are pregnant. With the many changes that your body is going through, it is going to need extra sleep while it is trying to grow your baby. Chances are you are going to be pretty wiped out anyway and you will embrace the extra time to rest gracefully.

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For many, pregnancy comes with many things that they cannot do. However, it is important to remember that your body is creating something special for you to enjoy for many years to come.

Treating it the right way while you are pregnant is important both for the health of your baby and for your health during and after pregnancy. Staying healthy now is the best way to ensure that you remain healthy while you are recovering from giving birth.

Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.