Healthy Pregnancy Do’s and Dont’s
- Acknowledge that your body is changing and allow yourself more time for rest.
- Start taking pre-natal vitamins. If a doctor has not given you a prescription vitamin yet, just go to a local pharmacy and buy some over-the-counter pre-natal vitamins. (If you can’t afford vitamins, APO can help.)
- Start seeing a doctor early in your pregnancy. Early prenatal care prevents many problems.
- Exercise (Unless, of course, your doctor puts restrictions on you for medical reasons.) Exercise helps control your weight, improves your mood, and helps you sleep better.
- Eat foods rich in Folic Acid. They help your baby’s spinal cord development. Add foods like these to your diet: Bread, pasta, cereal, beans, rice, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits (like oranges and orange juice.)
- Don’t drink alcohol. It can cause your baby to be born with mental disabilities and physical disabilities. (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
- Don’t use drugs. Drugs can cause your baby to be born with mental disabilities and physical disabilities.
- Don’t smoke tobacco. Smoking is not good for babies, however, it is not as bad as alcohol and drugs. Quit or cut back if you can.
- Don’t lift heavy things.
- Don’t change kitty litter. Cats can carry toxoplasmosis which you could catch by coming in contact with cat feces.
- Stay away from harsh chemicals.
- Don’t hang out in a sauna or hot tub. High temps can harm your baby.
- Don’t use essential oils unless you clear it with your doctor first.