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    pregnancy dos and don'ts

    please tell me general dos and don's. i heared that people says that, should not drink coffee, should not eat pappaya, sleep on left side only, etc.

    tell me some common do's and don't which is believable and true in india.

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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    Most studies show no adverse effects from three or four cups of coffee
    but there are some data that suggest that large amounts of caffeine lead to low-birth-weight babies.


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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    He a l t H y Pr e g n a n c y

    Dos and Donts


    Eat this. Dont eat that. Do this. Dont do

    that. Pregnant women are bombarded with

    Dos and Donts. Its tough to keep it all

    straight. Pregnancy Dos are listed below. The

    next page has a list of pregnancy Donts.


    Pregnancy Dos

    See your doctor regularly. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy

    and spot problems if they occur.

    Continue taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy. All women capable

    of pregnancy should get 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to

    0.8 mg) of folic acid every day. Gettingenough folic acid lowers the risk of some birth defects. Taking a vitamin with folic

    acid will help you to be sure you aregetting enough.

    Eat a variety of healthy foods. Include

    fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calciumrich foods, lean meats, and a variety of cooked seafood.

    Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day. Getting enough iron prevents anemia, which is linked to preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin or iron supplement.

    Drink extra fluids, especially water.

    Get moving! Unless your doctor tells you

    otherwise, physical activity is good for

    you and your baby.

    Gain a healthy amount of weight. Gaining

    more than the recommended amount

    during pregnancy increases a womans

    risk for pregnancy complications. It also

    makes it harder to lose the extra pounds

    after childbirth. Check with your doctor

    to find out how much weight you should

    gain during pregnancy.

    Wash hands, especially after handling raw

    meat or using the bathroom.

    Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours

    every night. Resting on your left side

    helps blood flow to you and your baby

    and prevents swelling. Using pillows

    between your legs and under your belly

    will help you get comfortable.

    Set limits. If you can, control the stress

    in your life and set limits. Dont be afraid

    +to say no to requests for your time and

    energy. Ask for help from others.

    Make sure health problems are treated and

    kept under control. If you have diabetes,

    control your blood sugar levels. If you

    have high blood pressure, monitor it

    closely.

    + Ask your doctor before stopping any

    medicines you take or taking any new

    medicines. Prescription, over-thecounter, and herbal medicine all can harm

    your baby.

    Get a flu shot. Pregnant women can

    get very sick from the flu and may need

    hospital care. Ask your doctor about the

    flu vaccine.

    Always wear a seatbelt. The lap strap

    should go under your belly, across your

    hips. The shoulder strap should go

    between your breasts and to the side of

    your belly. Make sure it fits snuggly.

    Join a childbirth or parenting class.page 2

    He a l t H y Pr e g n a n c y

    Steer clear of these pregnancy no-nos

    to help keep you and your baby safe and

    healthy.




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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    Pregnancy Don’ts

    • Don’t smoke tobacco. Quitting is hard,

    but you can do it! Ask your doctor for

    help. Smoking during pregnancy passes

    nicotine and cancer-causing drugs to your

    baby. Smoking also keeps your baby from

    getting needed nourishment and raises

    the risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and

    infant death.

    • Avoid exposure to toxic substances and

    chemicals, such as cleaning solvents, lead

    and mercury, some insecticides, and paint.

    Pregnant women should avoid exposure

    to paint fumes.

    • Protect yourself and your baby from foodborne illness, which can cause serious

    health problems and even death. Handle,

    clean, cook, eat, and store food properly.

    • Don’t drink alcohol. There is no known

    safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink

    while pregnant. Both drinking every day

    and drinking a lot of alcohol once in a

    while during pregnancy can harm the

    baby.

    • Don’t use illegal drugs. Tell your doctor

    if you are using drugs. Marijuana,

    cocaine, heroin, speed (amphetamines),

    barbiturates, and LSD are very dangerous

    for you and your baby.

    • Don’t clean or change a cat’s litter

    box. This could put you at risk for

    toxoplasmosis, an infection that can be

    very harmful to the fetus.

    • Don’t eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark,

    and tilefish, which are high in mercury.

    • Avoid contact with rodents and with their

    urine, droppings, or nesting material. This

    includes household pests and pet rodents,

    such as guinea pigs and hamsters. Rodents

    can carry a virus that can be harmful or

    even deadly to your unborn baby.

    • Don’t take very hot baths or use hot

    tubs or saunas. High temperatures can be

    harmful to the fetus, or cause you to faint.

    • Don’t use scented feminine hygiene

    products. Pregnant women should

    avoid scented sprays, sanitary napkins,

    and bubble bath. These products might

    irritate your vaginal area, and increase

    your risk of a urinary tract infection or

    yeast infection.

    • Don’t douche. Douching can irritate the

    vagina, force air into the birth canal and

    increase the increase the risk of infection.

    • Avoid x-rays. If you must have dental

    work or diagnostic tests, tell your dentist

    or physician that you are pregnant so that

    extra care can be taken.


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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    hey uma,
    you can drink coffee may be 2 cups a day.. restrict frequent intake of coffee as 2 much caffeine is not good for the baby's development. some say that fully ripened pappaya is ok but if the fruit is not fully ripened, the latex in the pappaya will cause your muscles to contract earlier leading to pre term or miscarriage. so to be safer avoid it. sleeping in the left side is good because it helps the blood flow and get more oxygen to you and the baby. but either side is ok as long as you are not sleeping in your back.


    Quote Originally Posted by uma26 View Post
    please tell me general dos and don's. i heared that people says tat, should not drink coffee, should not eat pappaya, sleep on left side only, etc.

    tell me some common do's and don't which is believable and true in india.


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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    thank you lakshmi mam!!! in answers really informative with reasons behind it. thank u again.

    Uma


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    Re: pregnancy dos and don'ts

    Sure uma, Hope it helps...
    Quote Originally Posted by uma26 View Post
    thank you lakshmi mam!!! in answers really informative with reasons behind it. thank u again.


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