• 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 woman’s
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. Don’t 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
•+ Ask your doctor before stopping any
medicines you take or taking any new
medicines. Prescription, over-thecounter, and herbal medicine all can harm
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.