Pregnancy Tips 

Eating a well-balanced diet is even more important when you are pregnant.  Pregnancy is hard on your body and a good diet is essential for the well-being of both you and your baby.  Whenever you eat, the baby eats too.  Since the baby takes your nourishments you need to eat enough healthy foods for the two of you. 

When you are pregnant it is not a good idea to skip a meal, especially breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and your baby has likely been waiting to eat since he/she awoke in the middle of the night.  If you go too long without food you may start to feel sick.  

This is your body telling you it is time to eat. 

For a healthy pregnancy you should be eating 4-6 servings of dairy each day.  This provides the baby with the calcium he/she needs to develop healthy bones. 

You also want to include in your daily diet lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  You need to stay well hydrated so drink lots of water and juices. 

There are some foods which should be avoided during pregnancy.  These include unpasteurized products, raw eggs, fish which is high in mercury and undercooked meats.   

Your health care professional will be happy to discuss a healthy pregnancy eating plan with you. 

When you are pregnant you will find that there are certain foods which you could handle before, but cannot tolerate now.  You may find you cannot tolerate fast foods, greasy foods, or foods with a strong odor. 

In addition to eating healthy during your pregnancy it is important that you engage in some exercise.  Unless you are a high-risk pregnancy, or your medical professional has ordered you to not exercise, then you will benefit from exercising.  There are numerous benefits to exercising while pregnant.  You will improve your circulation, improve your energy level, improve the chance for a speedy recovery and perhaps have a shorter and easier labor.  

Some safe exercises during pregnancy include walking.  This is a low impact exercise, but still gets the blood pumping and the heart rate up.  Walking is usually safe during the entire pregnancy. 

Swimming provides you with optimal cardiovascular benefits.  When you are swimming you don’t feel the heaviness from your pregnancy weight gain instead you feel light and refreshed. 

If you are an experienced jogger, then jogging can be done safely.  You should probably slow down your jogging regime during the later period of your pregnancy.  You are working out too hard if you cannot carry on a conversation when jogging. 

Yoga can help maintain your muscle tone and stretch out tight ligaments.  Look for a pre-natal yoga class. 

You should start an exercise program slowly and the work up to exercising regularly.  It is good to exercise for approximately 30 minutes on most days. 

You will reduce the likelihood of injury if you warm up before any activity.  You can help your heart rate return to normal if you warm up after your activities too. 

Be sure to consult with your health care professional to be sure it is safe before you engage in any exercises.