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Tips for Taking Care of Yourself continued...

Your weight status before pregnancy is based on your weight and height. Your doctor can help you determine yours.

  • Exercise regularly. Discuss your routine with your doctor or midwife.
  • Minimize stress. Cut back on activities you don't need to do and ask for help when you need it. Talk with a friend or your spouse or partner about what stresses you out. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or breathing exercises.
  • Make sure you get enough shut-eye. Your body is going through many changes as your baby grows, so you need your rest. Aim for about 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.
  • Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke. It's bad for you and your baby. If you've tried to quit but can't, talk with your doctor or midwife about getting help. The sooner you quit, the healthier it is for your baby. But quitting at any time during your baby’s development will still make a difference.
  • Take only the over-the-counter and prescription medicines that your doctor or midwife has OK’d for you. Don’t take any herbal or natural remedies without checking with your doctor or midwife.
  • If you use illicit drugs or can't stop drinking alcohol, talk with your doctor or midwife about where to get help specifically for pregnant women. The sooner you ask for help, the better off you and your baby will be.