Get more iron
Ask your doctor if your prenatal vitamin has enough iron. You need more iron because you can have as much as 50% more blood in your body to support your growing baby.
Get your ZZZs
Your new shape and size can make relaxing a challenge, but not getting enough sleep can lead to longer labor. Curling up on your left side with pillows for support can help.
30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week can help boost your mood, ease back pain, improve sleep, and control your weight. Walk, swim, or take a pregnancy fitness class.
Grab a little time away
A babymoon is like a honeymoon -- a getaway for you and your mate before your little one arrives. Weeks 14-28 are best for travel.
Don't eat for two
You don't need to eat a lot more when you’re pregnant. Weight gain should be gradual, mostly in the last three months. Pick lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
If you smoke, quit. If you live with a smoker, have him or her puff somewhere else. Smoking cigarettes is linked to premature birth, low birth weight, and learning problems.
Listen to your body when you have to 'go'
Your developing baby is pressing down on your bladder. Expect to visit the bathroom more often. For fewer trips, skip the caffeine and drink less in the evening.
Don't miss prenatal appointments
Women who get good prenatal care are more likely to have a healthy baby. So keep those appointments. It will help keep you and your baby on track.
Get enough calcium
Protect your bones while your baby is growing. Get 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily -- about three servings of low-fat dairy or fortified foods.
Find a pediatrician now
In your third trimester, ask friends and your doctor to suggest pediatricians. Meet a few, then choose. You'll feel better knowing who will take care of your newborn.