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Self-Care During Pregnancy

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  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the pregnancy. Eat a common-sense balanced diet. Expect to gain between 11-40 pounds, depending on your beginning weight. Discuss weight gain expectations with doctor.
  • Do not discontinue prescribed medications without consulting a doctor, but also consult with a doctor before taking any nonprescription medications.
  • Ginger capsules (available as an over-the-counter option) may help with nausea in pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness. However, there are safety concerns about supplements. Talk with a doctor about other options.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use street drugs.
  • Continue to exercise with normal routines unless the doctor advises otherwise. Be sure to get adequate water intake for exercise.
  • Sexual intercourse is safe and natural during an uncomplicated pregnancy.

 

 

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on April 24, 2014

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