A vegetarian diet requires special
attention so that you get enough
vitamin D, and zinc, in addition to the extra
folic acid, iron, and
calcium that all expectant mothers need. These
nutrients are vital to your fetus's cellular growth, brain and organ
development, and weight gain.
Calcium is an important nutrient, especially during
pregnancy. If you can't or don't eat dairy products, you can get calcium in
your diet from
nonmilk sources such as tofu, broccoli, fortified
orange juice or soy milk, greens, and almonds.
Exercise during pregnancy can help your body best handle labor, delivery,
Moderate activity such as brisk walking or swimming is ideal
during pregnancy. Some women enjoy prenatal yoga. For more information, see the topic Yoga. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after you are
active. This is very important when it?s hot out.
Sources of food poisoning that may cause listeriosis
or toxoplasmosis infection, such as raw meat, poultry, or seafood;
unwashed fruits or vegetables; and cat feces or outdoor soil that cats commonly
Fish that may contain mercury, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel,
tilefish, more than
6 oz (0.2 kg) of white albacore
tuna per week, or fish caught in local waters that haven't tested as safe
Sex causes no problems during an uncomplicated
pregnancy, and sexual interest often changes during different phases of a
pregnancy. If you are concerned about exposure to a
sexually transmitted disease, avoid sex or use a
Working or going to school, if it isn't too physically
demanding, is usually fine during pregnancy. Scale back if you're becoming too
worn down as your pregnancy progresses. Talk to your doctor or midwife if
you are at risk for
Travel is usually a safe choice until later pregnancy.
Talk to your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns. During your third
trimester, it's best to stay within a few hours of a hospital, in case of
sudden changes that need medical attention.