Pregnancy-Related Problems - Prevention
It is important to make healthy lifestyle choices to lower your chance for serious problems during
pregnancy. Learn about healthy lifestyle choices before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Have a healthy pregnancy. Eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, avoid hot weather temperatures, and do not do activities that could lead to a fall or belly injury. Pay attention to your nutrition and weight gain during pregnancy. Be sure to get the right amounts of
folic acid, iron, and calcium. Try for slow, gradual weight gain.
Limit your use of caffeine. Eat a nutritious diet. Get enough
protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and zinc. These nutrients are vital to your baby's growth, development, and weight gain.
Exercise safely during pregnancy. Try to get 30 minutes of exercise on most, if not all, days of the week.
Do pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises to prevent urine control problems ( incontinence) after childbirth. Discuss
immunizations with your doctor.
Things to avoid when you are pregnant
Alcohol and illegal drugs
Smoking or using tobacco
Misuse of medicines
Hot tubs and saunas
Uncooked food and other poisons. This includes raw (unpasteurized) milk and cheeses made with raw milk; raw meat, poultry, or seafood; unwashed fruits or vegetables; and cat feces or outdoor soil that cats commonly use. Unusual cravings, such as
pica, when a woman craves things that are not food.
Fish that may have mercury. This includes shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, more than 6 oz (0.2 kg) of white albacore tuna a week, or fish caught in local waters that have not tested as safe.
Hazardous chemicals, certain cosmetic products, or radiation
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 04, 2014
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