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Problems After Delivery of Your Baby - Prevention

It is important to make healthy lifestyle choices to lower your chance for problems after your delivery.

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Limit your use of caffeine if you are breast-feeding.
  • Eat a nutritious diet. Healthy eating will help you get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It will help you feel your best and have plenty of energy. If you are breast-feeding, it is important to get good nutrition for you and your baby.
  • 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.

Things to avoid if you are breast-feeding

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking or using tobacco products
  • Illegal drugs
  • Misusing medicines
  • Fish that contain high levels of mercury. This includes shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, more than 6 oz (170 g) 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

Call your doctor if you have any questions about breast-feeding. This may help prevent any problems.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 16, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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