During Pregnancy

During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. In Pregnancy taking care of yourself has never been more important. Call your health care provider to schedule your first prenatal appointment.

What does an ideal pregnancy diet chart look like?

  1. Fruits and vegetables (provide vitamins and fiber)
  2. Whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and brown rice (provide fiber, B vitamins, and other needed nutrients)
  3. Fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products or non-dairy soy, almond, rice, or other drinks with added calcium and vitamin D
  4. Protein from healthy sources, such as beans and peas, eggs, lean meats, seafood that is low in mercury (up to 12 ounces per week), and unsalted nuts and seeds, if you can tolerate them and aren’t allergic to them.

Is it okay to exercise during pregnancy?

If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to start or continue regular physical activity.

  1. Helps you and your baby to gain the appropriate amounts of weight
  2. Reduce backaches, leg cramps, and bloating
  3. Reduce your risk for gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)
  4. Reduce your risk for postpartum depression

What are some exercises for pregnant women?

  1. Go for a walk where you live, in a local park, or in a shopping mall with a family member or friend.
  2. Get up and move around at least once an hour if you sit most of the day. When watching TV or sitting at your computer, get up and move around.