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It seems as though there is so much information online on how you should behave to have a healthy pregnancy. While there are some basic recommendations you can follow to improve your pregnancy, a healthy baby can come from moms who don’t take care of themselves.

If you are under our care, we want you – and your baby – to be as healthy and comfortable as possible. The following recommendations come from our experience and medical knowledge as we’ve cared for our community.

  • Take a prenatal vitamin daily

  • Exercise regularly

  • Educate yourself

  • Change how you perform your chores (i.e., try to avoid harsh or toxic cleaners, heavy lifting)

  • Purchase a pair of comfortable shoes

  • Eat folate-rich foods (lentils, asparagus, oranges, fortified cereals)

  • Eat calcium-rich foods (dairy, some fish, soy)

  • Eat more fish (except fish high in mercury)

  • Eat foods with fiber (we promise this will only help, especially as you get to the later stages of pregnancy)

  • Avoid the soft cheeses that contain bacteria (e.g., brie and feta) as these are known to cause issues in a pregnant woman potentially

  • Eat your veggies

  • Try to eat five or six times a day while following the recommendations for a balanced meal.

  • Limit caffeine

  • Drink water! At least six 8-oz glasses per day

  • Avoid drugs that have not been okayed by your physician and stay away from alcohol

  • Avoid traveling in the early or late stages of pregnancy

  • Avoid changing the cat litter as changing the litter can be a cause of toxoplasmosis

  • No smoking! And do your best to avoid secondhand smoke

  • Practice relaxation techniques (this becomes very important when you are in labor)

  • See your dentist – pregnancy has been known to cause issues with teeth

As always, you can contact our office for any questions you may have.

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