Pregnancy - Lifestyle Changes

What lifestyle changes have you made during your pregnancy?

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Pregnancy Self-Care at Home

  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the pregnancy. Eat a common-sense balanced diet. Expect to gain between 25 to 35 pounds if you are of normal weight. Expect to be on weight restrictions if you are obese, and in this case you should only gain 10 to 15 pounds.
  • Do not discontinue prescribed medications without consulting a doctor, but also consult with a doctor before taking any nonprescription medications.
  • Ginger capsules (available as an over-the-counter option) may help with nausea in pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness. Talk with a doctor about other options.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illicit drugs.
  • Continue to exercise with normal routines unless the doctor advises otherwise; be sure to get adequate water intake for exercise.
  • Sexual intercourse is safe and natural during an uncomplicated pregnancy.
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