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Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Baby
To help improve your health and the health of your baby, there are two areas of focus: nutrition and exercise. Research shows that women who exercise before and during pregnancy and eat a balanced nutritional diet, have better pregnancies and better pregnancy outcomes.
Eating for Two
Consuming well balanced meals are very important. A guide for a well balanced diet can be found at: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. You should consume about 300 more calories daily than you did before becoming pregnant. These extra calories will allow your baby to grow. Pregnant women should never participate in fad or low-calorie dieting.
Follow your obstetrician’s advice regarding prenatal vitamins. It is very important to have an adequate intake (generally, 400 micrograms a day) of folic acid. It is very important to inform your physician about any supplements you may be taking, including herbal remedies. Drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily is strongly suggested to decrease your risk of dehydration.
As exercise is important at any stage of life, it is just as important when a woman is pregnant. One main focus during exercise is to not over do it. If you did not exercise before you became pregnant your obstetrician may suggest a moderate exercise plan, such as walking or swimming. Even a ten to fifteen minute exercise plan can generate energy. You should always discuss exercise plans with your physician. Avoid jumping and jarring movements. Be sure to drink plenty of water while exercising.
How Can Pomerene Help You?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your lifestyle during pregnancy, please visit Pomerene Hospital’s Maternity page for more information on the health of you and your baby.
Blog written by Hannah Jacobs, RN