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  • PREGNANCYHEALTHY

    10 TIPS FOR A

    DR. LORI GORE-GREEN

  • Take a Multivitamin

    Taking a multivitamin will ensure that both you and your baby aregetting enough nutrients during the pregnancy with vitamins that

    may not be in your diet. Folic acid, calcium, and iron are also essentialto develop the neural cord, which becomes the brain and spinal cord.

  • Monitor Your Weight

    Purchase a scale and weigh yourself each week to avoid putting

    your baby at risk of a low weight if you gain too much. A normal

    weight gain is between 25 to 30 pounds.

  • Prepare for Delivery

    Educate yourself and prepare for delivery by taking a childbirth

    class where you'll learn what to expect after you go into labor.

    This will allow you to practice breathing exercises and even report

    birth defects that have occurred in your family history.

  • Stay Active

    Although it may be easy to slow down after becoming pregnant, it's

    important to exercise three to five times a week to maintain your weight

    and increase your blood circulation. Opt for workouts that include pilates,

    yoga, or swimming and attempt to work out for 30 minutes each day.

  • Wear Comfortable Shoes

    Wear shoes that have proper support on your feet and don't put

    you at risk of falling as you begin to carry the baby.

  • Sleep on Your Side

    Avoid putting excess pressure on your baby as you sleep at night

    by avoiding sleeping on your back or stomach. Opt for sleeping on

    your left side, which will allow more nutrients and blood to reach

    the placenta.

  • Practice Kegels

    Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by performing Kegels each

    day to support your uterus, bladder, and bowels. This will help you

    during the pushing process after you go into labor.

  • Eat Foods That Contain Folate

    To increase your health during your pregnancy, opt for consuming

    foods that are rich in folate, which will allow the neural tube to

    develop correctly and covers the spinal cord. Consume foods that

    include asparagus, orange juice, cereal, and lentils.

  • Consume Less Caffeine

    Instead of relying on coffee to get energy during your pregnancy, you

    can maintain your health by reaching for fruit instead. The natural

    sugars that are available in the food will allow you to recharge without

    consuming caffeine, which is considered to be a psychoactive drug.

  • Pay Attention to Pain

    Know when to call the doctor by paying close attention to any pain that

    you may be experiencing. Contractions at 20-minute intervals and

    strong cramps can be a cause of concern and should be evaluated by a

    medical professional.

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