Self Care During Pregnancy

It’s important that you make an extra effort to take care of your self and your body during pregnancy. Here are some helpful tips.

  • Take prenatal vitamins with a meal
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water
  • Do not try to lose weight during your pregnancy
  • Get plenty of calcium through foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, and fortified juices
  • Get plenty of iron – meat is a good source of this (see your doctor for other choices if you are a vegetarian)
  • To help manage nausea, eat small meals, keeping something in your stomach at all times. Make sure to stay hydrated. Nausea usually subsides after the first trimester.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Try to quit smoking
  • Get plenty of rest – naps can help
  • Do not take any medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor