- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Mar 28 2017
Do’s and Don’ts for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Do make sure that you have been vaccinated against infectious diseases that are dangerous to the embryo and foetus, such as rubella, before you get pregnant. Most vaccination are not safe during pregnancy.
- Do see a doctor as soon as you suspect that you are pregnant, and continue to get regular medical checkups throughout pregnancy.
- Do eat a well-balanced diet and take vitamin-mineral supplements, as prescribed by your doctor, both prior to and during pregnancy. Gain 25 to 30 pounds gradually.
- Do obtain literature from your doctor, local library and book store about prenatal development and care, and ask questions about anything that concerns you.
- Do keep physically fit through moderate exercise. If possible, join special exercise class for expectant mothers.
- Do avoid emotional stress. If you are a single parent, find a relative or friend you can count on for emotional support.
- Do get plenty of rest. An overtired mother is at risk for pregnancy complications.
- Do enrol in a parental and childbirth education class with your partner or other companion. When parents know what to expect, the nine months before the birth can be one of the most joyful times of life.
- Don’t take any drugs without consulting your doctor.
- Don’t smoke. If you have already smoked during part of your pregnancy, cut down or, better yet quit. If other members of your family smoke, ask them to quit or smoke outside.
- Don’t drink alcohol from the time you decide to get pregnant.
- Don’t engage in activities that might expose your embryo or foetus to environmental hazards, such as radiation or chemical pollutants. If you work in an occupation that involves these agents, ask for a safer assignment or leave or absence.
- Don’t engage in activities that might expose your embryo or foetus to harmful infectious diseases, such as toxoplasmosis.
- Don’t choose pregnancy as a time to go on a diet.
- Don’t gain too much of weight during pregnancy. A very large weight gain is associated with complications.
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