Care During Pregnancy- Do’s and Don’ts

If you smoke, quit: Smoking raises your risk of a host of problems, including miscarriage and preterm birth. It also slows fetal growth and increases the risk of stillbirth and infant death. Its never too late to cut down your smoking, the less you smoke the more your baby will be healthy.
Stop Drinking Alcohol: As little as one drink a day can raise the odds of low birth weight as well as your child’s risk of problems with learning.
Cut Down on Caffeine: High caffeine consumption to miscarriage and other pregnancy problems.
Fluids: Drink Fresh juice and water .Drink at least 6-8 glass of water per day, makes sure your water is boiled and clean. Carry your own water bottle whenever you are out or buy from reputed brand (make sure bottle is sealed).
Avoid hazardous foods: It is important to avoid foods that could contain bacteria, parasites, or toxins – including under cooked meat, unpasteurized soft cheeses, anything that contains raw eggs, sushi made with raw fish, raw oysters and other shellfish, fish that’s high in mercury, and raw sprouts. Use caution with deli-style salads, hot dogs and luncheon meats, and smoked meats and meat spreads.
Eat healthy Food: Milk and dairy products like skimmed milk, yogurt/curd, buttermilk, cottage cheese; Cereals, whole grains, dals, pulses and nuts; Vegetables and lots of fruits.
No stress: Try not to take any kind of Stress as it can harm your baby’s growth, do little exercise and meditation to avoid stress. Do things which make you feel happy and relax.  
Sleep well: You will feel exhausted during pregnancy so it is good idea to sleep early and well, do complete your sleep and rest time to time.
Do to doctor: Never miss your appointments with your doctor and do get a checkup if your feel anything uncertain. See your baby and talk to him/her everyday as infant start identifying their mother’s voice even when they are not born.
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