Nutrition in Pregnancy
- Diet should be rich in fresh fruits, vegetables (make sure they are washed thoroughly) and well cooked meats
- Water intake should be at least 8 glasses a day
- Your body needs extra folic acid and iron, which can be obtained by taking a prenatal vitamin daily and fortified cereals
- Weight gain during pregnancy depends on pre pregnancy weight, if you are of normal weight, total weight gain recommended in pregnancy is between 25 and 35 Lbs
- Large fish such as Mackerel, Shark and Sword fish are to be avoided due to high mercury content. Shrimp, tuna, salmon and catfish have low mercury content and 2 meals per week are safe to consume.
- Foods to avoid during pregnancy: Unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, raw or undercooked meat
- https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx (online interactive diet planning program)
Travel During Pregnancy
- The best time (relatively safe) time to travel in pregnancy is between 14 and 28 weeks.
- Car travel: always wear seat belt, limit travel to 5-6 hours per day, take frequent breaks, and wear loose/comfortable clothing and foot wear.
- Flight travel: keep yourself well hydrated, take frequent walks in the cabin, always wear seat belt when seated and avoid gas-producing foods and carbonated drinks
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
- Morning sickness or sickness, nausea, vomiting and food aversions are common during the first part of pregnancy
- Tips to follow
- Get plenty of rest
- Avoid foods or smells that are bothersome
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals per day instead of 3 large meals
- Avoid spicy and fatty foods
- Eat a few crackers as soon as you awaken to settle your stomach
- Eat snacks high in protein (yogurt or milk)
- Some herbal remedies
- Ginger or ginger ale (soft drink)
How to Tell if Labor has Started
- Changes to look out for are abdominal tightening that happens at regular intervals
- Bleeding or spotting or brown mucous discharge
- Fluid leakage from the vagina (water break)
- Call your doctor if you have any of the above or concerns about your baby�s movement
This is general advice for pregnancy; you must consult the physician for any concerns and clarification.
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