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What are the Pregnancy Health Essentials?

Inside you a tiny little person is growing stronger and stronger every day. It’s a wonderful feeling. And a very precious time – your baby relies totally on you for its nutrition.

That’s why it’s important to look after yourself when you’re pregnant. Here are some of the main things you can do to help stay healthy during pregnancy:

Eat well

There’s a lot of information around about what you can and can’t eat during pregnancy. One of the main things to remember is to eat regularly and choose from a range of nutritious foods, such as:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Carbohydrates (bread, pasta, grains, potatoes and cereals)
  • Meat or fish, especially oily fish (remember you should avoid some types of fish, like shellfish)
  • Milk and other dairy products (remember you should avoid some types of dairy products such as blue cheese).

Take some exercise

Exercise can be very beneficial when you’re pregnant. Not only can it help to ease stress and promote good sleep, but it may also help you cope during the birth. Why not try:

  • Brisk walking
  • Swimming
  • Gentle toning or stretching classes (if you were already going to an exercise class before pregnancy, tell your instructor that you're pregnant)
  • Cycling (unless you’re in the late stage of pregnancy)

Please always remember to speak to your doctor before starting any new type of exercise.

Get plenty of rest

Ask any new parent what they miss the most and they’ll probably say sleep! So try to get lots of rest. If you’re finding it hard to get a decent night’s sleep, because you are pregnant, you could try:

  • Sleeping on your side or with a pillow between your legs.
  • Learning a relaxation technique.
  • Wearing loose cotton night clothes to prevent yourself getting too hot.
  • A relaxing bath.

This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

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