Pregnancy , Health and well-being Pregnancy Do’s & Don’ts Now that you are pregnant, there is a lot to learn and plenty to think about. You’ll get off to a flying start, however, if you follow these basic Dos and Don’ts. Do Do have a dental check-up as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed. Do drink at least 1 litre of fluid per day. Do take a folic acid supplement while pregnant to prevent neural tube defects in your baby. Do eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Do inform your employer about your pregnancy as soon as you know. Do join an antenatal class. Do carry your case notes with you all the time. Do relax or sleep as often as you can, and accept help with strenuous chores. Do wear comfortable clothing. Do let your partner participate in your pregnancy – it’s his baby, too! Don’t Don’t smoke or go to places where there is a smoky atmosphere. Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t take drugs. Don’t eat raw or undercooked meat, or dairy products made from unpasteurised milk. Don’t take medication, unless prescribed by your doctor. Don’t exercise as vigorously as you might have done before pregnancy. With pregnancy, fitness and wellbeing you should always be able to speak in a normal voice, with your heart rate not exceeding 140 beats per minute. Don’t go near children (and anyone else) with an infectious disease. Don’t get too much sun. Sunbathing lowers your blood pressure and can lead to irregular brown spots on your skin. Don’t wear your high-heels while you are pregnant. It is much easier to maintain that all-important posture on lower heels (your back muscles help support the weight of your baby). Don’t miss out on any rights and benefits during pregnancy to which you are entitled. Do you have your own Dos and Don'ts? Please leave them in the comments section below? Love this? Share, share, share ! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and our brand new Snapchat is eumom_ie. About the Author eumom team Comments Please login to leave a comment.