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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?

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