Pregnancy Awareness Week 11-15

The Department of Health uses this time to strengthen pregnancy education and stress important issues that promote a healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood.

Prenatal Vitamins:
Prenatal Vitamins are available over the counter at most stores. It’s important you get essential nutrients, like folic acid, calcium, and iron. These nutrients help with the development of the brain and spinal cord of your baby.

Eating a Healthy diet:
It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet during your pregnancy, try to eat 6 small healthy meals during the day. Do not skip breakfast, if you are feeling sick try eating whole wheat toast. Eat more food later in the morning.

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre, like carrots, beans, bananas, corn, peas, pears, etc. Also choose healthy snacks such as yoghurt or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese.

Do not eat uncooked or under cooked meats. Avoid soft cheeses like feta and goat cheese. You should also try to limit your caffeine intake.

Stay Hydrated :Drink plenty of water, 8 glasses a day.

Avoid unhealthy substance
No alcohol, smoking or drugs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Exercise :  Staying active is important for your health. It improves circulations, boost your mood and help you sleep better. You can join pregnancy exercise classes or walk for 15 – 20 minutes every day at a moderate pace.

Know when to call your doctor or go to the hospital
When you’re pregnant your body will go through many changes. You might feel small aches or cramps, and you might not know what is normal and what is not.

If you have the following symptoms you should contact your healthcare practitioner:
Pain of any kind, strong cramps, contractions at 20 minute intervals, vaginal bleeding or leaking of fluid, dizziness or fainting, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, constant nausea and vomiting, trouble to walk or swelling of joints, decreased activity by the baby. Talk to your healthcare practitioner for more information.

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