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If you have been exercising - that's great. Continue. If you haven't been exercising - start slowly, try walking for 10 minutes five times per week. Gradually increase to 40 minutes per day.

   · Exercise is important, unless your health care provider has advised you against it.
   · If you find yourself out of breath, decrease the intensity.
   · You sweat more during pregnancy, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
   · Work longer, not harder. Forty minutes of walking at a moderate pace is
     better than 10 minutes of fast walking if your out of breath.
   · After your 5th month, avoid exercising on your back, as this decreases blood
     flow to you and your baby.
   · Avoid any exercise that could cause you to fall. As your baby grows,
     your center of gravity changes.

   · Walking
   · Cycling
   · Hiking
   · Yoga
   · Swimming
   · Low-impact aerobics

Traveling by car, bus, or airplane is safe for healthy pregnant women.

   · Wear your seat belt.
   · Drink lots of fluids, avoid caffeine.
   · Pack a nutritious snack and water.
   · Plan to get up, use the bathroom, and walk around every 2 hours.
   · Each airline has different rules about how late in pregnancy a
     woman may fly. You may need a doctor's note in your third trimester.

Sex is safe and does not harm the baby unless we tell you otherwise.
You may Feel
   · Very sexy and attractive
   · That the baby is watching
   · Very unattractive
   · Guilty
   · Awkward
   · Uncomfortable
As pregnancy progresses, be creative with position changes. Gentle hugs or caresses can be a sweet substitute for intercourse.

However, do not have sex if you have.
   · Vaginal or abdominal pain.
   · Blood or fluid leaking from your vagina
   · Been advised against it by your provider

Some women feel a bit queasy in early pregnancy. The rapid increase in hormones causes nausea (morning sickness). It may occur any time, day or night, lasting minutes, hours, or all day. This is draining, yet usually improves the 2nd trimester. What can you do
   · Eat small, frequent meals (every 2-3 hours)
   · Carbohydrate rich foods such as crackers, toast, potatoes or cereal tend to
      digest easily and can help ease nausea
   · Serve food either very warm or very cold
   · Avoid greasy or fatty foods
   · Try small amounts of a single food - add varieties as you feel better
   · Avoid highly seasoned food
   · Weak tea, giner tea, very cold carbonated drinks, fruit juices, and crushed
      ice or ice-pops, may sit easier on your stomach
   · Try not to eat and drink at the same meal - sip fluids between meals
   · Sit upright after meals

Try these to settle your stomach
   · Ginger cookies, ginger ale, or ginger tablets
   · Cut-up fruit, such as watermelon or cantaloupe
   · Flavored Popsicles.
   · Mix equal parts of water and juice. (try 1 tsp every 5 minutes until you can take
     larger sips.)
   · Melba toast,dry bagel,dry toast.
   · Vitamin B-6, 50 mg, 2-times each day.
   · Sea bands may help.

Smoking, Alcohol, Recreational Drugs

All of these increase the risk of miscarriage, bleeding, smaller babies, premature babies, developmental delays, and other serious complications. Once you know that you're pregnant, it is best to stop them completely. Talk to your health care provider if you need help.

Fish that may contain mercury - Shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, and fish from local rivers or lakes. Limit all fish, including canned tuna, to less that 12 oz each week, Shellfish, if cooked properly, is not considered harmful.

Aspirin or non-aspirin pain medications (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil) - These may cause bleeding or complications for the baby. Tylenol (Acetaminophen) is generally considered safe. Some times aspirin will be recommended for certain conditions.

Caffeine - Reduces the calcium that is available for the baby.

Artificial sweeteners - Not enough is known about their effects. Occasional use is considered safe.

Listen to the body

When you are near the end of your amazing journey, it is normal to have mixed feelings about the birth process, meeting your baby, and how you will recover. Be sure to discuss when to go to the hospital with your doctor or midwife.

Call your provider or go to the hospital
   · Your contractions have been coming 5 minutes apart for at least 1hour and you
     can not walk or talk through your contractions.

   · Your water bag has broken


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