Nutrition is an important component to a healthy pregnancy. Throughout pregnancy, women should avoid fish high in mercury. Approximately two servings of shrimp, salmon or light tuna weekly are advised but sushi is not recommended. Women should also avoid high protein diets like Atkins. Pasteurized cheeses like Brie and Gorgonzola are okay to consume in moderation and one caffeinated drink per day is acceptable.
After the first trimester, to ensure a healthy pregnancy, women should focus on protein and vegetables, and consume fewer carbohydrates. This diet increases energy levels and helps prevent large babies and gestational diabetes. Additionally, balancing carbohydrates and proteins can reduce the risk of stillbirth, neonatal death or having a fetus small for its gestational age. Hoag is your resource for a healthy pregnancy.
Regular exercise can help with having a lower risk pregnancy and an overall healthy pregnancy. It decreases the chance of preterm labor and preeclampsia, as well as helps reduce back pain and sleeping issues women often experience during pregnancy.
Prenatal yoga, swimming, walking, stationary bike and the elliptical are all good exercise options during pregnancy. If a patient already has an exercise regimen in place, she can continue her program but should avoid core exercises after 20 weeks. Maximum heart rate is not as important as being able to carry on a conversation while exercising. Sexual intercourse is also healthy throughout the entire pregnancy.
Be sure to consult your doctor for specific questions you may have to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
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