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
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.