Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

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When you become pregnant, you want to provide the very best care for your baby. Whether this is your first child or another addition to the family, proper prenatal care is essential for a healthy future.

Regular check-ups are important! Be sure and discuss your lifestyle situation, goals, exercise and eating habits with your doctor, as every pregnancy is different. Here are some tips for a healthy pregnancy:

Eat healthy.
You’re eating for two bodies now, not just one, and nutrition is important to your baby’s growth. Create a healthy plan with your doctor and don’t let cravings get out of control.

Be mindful of gestational diabetes.
Be cautious if you have a family history of gestational diabetes and be sure to share any symptoms with your doctor. Diabetes can develop even if you didn’t have it before you were pregnant.

Exercise.
If you were active before your pregnancy, stay active as long as your doctor advises it. If you didn’t exercise before, there’s no time like the present! There are hundreds of safe exercises you can do at the gym, at home or with another group of moms. You can lift weights, jog, stretch, practice yoga and so much more. Talk with your doctor about the best options.

Emotional Support.
The right support system is key to a happy, healthy pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about your support system and ensure that you’re receiving the right amount of emotional support from friends, family and your community. There are resources that can help.

For more information on a healthy pregnancy, visit heart.org.

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