Prenatal Care Checklist

It is important to take the health of you and your baby into consideration as early as possible. The following outline is a guide to help you become as healthy as possible. This will insure that you have a healthy pregnancy. The most important thing, of course, is that you have as healthy a child as possible.

Stop Bad Habits Now

Quit smoking, drinking alcohol, or using any illicit drugs immediately. Each of these personal habits has been proven and documented to cause harm to you and your unborn child.

Exercise Regularly

Avoid lifting anything that is heavy. Exercise at least 3 times weekly for 30 minutes or more each time that you exercise. If you were already exercising before you became pregnant, then you should be able to continue your normal exercise routine. However, you will want to avoid any contact sports or activities that risk falling or putting pressure on your abdomen.

Pay Attention to Nutrition

Eat healthy. A daily regimen of meals that include fruits, vegetables, grains. Make sure that your food choices are low in saturated fat.

Take Prenatal Vitamins

Folic acid is very important. You need at least .4mg (400 mcg) a day. Eating well-balanced meals is an easy way to get the bulk of the vitamins your body need. However, be safe and supplement your diet with a prenatal vitamin. It is also important to drink milk as well. There is also more of a need for Calcium during pregnancy.

Avoid These Things

  • caffeine
  • hot tubs and saunas
  • insecticides
  • outdoor cats
  • soft cheeses
  • uncooked or undercooked meats
  • x-rays

Continue Good Prenatal Care

Make sure to start your prenatal care early and continue your prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. It is your doctor’s job to make sure that your pregnancy is the best that it can possibly be.