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20 Basic Tips to a Healthy Pregnancy:

  1. QUIT SMOKING!
  2. Change your eating habits to include a variety of fruits, vegetables and proteins.
  3. Add 300-500 calories a day to your daily intake.
  4. Visit a few doctors before deciding who is right for you (it may be too late to change later.)
  5. Reduce your caffeine intake as much as possible. Replace coffee with herbal tea.
  6. Take your prenatal vitamin daily.
  7. Take folic acid every day, check with your doctor for exact dosage.
  8. Get your doctor’s permission to take up prenatal exercise or yoga.
  9. Rub cocoa butter on your tummy, thighs and breasts daily to help avoid or minimize stretch marks.
  10. Get plenty of sleep and avoid sitting and standing for long periods to ensure proper blood circulation.
  11. Sleep on your left side to improve baby’s blood flow with pillows supporting your back and stomach.
  12. Educate yourself by reading up on pregnancy and parenting whenever you can.
  13. Brush and floss twice daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  14. Keep track of your nutrition and body’s changes in a pregnancy journal (don’t forget to take pictures every month!).
  15. Drink 6 glasses of water a day.
  16. Use natural, non-medicinal ways to sure nausea, heartburn and constipation.
  17. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes at all times. Ensure you’re not wearing anything tight on your belly or neck.
  18. Stretch your legs before you go to bed to avoid cramps.
  19. Discuss and write a birth plan with your doctor and husband.
  20.  Learn about the signs of premature labor.
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