Bun in the oven?

There has got to be something in this Utah water!  I’ve probably heard the high shrill, squeaky voice of one of my friends telling me, “We’re pregnant!”  more in the last four months than I have in my lifetime!   I just think better you than me! 🙂  That’s always followed up by, “Sure I’ll babysit (as I quietly think to myself I’ll load you’re kid up on enough sugar that he won’t come down from his hyper high for about a week) but sure, send them my way, I’ll watch them!”

I’m kidding….well partially.

If you are expecting, congratulations!  This is an exciting time for you!  I’m sure you probably have a bazillion questions running through your mind, can I eat that?  Can I do that?  Can I smell that?  Can I be around that?

And of course you always have those friends that think they’re the experts.  You know the ones who are always questioning everything you do and looking at you with their all-judging eye.  Yeah, you know the ones.

Instead of relying on the “expertise” of your friends, rely on the expertise of Dr. Nathan Ward an OB/GYN extraordinaire from Lakeview OB/GYN Clinic in Bountiful.  With more than 20 years experience and hundreds of successful deliveries, Dr. Ward gave me the scoop on the need-to-know facts about being pregnant.

Nutrition

A sensible, proportionate diet is the best thing for you and your baby. This diet should include healthy choices of grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat or non-fat dairy products, lean meats and beans.  The foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby, and it’s especially important to have good sources of protein, iron, calcium and folic acid.

Other important things to avoid during pregnancy are alcohol and excessive amounts of caffeine. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy; caffeine appears to be safe when consumed in moderate amounts, such as 200 mg per day (equivalent to a 12 oz. of coffee).

Exercise

It is recommended that healthy pregnant women get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity per week (roughly 20 minutes per day). There are several benefits of staying active during your pregnancy, some of which include:

  • Can ease and prevent aches/pains of pregnancy such as constipation, varicose veins, back aches, and exhaustion
  • Better prepares you for labor and delivery, and you recover more quickly
  • May lower the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy
  • May improve sleep during pregnancy
  • Can make it easier for you to return to a healthy weight after delivery

The best types of activity for pregnant women are low-impact, moderate-effort activities like walking, swimming, cycling or low-impact aerobics. You should avoid doing high-impact exercise or any exercise at an altitude higher than 6,000 feet. Be sure you are always balanced well, and do not exercise on your back after the first trimester.

Medicines/Herbs

Many medicines and herbs are known to cause problems during pregnancy. If you are unsure about taking medicine while you are pregnant, check with your doctor, who can give you recommendations and guidance. Always speak with your doctor before starting or stopping any medicine.

Environmental Risks

During pregnancy, you should avoid exposure to:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Arsenic
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents
  • Cigarette Smoke

Smoking

Do not smoke, or quit if you already do. Smoking is not only harmful to your own health, it can affect the health of your baby. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to miscarry, and also put their babies at risk of birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

 

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