Keeping Your Baby and You Healthy

Staying healthy is more than just a benefit to you — it's a benefit to your baby, too.

Now that you're pregnant, you may need to adjust your lifestyle to ensure your health and comfort during pregnancy and the health of your baby. You should start making these lifestyle changes as soon as you find out that you're pregnant.

  • Avoid alcohol and all beverages containing caffeine.
  • Avoid eating raw meat.
  • Avoid handling cat litter. Cat litter contains an organism called toxoplasma that can harm you and your baby. Avoid cleaning the litter box, being in the same room when it is cleaned and gardening in soil frequented by cats. You don't have to get rid of your cat, just remember to wash your hands after you hold him/her.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of liquids every day. The latest recommendation from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists states that a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds is a healthy goal during pregnancy. Drink at least two quarts — eight glasses — of liquid each day.
  • If you experience nausea — which usually occurs during the first trimester — try the following tips to alleviate it: eat several small meals, keep crackers or dry toast near you at all times and eat these when you feel nauseated, limit high-fat foods, limit spicy foods and take time to sit down for meals. Eating on the run leads to stress and stress can cause nausea.
  • Sexual intercourse is okay as long as you are not bleeding or have other complications. Avoid intercourse if you suspect your water has broken, you are spotting or are having prelabor symptoms.
  • Start taking prenatal vitamins. If you do not have a prescription, you can purchase over-the-counter prenatal vitamins from your pharmacy.
Find a San Diego OBGYN
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego OBGYN or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For More OBGYN, Pregnancy and Childbirth Information
To find general information about pregnancy and childbirth, visit Pregnancy and Childbirth in Adult Health or read the Pregnancy and Childbirth News archive.