10 Things Pregnant Women Should Know

***Originally Posted On OBGYN Gal***

1.) Foods

During pregnancy do not eat unpasteurized foods (cheeses and dairy products).  Do not eat raw fish or meats.  Reheat deli or processed meat before you eat them.

2.) Flu Shots

The CDC recommends pregnant women should get a flu shot. During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is weakened and she becomes more susceptible to viruses and infections.

3.) Exercise

Exercise is alright for most healthy pregnant  women. Check with your health care provider before starting any exercise during your pregnancy.  For most healthy, pregnant women walking 30 minutes daily should be fine.  If your doctor has cleared you for exercise:
*keep your heartbeat under 140 beats per minute and no high impact exercising
*Swimming, walking, even jogging can be fine.  Yoga and pilates are also fine. You may have to modify some of your poses as the pregnancy progresses.

4.) Alcohol
No amount of alcohol has been proven to be safe in pregnancy (this includes wine).

5.) Seat Belts
Always wear seat belts during pregnancy.

6.) Folic Acid
The MOST important time to take folic acid (usually in prenatal vitamins) is in the first 3 weeks of pregnancy. If you are planning a pregnancy; start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before you are pregnant to get the most benefit.

7.) Pets
Tell your doctor if you have you have a cat(s) and assign someone else to clean the litter box. If you do have cats your health care provider may want to test you for toxoplasma, which is carried in cat feces and can harm a pregnancy.

8.) Blood Type
If you have a negative blood type you will more than likely need a shot of Rhogam during your pregnancy, including if your miscarry or terminate a pregnancy.

9.) Strep
Know your Group B Strep status. Around the 35th to the 37th week of pregnancy your health care provider will probably test you for Group B Strep.  This test detects if you are a carrier for Group B Strep.  If you are you will more than likely get antibiotics in labor.

10.) Sex
Sex is fine during most pregnancies as long as you are comfortable unless your healthcare provider tells you otherwise.

There are many more things that are important to know during pregnancy.  Please contact your health care provider for any questions or concerns that you may have.

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