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10 Tips for a healthy pregnacy

You can feel wonderful during your pregnancy if you take good care of yourself. Increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy by following these sensible steps to keep yourself in top condition:

1. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need

2. Take a prenatal vitamin each day as directed by your obstetrician

3. Drink plenty of fluids -- at least eight to 10 glasses a day -- avoiding caffeine and artificial coloring

4. Don't drink alcohol

5. Don't smoke or allow yourself to be exposed to secondhand smoke

6. Exercise -- it's important for your general health and also can help reduce stress. Walk at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day at a moderate pace. walk in cool, shaded areas or indoors in order to prevent overheating

7. Get adequate sleep - at least eight hours a night. If you're suffering from sleep disturbances, take naps during the day and see your physician for advice

8. Wear comfortable, no restricting shoes and put your feet up several  times a day to prevent fatigue and swelling of the feet, legs, and ankles

9. Continue to wear a safety belt while riding in motor vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the shoulder portion of the restraint should be positioned over the collar Bone. the lap portion should be placed under the abdomen as low As possible on the hips and across the upper thighs, never above the abdomen

10. Don't take over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies without first consulting your obstetrician when the pregnancy test comes back positive, you've begun a life-altering journey.

As the baby grows and changes through each stage of pregnancy, you go through changes, too: in your body, emotions, and lifestyle. You need information to answer your questions and help you make good decisions for a healthy baby and a healthy you.