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Staying Healthy

There’s much you can do to stay healthy during your pregnancy.

  • Start by eating five or six small, well-balanced meals and drinking eight to 10 glasses of fluid each day, preferably water and nutritious, low-fat, low-calorie beverages.
  • Take your daily prenatal vitamin as directed by your obstetrician or midwife.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep.
  • Remember to exercise, like walking 15 to 20 minutes a day, which is great for your overall health and helps reduce stress.
  • Take care of your feet. Wear comfortable shoes, and put your feet up throughout the day to help reduce swelling.
  • Always wear your seatbelt. Position the shoulder portion over your collarbone and the lap portion under your abdomen.
  • Contact your obstetrician or midwife before you take any over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies.
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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