During Your Pregnancy: How to Feel Good

Healthy Pregnancy Handbook | Winter 2010

It’s normal to feel a little nervous throughout your pregnancy. Knowing how to stay healthy and protect your little one can help calm your nerves. Try these tips:

  • Schedule regular checkups. Each visit is important—even if you feel fine.
  • Don’t take any medicine unless your doctor says it is safe. Aspirin and some herbal products, dietary supplements, and prescription drugs could harm you or your baby.
  • Keep habits that are good for you, like not smoking and avoiding alcohol and illegal drugs. Also try to avoid people who are smoking. Secondhand smoke is harmful, even when your baby is in the womb.
  • Stay active. Moderate exercise, like walking, may help you sleep better; combat backache, constipation, and swelling; and endure labor pains. Talk with your doctor before starting an activity.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice on how much weight you should gain during pregnancy.

PMC Nurse-Family Partnership
Specially trained nurses provide free in-home visits to program-eligible mothers, teaching prenatal and infant care, as well as parenting and lifestyle skills. Please call 570-426-1688 or visit PoconoMedicalCenter.org.

The editorial content of this online publication is taken from the print version of Healthy Pregnancy published by Pocono Medical Center.

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