ABCs of a Healthy Pregnancy - Pregnancy & Baby Plus

R Remember to babyproof your home. Get down on all fours for a baby's eye view so you don't miss potential dangers unseen to adult eyes. Cut looped window blind cords to avoid strangulation. Make electrical outlets safe with plastic plugs. Secure furniture to prevent it from falling on baby. Install stair gates '- top and bottom '- to prevent your curious crawling baby from taking a tumble. And secure all kitchen cabinets and cupboards with safety locks. Your little one will thank you, especially once she's on the move.

S Saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms are no-no's for pregnant women, no matter how great they feel. Excessive heat may be harmful to your baby.

T Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by parasites that can seriously harm an unborn baby. Let someone else handle the cat litter, don't eat undercooked meat and wear gloves when gardening to fend off this infection.

U Urination: During your first trimester, the size of your uterus increases, and your kidneys become more efficient, resulting in a much more frequent urge to pee. Because your growing uterus is pressing against your bladder, you may also leak urine when sneezing, coughing or laughing. Frequent urination is normal during pregnancy, but burning urination is not. You should talk to your health care provider about burning during urination right away.

V Vaccinations are vital in preventing disease '- for everyone, including you and your baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have clear guidelines for the use of vaccines during pregnancy. Take a look at this list and discuss which vaccines you may require with your care provider.


W Weighty pregnancy issues: Being overweight or underweight can cause problems. It's best to be within 15 pounds of your ideal weight before getting pregnant, but pregnancy is no time for dieting. Your health care provider or a nutritionist who specializes in pregnancy nutrition can help you determine what and how much to eat to keep you and your baby strong without putting on too many extra pounds.


X X-rays are a no-no. If you absolutely need dental work or diagnostic tests, tell your dentist or doctor that you're pregnant so he or she can take extra precautions.


Y You are very important to your baby. Show her that you love her too by giving her a healthy environment in which to develop during your pregnancy.


Z Zzzs: Sleep is key for your health and your baby's. Resting on your left side whenever possible provides the best circulation to your baby and can help reduce swelling.




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