Women who are pregnant naturally have increased concern over the right diet and exercise regimen that will keep both mom and baby as healthy as possible for the next nine months. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about what food or exercise women should continue or avoid.
Generally, nutrition during pregnancy is very similar to the recommended guidelines throughout a woman’s life, and many exercises are also safe during pregnancy. But here are some common rules of thumb OBGYNs at Women's Health Associates provide pregnant women.
Nutrition guidelines include:
Eat a diet rich in lean proteins, fresh vegetables and some fresh fruit
Limit fish intake to twice a week
Limit caffeine intake to twice a day
Lunch meat or hot dogs should be hot or steaming when eaten.
Avoid unpasteurized cheeses such as feta cheese, but any cheese at the grocery store that is pasteurized is safe.
Exercise guidelines include:
If you had a regular exercise routine before pregnancy, you can continue with that routine as long as you feel comfortable doing it. The only exception is body contact sports.
Note that when pregnant, especially early in the pregnancy, your tolerance for exercise may decrease. Listen to your body and slow down if necessary. Take more frequent breaks during the exercise routine, and drink plenty of water.