– Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, try to do some physical activity for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week. If you are pressed for time, you can get your activity by at least walking to the bus stop or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Swimming is a great exercise for both before and during pregnancy as it doesn?t put any direct force on your body yet strengthens your muscles and improves overall fitness.
– Medications – Review all your medications with your doctor, including any over-the-counter and prescription medications and ask if it is safe to keep taking them while you are trying to conceive and during pregnancy.
– If you have a cat, do not handle the cat litter. It can carry toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can cause birth defects. Wear gloves while gardening in areas where cats may visit.
– Don’t eat uncooked or undercooked meats or fish.
– If you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs, STOP. These can cause long-term damage to your baby. Talk with your doctor about steps to take to stop smoking. Talk with a member of a counselor, a trusted friend, or your doctor if you are concerned about your alcohol or drug use.
– Stay away from toxic chemicals like insecticides, solvents (like some cleaners or paint thinners), lead, and mercury. Most dangerous household products will have pregnancy warnings on their labels.
– Avoid spas, saunas, and x-rays. (Most medical officers will ask you if you are pregnant before commencing any x-rays)
– Limit or eliminate your caffeine intake from coffee, tea, sodas, medications, and chocolate.
– Get informed – read books, watch videos, and talk with experienced mums.