What foods should I avoid?
•High mercury fish including shark, tilefish, swordfish and king mackerel. Albacore tuna should be limited to 6 oz once a week. Other fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain high-quality protein and other essential nutrients, are low in saturated fat, and contain omega – 3 fatty acids which can boost brain development. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.
•Excessive caffeine – One caffeinated beverage a day (coffee, tea, soda) is felt to be safe.
How much weight am I expected to gain?
For women starting pregnancy at a healthy weight, women can expect to gain 25-35 pounds. In the first trimester, small meals throughout the day may be needed to decrease nausea and to maintain blood sugar levels. While women should not restrict calories or diet during pregnancy, this is a great time to eat healthy and enjoy a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Can I exercise? Can I have sex?
For most women, exercise and sex are safe during the entire pregnancy. Women can see many benefits from regular exercise. Low-impact exercises such as walking and stretching can help to avoid excessive weight gain and keep a woman conditioned for labor and delivery. In general, listen to your body and avoid excessive exhaustion or over-heating. If you are experiencing bleeding or painful cramping, it is best to avoid these until speaking with your provider.
Can I go to the dentist?
Patients are encouraged to maintain good dental hygiene and see their dentists as needed. If your dentist requires a release, please call the office or speak to our office staff at your next appointment.
- Local resources:
- The Family Collection – Faith Ploude, BA, RLC, IBCLC