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A healthy pregnancy, a healthy you
Getting on track for a healthy pregnancy is easier than you think. Here are 10 easy steps you can take to improve your baby's health and your own.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
A stir-fry is a great way to get a rainbow of vegetables into your meals.
Stay hydrated at work
Keep a tall glass or bottle of water handy, and refill it often.
Deal with cravings
Keep a stash of healthy snacks, such as dried apricots, almonds, fresh fruit, and granola bars, at work.
Keep on moving
Regular exercise can help you cope with the physical and emotional demands of being pregnant. Swimming and water aerobics classes are great options.
Eat some foods with caution
Some soft and blue cheeses, undercooked or precooked meat, and certain kinds of fish are pregnancy no-nos. But hard-boiled eggs are a great source of essential vitamins.
Take folic acid supplements
Folate, the naturally occurring type of folic acid, is found in green vegetables, oranges, and beans, but you'll need a supplement to get enough to keep your baby healthy for the first 3 months of your pregnancy.
During your lunch break, try yoga, deep-breathing exercises, stretching, or taking a short walk.
Get some sleep
Getting and staying comfortable in bed may be one of your biggest challenges during pregnancy. Try lying on your left side, and use extra pillows if you need them.
Cut out alcohol
Try booze-free alternatives, such as sparkling apple juice or fruit-packed smoothies.
Cut back on or cut out caffeine
Have no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is about one cup of brewed coffee, four cups of black tea, or two cans of an energy drink. Try decaffeinated versions or learn to love herbal teas.