Most women can travel safely until close to their due date. Commonly, women travel in the greatest comfort during the second trimester (14-28 weeks). Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to 36 weeks. Check with the airline for specific guidelines. Airport security scans are not harmful in pregnancy. If you travel by land or air take extra steps for your comfort and safety. Travel is not advised for high risk pregnancies. Ask your provider if you are unsure if travel is safe for you.
Moderate exercise in pregnancy is encouraged if you are healthy and your pregnancy is proceeding normally. At least 30 minutes of moderate exercise is recommended on most, if not all, days of the week. Regular exercise can help you cope with the physical changes of pregnancy and build stamina for the challenges ahead.
Most women can continue working during pregnancy. To stay healthy and productive on the job, understand how to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts.
As long as you are comfortable, most sexual positions are OK during pregnancy. Sex is an important part of loving relationships. Most women can safely have sex during pregnancy. However, certain pregnancy complications, or complications you may have had in previous pregnancies, can make sex unsafe. Be sure to discuss this with your provider if you are unsure whether sex is appropriate. If you ever have heavy bleeding, painful cramping, or are leaking amniotic fluid please contact your provider or report to the emergency room.
Understanding what foods to avoid during pregnancy can help you make the healthiest choices for you and your baby.
You only need about 300 extra calories per day to support the growth and development of your baby. Don't ever try to lose weight during a pregnancy. How much weight gain is desirable depends on your pre-pregnancy height and weight. You should discuss this with your doctor at your first prenatal visit. Being overweight or gaining too much weight can cause several complications including a higher chance of having a cesarean section. Losing weight or not gaining enough weight can increase the chance of your baby being born too small or too early.
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