If your pregnant, you may be wondering about the dos and don’ts of pregnancy. I hear a lot of different concerns from clients which can lead to internet searching and even unnecessary fear and stress.
The DO LIST
DO find a care provider that you trust.
In Ontario, you have the option of either a family doctor (if they deliver babies), obstetrician or a midwife. You cannot have both a midwife and OB. You may be able to switch care providers during your pregnancy if you find they don’t agree with your wishes.
DO your research.
You have choices for your birth. Knowledge is power. Considering hiring a doula early on to help you navigate everything. See if you can tour where you are planning on delivering if it isn’t at home. If the hospital or birth centre doesn’t give tours, see if they have a virtual one online. Read books and take a childbirth education class.
Review your exercise choice first with your care provider and follow their guidance. If you are healthy, you can exercise right until you deliver! Health Canada recommends exercise of 30 minutes 3 to 4 times per week. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to exercise in a safe environment and also meeting new people in the same journey as you.
DO be intimate
Unless your healthcare provider instructs you not to, have sex. Being intimate releases oxytocin – those feel good hormones. Having sex throughout pregnancy is considered safe and your amniotic sac and muscles of the uterus, protect your baby.
DO eat well
You are taking care of yourself and baby. You will need more calories for growing a baby but only 300 to 500 more calories a day. Drink lots of fluids too – being hydrated prevents constipation.
Take naps when you need too. It can be physically and emotionally exhausting growing a superhuman.
The DON’T List
DON’T Rely on Dr. Google
This can cause lots of unnecessary anxiety and even misdiagnosed. Always seek answers from your healthcare provider, if they are readily available, call Tele-a-health.
DON’T clean the litter box
If you have a cat, have someone else clean the litter box. There is a risk of toxoplasmosis (parasite) when cleaning the box with an infected cat. This is dangerous to your baby.
DON’T eat unsafe foods
Check with your health care provider for a full list but common ones included: unpasteurized milk and cheeses, seafood high in mercury, deli meats and raw or lightly cooked eggs.
DON’T smoke or drink alcohol
This can be hard but the more calm you are, the more calm your baby is. Try yoga or meditation. Even taking a deep breath in through your nose and sighing out of the mouth can do the trick!
Trust your intuition and listen to your body. Enjoy this time of your life.