We encourage all patients to consume a properly balanced prenatal vitamin with the attention of omega 3 fatty acids starting 3 months prior to conception.
It is recommended that you review nutritional information contained in most pregnancy books early on in your pregnancy to get yourself on a path of good nutrition. Consulting a nutritionist if you have concerns may be recommended.
While pregnant, your body requires an extra 300 calories a day. This represents an additional small snack such as a half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with a half a glass of low-fat milk.
Regular exercise will benefit you in many ways. It provides you with increased energy, improves your mood, helps you to sleep better, improves flexibility and stamina needed for labor and will make it easier for you to get back in shape after the baby is born. Most forms of exercise are safe to do while pregnant. Some good choices are: Walking, Swimming, Cycling (stationary), Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, Running (when comfortable), Racquet Sports (avoid in the later months of pregnancy). Some forms of exercise that should be avoided while pregnant: Downhill skiing, any contact sports, scuba diving, any activity with an increased chance of falling.
If you experience any of the following during exercise, stop and call Athena Medical immediately: Vaginal bleeding, Dizziness or feeling fain t, Chest Pain, Muscle weakness, Calf pain or swelling, Uterine contractions, Decreased fetal movement, Fluid leaking from the vagina.