Friday, January 19, 2007

Dos, and Don'ts of Pregnancy

Myths, Dos, and Don'ts of Pregnancy WebMD 5/25/06

  • Cheeses must be pasteurized
  • Diet sodas are minimally harmful (you have to divine what this means)
  • Caffeine is fine in regular amounts - possibly harmful in higher amounts
  • "Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or golden or white snapper (tilefish) because they contain high levels of mercury"
  • Eat lots of spinach (folate and other good stuff)
  • Don't drink alcohol
  • Don't smoke
  • Stay out of nail salons
  • Don't overheat while pregnant - no hot tubs and don't overdo it while exercising
  • Have dad change litter box so mom avoids toxoplasmosis
  • Avoid chemicals related to lawns/gardens]

The article doesn't mention these but they are very important:

  • Prenatal vitamins
  • DHA (at least 500mg a day)
  • Choline (at least 550mg a day)

More info in the article. WebMD has a very nice section dedicated to pregnancy info.

And we found the book Pregnancy Do's & Don'ts by Elisabeth Aron, M.D. useful, along with Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Dr. Glade B. Curtis and Judith Schuler

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