Prenatal Care

A healthy pregnancy helps to support the development and wellbeing of your baby and his or she’s future health. To achieve a healthy pregnancy the following information will provide you with some key ideas of ways to achieving it.

Diet Exercise Work hazards

You can continue to eat normally before and after pregnancy. A well-balanced and varied diet is sufficient, including a healthy eating regime of regular meals and snacks.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy

To avoid the foods known to increase the risk of developing food poisoning,

  • Cheeses, Pâté, raw or partially cooked eggs, raw or undercooked meat or fish and raw shellfish.
Caffeine – Current recommendations suggest that pregnant women should have no more than 300 mg of caffeine per day, which is equivalent to four cups of coffee, six cups of tea or eight cans of cola.

During pregnancy, you may find yourself more prone to physical and mental fatigues. The reason why is because that women gain an average of 2 stone during pregnancy, your muscles and posture will be put under pressure to work extra hard than before, and you may feel the physical strain of things, but through regular exercises it will help you to cope better. Also attending moms-to-be exercise classes it will be a good opportunities to meet other mom’s in the area!

Enjoyable and safe exercises:

  • Exercises in water
  • Soft exercise routines
  • Cycling – I.e. exercise bike
During pregnancy you should avoid workplaces that could be potentially hazardous, such as exposed to X-rays, toxic chemicals or lifting heavy weight objects. This is because pregnancy affects the way your body’s muscles operate. It also has a direct effect on your blood circulation and your posture which may all affect later on in your pregnancy, such as back pain or even miscarriage. The majorities of the work places are relatively safe, but if in doubt please consult your Health and Safety Department for more advises.
Weight Control Cigarettes and drugs Check ups
Optimum weight gain in pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy weight. The baby is only a small part of the weight gain; the rest is an increase in the mother's fat stores which provide an energy reserve for later breastfeeding. If you are less active during the last few months of pregnancy, you may not need much extra food, because you are not consuming as much energy.

Alcohol – heavy drinking during pregnancy can harm an unborn child, there is evidence that it is associated with birth defects and lower birth weight.

Stop smoking – smoking during pregnancy can have devastating effects on your baby’s growth and development. Smoking also more than doubles the risk of still birth.

See a doctor as soon as you have found out about your pregnancy, in order to receive medical care. The sooner you start to receive the care, the better your chances that you and your baby will be healthy.