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Five surprising pregnancy rules

You may not have heard these important pieces of advice for having a healthy pregnancy.
Some pregnancy advice like “don’t drink or smoke” we’ve all heard before. But there are tips for having a healthy pregnancy you may not know. Here are five rules that might surprise you.
Don’t eat for two.
Despite the saying that pregnant women are “eating for two,” you should not be eating twice as much during pregnancy.
If you start at a healthy weight, you need an average of only 300 extra calories per day throughout pregnancy to fuel your baby’s growth and keep yourself healthy.
That’s the amount of calories in an apple with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, or a glass of skim milk with 15 baby carrots and 5 tablespoons of hummus.
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy makes you more likely to have a big baby, which can make delivery rougher on both of you. It also makes you more likely to have a c-section.
Talk to your caregiver about what your weight gain goal should be.
Sleep on your side.
Starting early in pregnancy, it’s a good idea to get used to side-sleeping.
That’s because once you reach your second trimester, lying flat on your back can cause your growing uterus to compress a large vein called the vena cava.
When this important vein gets compressed, it can affect your blood circulation. You might even experience a drop in blood pressure and feel dizzy or nauseated.
Sleeping on your side helps prevent these problems.
If you’re only comfortable on your back, try leaning onto a pillow placed behind you. This position should give you the benefits of sleeping on your side with the support of sleeping on your back.
Beware of the litter box.
Cat feces can spread a parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis. If you get toxoplasmosis when you’re pregnant, it can cause problems for your baby like mental or motor delays, blindness, or even stillbirth.
The infection can also come from other sources, like contaminated foods. So cooking and washing food properly is even more important than usual.
If you have a cat, have someone else change the litter box. If that’s not an option, use gloves and wash your hands thoroughly afterward. Changing the litter daily is best since the parasite doesn’t become infectious until one to five days after it leaves the cat.
Keep your kitty off the kitchen counter and wash your hands after petting him.
Also be careful when gardening or handling soil or sand where cats may have pooped. Use gloves outdoors and wash your hands well.
Keep up with oral care.
Brush, floss, and get regular dental care. This is particularly important during pregnancy because hormonal shifts can make you more susceptible to gum disease.
Many pregnant women become more sensitive to the bacteria in plaque, leading to swollen, bleeding, and tender gums � a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.
Untreated gingivitis can develop into a more serious form of gum disease that affects the bone and other tissues that support your teeth.
If you’ve noticed any changes in your oral health or if you haven’t visited your dentist in the past six months, schedule a checkup and teeth cleaning right away.
Most dental care can be done safely during pregnancy, but let them know you’re pregnant so they can take appropriate precautions.
Get your shots.
First, the flu shot. Pregnancy can make you more vulnerable to flu complications, like pneumonia, that can make you very sick and increase the chance of preterm labor. A flu shot is your best protection.
The shot won’t hurt your baby. In fact, getting a flu shot during pregnancy can protect your baby from the flu after birth, when he’s too young to get the shot himself.
Get vaccinated as early in flu season as possible. You can get the shot safely during any trimester.
In the second half of pregnancy, get the Tdap vaccine, which protects against three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is contagious and can be fatal for babies under a year old. It can result in months of coughing, cracked ribs from severe coughing spells, pneumonia, and other complications.
The Tdap vaccine will protect both you and your baby until he’s old enough to get the shot himself, and is recommended for everyone who has contact with young babies.


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