Congratulations! You’re going to have a baby.

We encourage all new parents to have a basic understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. So, we’ve collected some commonly asked questions from women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

Remember, this is just a starting point. Make sure to consult with your physician if you have any pre-existing medical conditions and to determine the birth plan that’s right for you.

Planning & Prenatal Care

Q: What’s the first thing I should do when I find out I’m pregnant?
A: You want to be in best possible health when you are pregnant. See your doctor or other healthcare provider to start your prenatal care as soon as possible.

Q. What is prenatal care?
A: Prenatal is the medical care you receive before your baby is born. It includes regular checks-ups and tests, and advice on good nutrition, safe exercise and adequate sleep.

Q. Should I make changes to my lifestyle?

  • If you smoke, drink alcohol or take drugs, take steps to stop right away.
  • If you take any over-the-counter or prescriptions medications, talk to your doctor about what is safe and not safe during pregnancy. You may need to change your medications.
  • Eat healthy foods and take a prenatal vitamin prescribed by your health care provider.

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To Find an OBGYN Near You Call
(716) 923-7152

During Pregnancy

Q: What are the best foods to eat when I’m expecting?
A: Eating for two means eating better for you! You don’t need to eat twice as much for baby, but you should add 300 calories a day to your diet. If this is hard for you, due to nausea, try five or six small meals throughout the day. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole-grain foods.

Q: What foods I avoid before and during pregnancy?
A: Stay away from mercury-containing fish such as swordfish, tilefish and albacore tuna. (Light tuna in a can is okay in small quantities). Avoid foods such as hot dogs, smoked seafood and non-pasteurized milk and cheeses. Try to keep coffee and other caffeinated drinks to a minimum.

Q: Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
A: Exercise is good for you and your baby but you shouldn’t increase your exercise routine during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. There may be about reasons why you need to modify your routine. Walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics are safe for most women during pregnancy.

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