Physical Health

Weight gain. Headaches. Waddling. Fatigue. There are so many physical changes that occur during pregnancy, it can be hard to keep up with all of them! While these somewhat unpleasant changes will likely occur as you near the end of your pregnancy, there are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy and feeling as good as possible.

For optimal health, it's good to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and dairy products. Speak to your doctor about taking prenatal multi-vitamins or other supplements. Try to get lots of sleep, take life a bit slower and try to relax and enjoy your friends and family as much as you can. When spending time with friends and family, however, cut out any alcohol or substance use as no amount of alcohol, drugs or nicotine is safe during pregnancy.

Pregnant women can benefit from getting exercise every day. In fact, many experts say that active pregnant women are more prepared for birthing – so continue to walk the dog and go to the gym. As your body changes, you may need to adjust your regular exercise routine to ensure your health and safety. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about your exercise routine.

Many pregnant women do not know that they should also keep a close eye on their dental health. It's a good idea to make an appointment to see your dentist (usually in the first or third trimester) to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. Your dental health is linked to your overall health and the health of your baby so it's very important to speak to your dentist, just don't forget to tell her that you are pregnant so she can adjust your treatment if necessary. Once your dentist knows you are pregnant, she will be able to discuss any dental health or treatment concerns you may have.