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First trimester: Having a healthy pregnancy

  • Most of the things that make for a healthy pregnancy are the same things that make for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eat well

    Weight gain

    Where the weight goes

    Continue dental care

    Wear your seat belt

    Use only approved medicines

    Get exercise

    Pelvic tilt

    Don't smoke

    Don't drink alcohol

    Don't use drugs

    Limit caffeine

    Prevent infections to keep your unborn baby safe

    Avoid exposure to toxoplasmosis

    Avoid exposure to other infections

    Avoid getting overheated

    Avoid harmful chemicals

  • Warning

    Stop exercising and call your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms:

    • chest pain or tightness
    • rapid heart rate or breathlessness that does not go away
    • dizziness or lightheadedness
    • headache
    • nausea and vomiting
    • difficulty walking
    • uterine contractions
    • blood or fluid leaking from your vagina


    If you have a high-risk pregnancy or are at risk for preterm birth, talk with your health care provider about what activities are safe for you.