It is important to eat well. Make every calorie count by eating
During this trimester you need to be sure you
are getting the protein and calcium both you and your baby need.
For suggestions about getting these nutrients, see weight gain and
If you are gaining more than the recommended one-half to one
pound each week, try cutting out "empty calories."
It is important to keep exercising. The additional weight you
are carrying means you will need to adapt your routine. Use a
slower pace. You should be able to talk while you are exercising.
Be sure to warm up and cool down. Drink water throughout your
Your growing baby and belly have changed your center of gravity
and affected your balance. Consider riding a stationary bike rather
than your regular bike. Walking and swimming are good exercises.
They help reduce the swelling in your feet and ankles as well as
improve your circulation.
Be sure to do pelvic tilt or rocking exercises each day. In
addition, help reduce lower backache by wearing comfortable
low-heel shoes. If you need to stand for a length of time, move
around a bit every few minutes. Or, put one foot on a low stool or
box to help keep a pelvic tilt. Switch feet every few minutes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you talk with your health care provider about getting a Tdap shot between 27 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.
This shot will give your baby short-term protection against whooping cough until she can be vaccinated at two months old.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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