Many factors affect the ability to conceive, as well as giving birth to a healthy child. Being either underweight or overweight can significantly reduce your chances of falling pregnant, and can certainly increase your chances of complications during pregnancy, delivery, and immediately after the birth.
With regards to your weight gain during pregnancy, the advice will vary according to what your pre-pregnancy weight is. Anything from 10 kg’s (smaller frame) to 18 kg’s (larger frame) is acceptable, and healthy, but following a well balanced diet, and getting your partner to do so too is essential throughout your pregnancy.
Food poisoning is a big concern during your pregnancy, as it can cause problems such as toxoplasmosis. Washing your hands after touching anything, especially animals or cat litter is essential before heading into the kitchen to prepare food. Use separate chopping boards for the various different foods, and always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them.
There are many foods that you will need to avoid during your pregnancy, including types of cheese and pate that contain listeria, a bacteria that can harm your unborn baby. These include brie, camembert, and blue cheese. No raw or partly cooked fish, poultry or meat, and no fish containing mercury such as shark, swordfish and marlin, and limit the amount of tuna you eat.
Alcohol can cause low birth weights, as well as birth defects, so 2 units twice a week is the maximum you should even consider. Raw or unpasteurised milk should also be avoided, and aim at a maximum of 2 cups of coffee or 4 cups of tea per day.
While I was searching around for interesting pregnancy tips I came across this amazing ”Build your very own pregnancy calendar”, thanks to BBC Health.
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