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Staying Healthy During Pregnancy

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

  • Approximately 300 extra calories are needed daily to maintain a healthy pregnancy.

  • Public health guidelines for pregnant women recommend moderate exercise or activity for approximately 150 minutes per week. Speak with your health care provider to assess what types of exercise are best for you during pregnancy.

  • During the first trimester of pregnancy, your baby is most susceptible to damage from substances, like alcohol, drugs and certain medicines, and illnesses, like rubella (German measles).

  • It’s more common than people realize to have a pregnancy classified as high risk. Some reasons why a pregnancy may receive this designation include high blood pressure, multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.), gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and advanced maternal age (over 40).

  • While multiples only make up a small amount of total births in the United States, the rate of twins has risen 70 percent since 1980. If you are having a twin pregnancy, it’s important to educate yourself about increased nutritional needs, more frequent prenatal visits and the different types of delivery.

Discovering that you’re pregnant is an exciting and joyous time, filled with planning and anticipation for your baby’s future. It can also be a time filled with questions and concerns — pregnancy leads to many changes in your body, as well as that of your growing fetus. With all of these changes, it’s important to stay healthy and work with your physician to find what works best for your individual pregnancy.

In this section, our experts provide general guidelines for staying healthy during pregnancy and what you can expect throughout your three trimesters.

The First Trimester

A healthy first trimester is crucial to your baby’s development. You may not be showing much on the outside yet, but on the inside, your baby’s major body organs and systems are forming.

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The Second Trimester

The second trimester marks a turning point for you and your baby. You will usually begin to feel better and start showing the pregnancy more. Your baby has developed all of its organs and systems, and will begin growing in length and weight.

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The Third Trimester

The third trimester marks the home stretch, as you prepare for the delivery of your baby. Your baby will continue to grow in length and weight.

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3 Myths About Exercise and Pregnancy

Woman jogging

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do during pregnancy. Learn the truth about safely staying active while pregnant.

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Common Tests During Pregnancy

Your health care provider may recommend a variety of screenings, imaging techniques and tests throughout the three trimesters of your pregnancy.

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Nutrition During Pregnancy

It’s important to learn the best foods for a healthy pregnancy, what foods should be avoided, and the best vitamin and mineral supplements.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

Regular exercise, with the approval of your health care provider, can help reduce physical discomforts from pregnancy and help with postpartum recovery.

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High-Risk Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Pregnant woman

Many conditions affecting a mother or her baby before, during or after pregnancy can designate a pregnancy as high risk. Learn what causes a high-risk pregnancy and how maternal-fetal medicine specialists can help.

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Medical Conditions and Pregnancy

There are certain medical conditions, whether pre-existing or those that develop during pregnancy, which may cause complications. Your health care provider will be able to help you manage these complications.

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Care and Management of Multiple Pregnancy

Pregnancy with twins, triplets or higher-order multiples may necessitate different nutritional requirements and types of delivery.

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How to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy: Answers from Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Linda Szymanski

Healthy twins

Having twins doesn’t mean you need to double everything. Discover what nutrition, medical care and support are needed to optimize your babies’ health.

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Labor

Labor is a series of continuous, progressive contractions of the uterus that lead to the delivery of your baby.

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Delivery

Your baby may be delivered vaginally or by a cesarean section, depending on your baby’s position and other medical factors determined by your health care provider.

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