If you are a woman of childbearing age, it is important to take care of your body at all times, and be as healthy as possible. Once you become pregnant your body will go through many changes. A full-term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, or 10 months from conception to delivery; during this time, there are some things you can do to make sure that you and your baby are healthy.
Take prenatal vitamins/minerals: Keep in mind that prenatal vitamins are not meant to replace a healthy diet; they are a supplement.
During your pregnancy, you may experience nausea, vomiting and mood swings as your hormone levels change.
Many women become hungrier than usual when pregnant. The average weight gain should be between 25 and 30 pounds. To avoid gaining extra weight during pregnancy:
Foods to limit:
o Do not eat shark, swordfish, tilefish or mackerel that may contain mercury.
o Eat 12 ounces or less of shrimp, salmon, canned light tuna, pollock and catfish. These fish are less likely to contain mercury.
o Do not eat more than 6 ounces of albacore white tuna or tuna steak per week.
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