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1 Lifestyle and dietary advice for pregnant women Information to help you promote and protect your health in pregnancy Excellent Care with Compassion

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3 Work You should be able to continue working during your pregnancy, but your midwife will ask about your job to see whether it might involve any risks to you or your baby s health. You can find out more information from the Health and Safety Executive (www.hse.gov. uk.pubns/indg373) Information about your maternity rights and benefits can be obtained from your midwife or antenatal clinic Exercise It is important to continue to exercise during pregnancy, but some vigorous activities and contact sports may carry extra risks such as falling or straining your joints. Scuba diving should be avoided as it can cause problems in the developing baby Alcohol You should avoid alcohol for, at least, the first three months of your pregnancy as it may increase the risk of miscarriage. If you choose to drink later in your pregnancy you should drink no more than 2 units* of alcohol once a week. Getting drunk or binge drinking can harm your baby. *1 UK unit =Half a pint of beer/lager or single measure of spirits A small glass of wine contains 1.5 UK units Smoking Smoking is known to be harmful to the unborn baby. It increases the risk of miscarriage, of your baby being born too early and being underweight. Giving up smoking is one of the most important things you can do for your baby. Exposure to second hand smoke if your partner or other family members smoke can also harm your baby. You will be offered carbon monoxide monitoring to help you assess this risk. Your midwife can put you (and any other member of your family) in touch with the local Smoking Cessation Service for advice 3

4 and support. You can also phone the NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline on Cannabis The effects of cannabis on the unborn baby are uncertain, but it is thought it may be harmful. If you are using any drug or habit-forming substance please tell your midwife as soon as possible so that you and your baby can receive any necessary specialist care. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines You should use as few over-the-counter medicines as possible. Ask your pharmacist for advice if necessary. Your doctor will only prescribe medicines when the benefits to you outweigh any risks to your baby. Complementary therapies You should not assume that complementary therapies are safe and effective during pregnancy. You should check with your midwife or doctor if you wish to use these therapies Personal hygiene You are at greater risk of getting infections when you are pregnant. Hand washing and wearing clean clothes is therefore very important. If your vaginal discharge becomes coloured or smells offensive you should tell your midwife or doctor straightaway Sexual activity There is no evidence that sexual activity during pregnancy is harmful Travel When you travel by car you should always wear a three-point 4

5 seatbelt above and below your bump, not over it. If you are planning to travel abroad you should talk to your midwife or doctor about the risks of flying and any vaccinations you may need. Pregnancy may increase the risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) associated with long-haul flights. Correctly fitted compression stockings, drinking plenty of water and moving around as much as possible during the flight can help to reduce the risk. Make sure that your travel insurance cover includes pregnancy associated conditions Diet and food hygiene When you are pregnant it is important to eat a varied and healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables. Avoid high fat and sugary foods and do not eat for two. If you gain a lot of weight during your pregnancy it can be very difficult to lose afterwards. Folic acid You will be advised to take folic acid tablets (400 micrograms a day) for the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. This will reduce the risk of your baby suffering a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. In this condition, parts of the backbone do not develop properly causing damage to the spinal cord or other nerve tissue. Vitamin A You should not take vitamin A supplements in pregnancy because high levels of this vitamin can cause abnormalities in unborn babies. Avoid eating liver and products containing liver, such as pate, as they may contain high levels of vitamin A. Iron supplements You do not need to take iron supplements during pregnancy unless you are advised to do so by your doctor or midwife. Routine iron 5

6 supplements do not improve health and can have unpleasant side effects, such as constipation Vitamin D This vitamin is essential to the development of healthy bones and teeth. It is mostly obtained from sunlight and Vitamin D deficiency can be a risk if you stay indoors a lot, cover your skin when you go out, or your family origin is South Asian, Afro-Caribbean or Middle Eastern. Young women below the age of 25 also seem to be at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. A small amount of vitamin D is obtained from foods such as oily fish, eggs, and vitamin D-fortified margarine and cereals. You can increase your vitamin D intake further by taking a vitamin D supplement (10 micrograms a day) as found in the Healthy Start multivitamin supplement. Your midwife can advise you where to get this locally. You can find out more about Healthy Start at www. healthystart.nhs.uk Ramadan and fasting in pregnancy Pregnant women are excused from fasting during Ramadan. If you are being sick, or have other health problems, it is important that you do not fast Food hygiene Food hygiene is important at all times to avoid bacterial infections such listeriosis and salmonella. During pregnancy these infections could harm your unborn baby so it is also best: To make sure any milk you drink is pasteurised or UHT milk To avoid eating blue-veined cheese and mould-ripened cheeses such as Brie and Camembert To avoid eating pate To avoid eating uncooked or under-cooked ready-prepared meals To avoid eating raw or partially cooked eggs or foods that may 6

7 contain them, such as mayonnaise To avoid eating raw or partially cooked meat, especially poultry Toxoplasmosis is an infection that would not usually cause symptoms in a healthy pregnant woman but could possibly affect her unborn baby. The infection can be caught from undercooked or uncooked meat (even if it is cured), the faeces of infected cats and contaminated soil or water. To avoid infection it is best to: Wash your hands before and after handling food Wash all fruit and vegetables before eating Thoroughly cook raw meats and ready-prepared chilled meats Wear gloves when gardening or handling soil and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards Avoid contact with cat faeces (in cat litter or soil) 7

8 Sources of further information Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Please ask if you would like help in understanding this information. This information can be made available in large print and in other languages. Department: Directorate: Women s Health Production date: July 2013 Review date: July 2016 LTHTR/Tr/2013october/10 Excellent Care with Compassion

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