Adopt nutritious eating habits. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and leafy greens.

· Your baby does not need sugar and fat – keep that in mind.

· Stay clear of undercooked or raw meat as well as raw fish, eggs.

· Salads are very healthy and a great meal, but if you cant be sure that it was thoroughly washed, it can be dangerous, and its a no go.

· Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid strengthens the immune system and lowers the risk of having a child with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida. It’s a good idea to start prenatal vitamins while still trying to conceive, so if you haven’t started yet, stop whatever you’re doing and talk to your doctor.     

· This one is a given, but… If you’re a smoker: put down that cigarette immediately.

· Any alcohol you drink enters the fetal bloodstream from the mother’s blood. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends avoiding drinking while pregnant and while breastfeeding since there is no safe amount.

· Over the counter meds may not be safe for your baby. Keep them cupboard unless your doctor says it is ok.

· If you follow a specif diet or have any dietary restrictions, just make sure the doctor knows about it.

• Sleep well, if not for you, for your baby and ask your loved ones to help you avoid stressful situations.

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