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Health During Pregnancy

Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant

  • Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away
  • Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina
  • Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain
  • A feeling that the baby is pushing down
  • Contractions or change in the strength or number of them
  • An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge
  • Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache
  • Blurry vision or spots before your eyes
  • Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face
  • A significant change in your baby's movements

Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms!

Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre

Last Reviewed: April 2017

Teen Pregnancy

Taking care of yourself

Blonde pregnant lady

You have just found out that you are pregnant. Caring for yourself and your baby is very important - especially now! In fact, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you stay healthy and greatly improves your chances of having a healthy baby.

You might want to consider making some changes in your lifestyle:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking and taking drugs, including street drugs and over-the-counter medications, all of which can put you and your baby at risk for a number of serious health problems. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs.
  • Eat a healthy diet according to Canada's Food Guide.
  • Limit caffeine from all sources.
  • Avoid risky sexual behaviours such as having unsafe sex.
  • Get plenty of rest.

It is important to get key nutrients and vitamins during pregnancy especially:

  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Essential Fatty Acids

It is also important to limit your intake of certain foods (e.g., caffeine) and avoid other foods (e.g., energy drinks)

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Revised: Friday December 06 2019

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