Your body is going to go through a ton of changes during the 9 months of pregnancy. You need to give it the fuel it needs to build your perfect little baby. You and your partner should aim to eliminate unnecessary prescription drugs (talk to your doctor first) as well as over-the-counter medicines such as, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin. DO take vitamins. A prenatal vitamin from the drug store will be just fine. It will contain the appropriate amounts of folic acid, vitamin D, calcium and B vitamins for pregnancy. Consider adding an iron supplement if your doctor agrees. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids like DHA are critical for your baby’s brain development. Your body is going to be your baby’s sole source of nutrients, so take care of yourself. Encourage your partner to take multivitamins as well.

Stop drinking alcohol, and quit smoking. We’re all aware of the dangers associated with alcohol and smoking, especially while pregnant. Coffee consumption is up for debate. Most doctors recommend one cup of coffee or less per day. The problem here is that not all cups of coffee are created equal in terms of caffeine. It may be hard to open your eyes in the morning without that precious cup of coffee, especially with older kids running around, but my advice is to cut this one out. Sorry 🙂

You’re going to gain weight. I know that doesn’t sound like fun. Try to embrace it and remember that the extra weight is necessary to nourish your precious creation. It is a natural thing. Dieting or working out too hard can have a negative impact on your fertility.

Another PSA for my babydusters 🙂

*Babydust to all*

XOXO,
Kathryn