Pregnancy Do’s and Don’ts


  • See your doctor regularly.
  • Continue taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods.
  • When cooking, keep raw meats, poultry, and seafood from touching other foods or surfaces and cook raw meat thoroughly. Clean, handle, cook, and chill food properly to prevent foodborne illness.
  • Wash produce before eating it.
  • Wash cooking utensils with hot, soapy water.
  • Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day.
  • Drink extra fluids, especially water.
  • Get moving! Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, physical activity is good for you and your baby.
  • Gain and maintain a healthy amount of weight.
  • Wash hands, especially after handling raw meat or using the bathroom.
  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
  • Control the stress in your life and set limits.
  • Make sure health problems are treated and kept under control.
  • Ask your doctor before stopping any medicines you take or taking any new medicines or supplements.
  • Get a flu shot.
  • Always wear a seatbelt. The lap strap should go under your belly, across your hips.
  • Join a childbirth or parenting class.


  • Don’t use tobacco products, alcohol, or illegal drugs.
  • Avoid exposure to toxic substances and chemicals including paint fumes.
  • Protect yourself and your baby from food-borne illness.
  • Don’t clean or change a cat’s litterbox.
  • Don’t eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish, which are high in mercury.
  • Don’t eat more than six ounces of tuna per week.
  • Don’t eat hot dogs, deli meats, refrigerated meat spreads, unpasteurized milk, juices or cheese, store-made salads, herbs and plants as medicines, or raw sprouts of any type.
  • Avoid contact with rodents (including pets) and with their urine, droppings, or nesting material.
  • Don’t take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas.
  • Don’t use scented feminine hygiene products and don’t douche.
  • Avoid x-rays.

For more information visit Danville Regional Medical Center’s Health Library.

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