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Nutrition in Pregnancy: What you eat during your pregnancy has a profound effect on your baby’s health and your own well-being. You’ll feel better if you eat often enough to keep your blood sugar stable and your energy constant. That doesn’t mean overeating, however. Eat nutritious foods in small amounts during the day.Your body becomes more efficient during pregnancy and is able to absorb more of the nutrients you eat. So consuming twice as much doesn't double your chances of having a healthy baby — instead, it's likely to mean excessive weight gain for you, which can put you at risk for pregnancy complications. In fact, you need only 300 or so extra calories a day when you're pregnant, fewer during your first trimester. That's about the number of calories found in two and a half cups of low-fat milk or a tuna sandwich. So instead of helping yourself to extra servings at mealtime, think in terms of a smart snack, such as a glass of orange juice and a couple of slices of whole-wheat toast, to boost your calories during your pregnancy.

Morning sickness: More than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling you get during pregnancy. Morning sickness can be, but is not always, accompanied with vomiting. The nausea is often a result of the increased hormones in your body. Many health care providers think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well. There are a number of things that you can do to help alleviate your symptoms: Eat small meals often; drink fluids 1/2 hour before or after a meal, but not with meals; drink small amounts of fluids during the day to avoid dehydration; eat soda crackers 15 minutes before getting up in the morning; avoid foods and smells that increase nausea; ask someone else to cook for you and open the windows or turn on fans if the odor bothers you; get plenty of rest and nap during the day; avoid warm places (feeling hot adds to nausea); sniff lemons or ginger, drink lemonade, or eat watermelon to relieve nausea; eat salty potato chips (they have been found to settle stomachs enough to eat a meal); and exercise.

Exercise: Exercising during pregnancy is always a very good idea, and the benefits for you are numerous. Not only will it help you control your weight gain during your pregnancy and your weight loss after pregnancy, but it will also help minimize stretch marks. But more importantly, exercise will help you ensure that you are healthy and fit. The healthier you are during pregnancy, the less likely that you will have a difficult pregnancy. The fitter you are, the easier your childbirth experience will be.

Smoking during Pregnancy: This affects you and your baby's health before, during and after your baby is born. The nicotine (the addictive substance in cigarettes), carbon monoxide and numerous other poisons you inhale from a cigarette are carried through your bloodstream and go directly to your baby. Smoking while pregnant will lower the amount of oxygen available to you and your growing baby; increase your baby's heart rate; increase the chances of miscarriage and stillbirth; increase the risk that your baby is born prematurely and/or born with low birth weight; and increase your baby's risk of developing respiratory problems. The more cigarettes you smoke per day, the greater your baby's chances of developing these and other health problems. There is no "safe" level of smoking for your baby's health.