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Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time for parents, regardless of how much planning is involved. And when your baby is born, new obstacles present themselves. Although many of these learning experiences are expected, illness is one everyone hopes to avoid. A cough here and a cold there is normal, but some medical conditions are very serious. Mayo Clinic Health System obstetrician & gynecologist Javier Cardenas, M.D., shares steps you can take before and after birth to help your baby be the healthiest he or she can be.
Now you’re pregnant — what’s next? Continue to do the things you were doing to prepare your body for pregnancy. Eat right, never smoke, avoid harmful substances and exercise.
"Yes, you can exercise while pregnant. In fact, exercise can help ease pains, boost your mood and energy, improve sleep, prevent unnecessary weight gain, and enhance strength and endurance," says Dr. Cardenas.
Always consult your health care provider prior to starting an exercise routine.
Congratulations! You now have a new member — or members — of your family. Now that your baby is here, the ballgame has changed. You’ll catch on fast, but here are some things to keep in mind to create a healthy life for your child.
"Becoming a parent is a wonderful but challenging experience," says Dr. Cardenas. "Using these tips can help improve your health before baby, as well as your baby's health during pregnancy and after he or she is born."
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