Pregnancy and Maternity

Explore information about health conditions that can occur during pregnancy. Discover important self-care tips and nutrition basics for the best outcome for mom and baby.

Eating a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is essential during pregnancy. Here are a few additional wellness tips that may help:

  • Eat a nutrient rich diet with foods high in iron, calcium and folic acid.
  • Stay active. Talk to your doctor about exercising during pregnancy.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated
  • Take a prenatal vitamin as recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Reduce consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and quit smoking.


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