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Pregnancy! A world of doubts

 Baby & Mom

In this article we will answer some questions that may worry future moms, when it comes to a healthy and proper nutrition during pregnancy. Remember that your pharmacist can also answer any questions you might have.

Foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy
Foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy

Are there any foods to avoid during pre

The pregnant woman's diet must be extremely balanced, not only to ensure her own health, but also to ensure the healthy development of her baby.

Therefore, the pregnant woman's diet must be varied and balanced and must include all the foods in the food wheel. 

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages; 

  • Cook your food thoroughly (meat, eggs, fish);

  • Vegetables can be eaten raw if they are well washed, however, fruits must be peeled even after washing them;

  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and cheese;

  • Reduce the consumption of simple sugars (cakes, sweetened beverages, sweets ...);

  • Moderate salt consumption;

  • Reduce the coffee and stimulating teas consumption;

  • Avoid eating swordfish, fresh tuna, mackerel, marlin as larger fish species tend to have higher concentrations of mercury. 

Weight control during pregnancy
Weight control during pregnancy

What weight gain is considered normal?

The weight gained during pregnancy is highly variable and depends on several factors: mother's age, type of pregnancy (multiple or not), woman's weight before pregnancy.

In general, for women with a BMI* of <18.5, the weight gain should be from 12.5 to 18kg; for women with a normal BMI (18.5-22.9), the desirable weight gain will be between 11.5 and 16Kg and for women with a BMI> 23, the weight gain should be between 7 and 11.5Kg.

However, these are only general guidelines, so you should discuss the recommended weight gain for your case with your doctor. Remember that a good management of weight gain is important for your baby's health.

*BMI = body mass index 


Physical exercise during pregnancy
Physical exercise during pregnancy

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

The answer is yes, as long as there is no medical contraindication and as long as the exercise is adequate.

Some good options could be walking, swimming, adapted yoga, adapted Pilates.  If the woman had exercise habits before becoming pregnant, she may continue to exercise, as long as she adapts the intensity of her exercise routines to her condition. High-impact exercises and exercises with excessive loads should be avoided. Talk to your doctor.

Regular physical activity is therefore important to maintain the pregnant woman's physical and mental health. Therefore, physical exercise in pregnancy has several advantages: 

  • it helps to manage weight gain during pregnancy;

  • it decreases the risk of gestational diabetes;

  • it reduces the frequency of cramps;

  • it improves body posture;

  • it decreases low back pain;

  • it reduces postpartum recovery time;

  • it maintains normal blood pressure values.


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