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Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy


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Don't Overdo It

When you're pregnant, life doesn't stop. By the time you overcome the fatigue commonly brought on by the first trimester, you might feel ready to take on the world. Plus, you've also got extra incentive: A deadline that arrives in just a few months.

This may prompt you to tackle hobbies and projects you've delayed until now. The good news is that keeping your mind and hands busy can calm pre-parenthood nerves. You'll also have a sense of accomplishment as you cross things off your pre-baby to-do list.

Although there's nothing wrong with an extra project at work or home, you'll want to find a pace that suits your pregnancy. It's important to know when you're on the verge of overdoing it -- physically or mentally. If you start feeling dizzy or faint, then stop and rest. This is a sign that your body needs more oxygen-rich blood because it can't keep up with your activity.

Some huffing and puffing is normal as your lung space makes way for baby's new home. An inability to catch your breath, however, is a different story. This means you should ease your activity level. And, if your heart rate goes above 140 beats per minute, rest until it returns to normal [source: Mayo Clinic].

Making sure you get enough sleep can go a long way toward fueling your daily activities. On the next page, find out some tips for getting some shut-eye.


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