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Life advice

If you are pregnant, all you want is a healthy baby. Below are some tips on a healthy lifestyle. This can create a positive impact on the development of your baby.

Daily menus:

  • 6 slices brown bread
  • 200 g potatoes (=4 pieces), brown rice, pasta or legumes (4 tablespoons)
  • 2 pieces of fruit, 450 ml of milk and 1.5 slices of cheese
  • 125-150 grams of meat(products), fish, chicken, egg or meat substitute (cooked weight)
  • 45 grams margarine, butter or oil
  • 3 liters of drinks (including milk)
Folic acid

Take 0,4 or 0,5 mg of folic acid daily, from the moment you want to become pregnant until the 10th week of your pregnancy. It reduces the chance of spina bifida significantly. If you haven't taken folic acid before your pregnancy, it's still wise to start as soon you know you are pregnant.

Sexual intercourse during pregnancy need not be avoided.

During pregnancy, some women have less need for sex because of symptoms like sore breasts, nausea or fatigue. Others just have an increased need. Women also often have an increased need for closeness, cuddling and caressing during pregnancy.

With ruptured membranes, in case of blood loss and if you ever had a child that was born prematurely, it is wise to avoid intercourse.

You can keep exercise during pregnancy. It is not advisable to excel and to do sports which carry a high risk of falling and stumps in the abdomen. Scuba diving is also not recommended.

Sauna, solarium
Sauna and solarium can be, especially early in pregnancy should be avoided because high temperatures can be harmful. Later in pregnancy it isn't wise to let temperature increase above 39 degrees Celsius.

Another reason to avoid direct sunlight or tanning beds is that you can get moles who won't disappear anymore.

Travelling during pregnancy isn't a problem. If you travel by car it is important too regularly stop and walk a bit. The best wear for your seatbelt is as follows: shoulder strap above the abdomen, waist belt over the pelvis.

Travelling by plane is possible until you're 7 monthes pregnant. After 7 months, most airlines do not want to carry pregnant women. Flying is unharmful for the unborn child, but make sure you walk around regularly on long flights.

Vaccination with attenuated or viable seeds is not recommended during pregnancy. Always tell you're pregnant when you are vaccinated.

It is sensible to limit physically demanding work, such as lifting, standing, walking, squatting or bending.

It's best not to take irregular or nightshifts after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Smoking, alcohol, drugs
It is advised to avoid smoking, alcohol and drug use during and after pregnancy as they can be harmful for your baby.

When you take medicine read the leaflet thouroughly. Some medications can't be used during pregnancy. This includes a number of freely available drugs. For questions, please contact your GP or midwife.

Vitamin A
It's advisable not to use liver products, such as liver, liver pate and liver sausage. These products contain a high level of vitamin A. The use of liver products on your sandwich is limited to once a day.

To avoid infection with toxoplasmosis, avoid raw and semi raw meat such as roast beef, steak tartare, tartar, carpaccio and beef sausage. You need to wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly. It is also wise to use gloves when working in the garden and don't clean your cats litter box by yourself.

Avoid contamination with the listeria bacteria by keep raw product, like vegetables, meat and fish as short as possible in your refridgerator. You could better leave French raw milk cheeses untouched, when it says 'au lait cru' on the package. You are allowed to eat cheese made from pasteurized milk.