Information & Resources
What should I eat?
- Eating a balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your baby. There are a few foods that you should be more careful about eating while you are pregnant. Meat, eggs, and fish that are not fully cooked could put you at risk for an infection.
- Eat 4 or more servings of dairy foods each day for enough calcium for you and your baby. Don't drink unpasteurized milk or eat unpasteurized milk products. Soft cheeses such as brie, feta, blue cheese, and Mexican-style cheeses, such as queso fresco, may have bacteria that can cause infections.
- If you drink coffee or drinks with caffeine, don't have more than 1 or 2 cups a day.
How long can I keep working?
This depends on whether you have any problems with your pregnancy, what kind of work you do and if you're exposed to anything at work that could harm your baby. Working in front of a computer screen is not thought to cause harm to an unborn baby.
What Shouldn't I do?
- Don't smoke. Smoking raises your risk for miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, and many other problems.
- Don't use drugs. Cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs increase your risk of miscarriage, premature birth, and birth defects. Your baby could also be born addicted to the drug you've been abusing, which can cause serious health problems.
- Don't drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the major cause of preventable birth defects, including fetal alcohol disorder.
- Don't clean your cat's litter box or eat raw or undercooked red meat. You could get toxoplasmosis, a disease that can cause birth defects.