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Nutrition During Pregnancy – Three Key Nutrients

 

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Nutrition During Pregnancy
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Max Izbicki DO Chicago Il Obstetrician and Gynecologist provides comprehensive care to women at all stages of their pregnancy from the first prenatal consultation through delivery and beyond. Good nutrition is especially important during pregnancy. The following vitamins and minerals are of particular importance.

Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. Current guidelines suggest that women who are pregnant get at least 600 micrograms of folic acid daily to prevent birth defects and encourage proper brain and spine development. Folate-dense foods include beans, asparagus, and spinach.

Calcium is a mineral that helps build bones and teeth. All women should get at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily, pregnant or not. Women who are pregnant should consume at least 1,300 milligrams. Calcium-fortified cereals and juices are good sources, as are dairy products, salmon, and spinach.

Iron makes hemoglobin, a crucial component of red blood cells. Women who are pregnant need to double their iron intake to create the red blood cells that deliver oxygen to babies. This amounts to about 27 milligrams of iron daily. Fortified oats, meat, spinach, and beans are high in iron.

Pre-natal vitamins contain all of the vitamins and minerals listed above as well as others. If seeing Dr. Max Izbicki for prenatal care, he will advise you as whether additional supplementation is recommended.

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Exercise During Pregnancy

 

Obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Max Izbicki treats patients in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Izbicki offers personalized care to patients through each stage of pregnancy.

Most healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies may safely exercise. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women who are pregnant get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly. This exercise can alleviate some pregnancy-related pains and may help prevent or improve conditions such as gestational diabetes. Women who are already active typically can continue their exercise regimens, making adjustments as needed.

Sports and activities that could cause a fall should be avoided. Physicians also suggest that women avoid exercises such as hot yoga that lead to overheating as well as activities at very high or very low altitudes, such as scuba diving.

Brisk walking is one low-risk way to get exercise during pregnancy. Swimming and water aerobics are also safe, low-impact workouts for women who are pregnant and may be experiencing lower back or joint pain.

Yoga and Pilates are also good choices. Modified forms of these exercises are suitable for pregnancy and can improve flexibility.

Women who are pregnant should drink water before, during, and after exercise to avoid dehydration. Wearing loose clothing and exercising in climate-controlled spaces can help avoid overheating. If seeing Dr. Izbicki for prenatal care in Chicago, he will discuss activity in pregnancy with you in detail.