Early Pregnancy Safety Tips

Congratulations! You’ve just found out you are pregnant… so now what?

Here are a few tips to stay safe at the beginning stages of your pregnancy:

  1. Get in touch with your GP to confirm the pregnancy.
  2. Get in touch with POGS to make your first appointment!
  3. If you smoke, now’s the time to quit. If you need help to stop smoking, ask your doctors.
  4. Avoid alcohol as it can harm your baby’s development.
  5. Make sure you get some early nights each week and take time out to rest, as early pregnancy can be exhausting!
  6. Keep on moving! There’s no need to do HIIT sessions, but low intensity exercise such as a daily walk can be a great way to stay active.
  7. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. For tips read: Healthy Eating Ideas
  8. Try and avoid foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat.
  9. Avoid eating raw or undercooked meat or eggs, unpasteurised milk, liver, pâté & soft cheeses.
  10. Be caffeine wise: the current recommendation is that pregnant women have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day. This is equivalent to two mugs of instant coffee or four cups of medium-strength tea or hot chocolate. More info: Coffee While Pregnant
  11. Ask your doctor about supplements and ensure you’re getting the right ones. More info: Folate in Pregnancy
  12. Have a cat? Avoid changing the Litter Box.
  13. Know what medicines are safe and talk to a health professional before taking any new medication or stopping any current medication.
  14. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water!
  15. Check that your vaccinations are up to date.
  16. Do your pelvic floor exercises (For tips read: Pelvic Floor Exercises)
  17. Tell your employer early on if you think your workplace is not safe for a pregnant woman.

Call POGS on (08) 6270 0123 or email: reception@pogs.com.au for more advice or if you need to make an appointment.

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