Eating

  • Eat healthy: lots of fruits, vegetables, grains (potatoes and bread) and dairy products (milk and cheese).
  • Eat several small portions spread out over the day instead of fewer large meals. This helps your body to digest the food better. Some foods, dirt and used cat litter can carry germs that are dangerous for the foetus (danger of infection of toxoplasmosis and listeria). This means that clean hands and clean food are especially important.
  • Do not eat raw eggs.
  • Do not eat raw or smoked fish.
  • Do not eat raw or uncooked meat.
  • Wash your hands after cutting raw meat.
  • Do not eat cheese made from raw milk and do not drink raw milk (raw milk has not been pasteurized).
  • Wash raw fruits and vegetables very well.
  • Wear gloves when working in the garden or cleaning the cat litter box. Always wash your hands afterwards.

Drinking

  • Drink enough water.
  • Only drink small amounts of coffee, tea or cola.
  • Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol can seriously harm your baby.

Medicine and drugs

  • Do not take any medicine without asking a doctor.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Do not take any drugs.

Folic acid

  • During the first three months of your pregnancy you need to take the vitamin folic acid. You can ask for it at the pharmacy. You can start taking folic acid already if you are planning to become pregnant.

Sports and outdoor activities

  • You should stay active: walking, cycling, swimming...
  • Relax when you feel tired.
  • Stay out of the sun. If you plan to be in the sun for awhile, use sunscreen.

Sex

You can still have sex during pregnancy.

Pregnant womant having sexual intercourse while sitting on top of the man

Visits to a doctor or midwife

Make an appointment with a doctor or a midwife to confirm your pregnancy. While you are pregnant, a gynaecologist or a midwifewill take care of you.

Doctor taking a blood sample from a woman to check if she is pregnant.

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