“Avoid fish high in mercury — shark, swordfish, tilefish, mackerel,” Drake said. “Limit other fish to 12 ounces weekly. Avoid raw seafood, soft cheeses, uncooked processed meats (such as) hot dogs, cold cuts (which) may contain listeria (or) other bacteria that can increase the risk of life-threatening infections in pregnant women and (the) fetus. Avoid alcohol — excess consumption may result in fetal alcohol syndrome; (and) limit caffeine — excess consumption may result in low birth weight.”
Pregnant women will notice a change in their body that can sometimes cause discomfort. As the pregnancy progresses and the abdomen enlarges, it can cause pressure on the organs and pain in the back. Gentle treatments can help alleviate these symptoms for some.
“Acupuncture and massage therapy are wonderful options for pregnant women,” said Laura Reyda, licensed massage therapist and Diplomat of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. “These techniques help the body regulate itself.
“We are very effective at treating stubborn nausea and combating fatigue. We can treat low back and hip pain as the pregnancy progresses. There are various studies showing that we can turn a breech baby with a totally noninvasive technique. We can also help the woman prepare physically and mentally to give birth.”
Most health care providers agree, preparing mentally as well as physically for the birth of a child is a tremendous part of a healthy pregnancy.