Last Reviewed: April 2017
Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant
- Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away.
- Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina.
- Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain.
- A feeling that the baby is pushing down.
- Contractions or change in the strength or number of them.
- An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge.
- Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache.
- Blurry vision or spots before your eyes.
- Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face.
- A significant change in your baby's movements.
Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
Taking care of yourself
You have just found out that you are pregnant. Caring for yourself and your baby is very important - especially now! In fact, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you stay healthy and greatly improves your chances of having a healthy baby.
You might want to consider making some changes in your lifestyle:
- Avoid drinking alcohol, smoking and taking drugs, including street drugs and over-the-counter medications, all of which can put you and your baby at risk for a number of serious health problems. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or Motherisk if you are taking any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs.
- Eat a healthy diet according to Canada's Food Guide.
- Limit caffeine from all sources.
- Avoid risky sexual behaviours such as having unsafe sex.
- Get plenty of rest.
It is important to get key nutrients and vitamins during pregnancy especially:
- Folic acid
- Calcium and Vitamin D
- Essential Fatty Acids
It is also important to limit your intake of certain foods (e.g., caffeine) and avoid other foods (e.g., energy drinks)