Tools and Tips for Month One

Food: Eating in a healthier way includes choosing a variety of foods from the recommended food groups and drinking at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But you don't really need to "eat for two" since you need only an extra 300 calories per day during pregnancy. And don't worry if your food intake drops a little in the beginning because of morning sickness. If you've been eating right already, your baby will get what she or he needs. (See your First Steps book for more healthy eating tips, a list of foods to add to your diet plus a list of foods to avoid.)

Safety: When used properly, seat belts save lives and lower the chances of severe injury during car crashes. And that applies equally if not even a bit more when you're pregnant. As your pregnancy progresses, keep in mind these tips for a safe and comfortable fit.
  • Buckle the lap strap under your belly and over your hips.
  • Never place the lap belt across your belly.
  • Rest the shoulder belt between your breasts and off to the side of your belly.
  • Never place the shoulder belt under your arm.
  • If possible, adjust the shoulder belt height to fit you correctly.

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