R: Rodents, including pet hamsters, mice and guinea pigs, should be avoided during pregnancy. These animals can spread diseases that can harm your baby.
S: Stressing out? Pregnancy is a stressful time for many women. Very high levels of stress may contribute to preterm birth or low birth weight in full-term babies. Recognize that you do indeed feel stressed and, when possible, avoid situations that cause you stress.
T: Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite and can pose serious risks to a woman’s unborn baby. Stay away from raw or undercooked meat, especially lamb or pork. Wash hands frequently and avoid handling cat litter.
V: Vaccines can protect you and your baby against infections that can be harmful. If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy, ask your health provider if your vaccinations are up to date. Find out which vaccines you should consider taking before or during pregnancy.
W: How much weight a pregnant woman should gain depends on her health and body mass index (BMI). Calculate your BMI using your height and weight before pregnancy. Women with a normal BMI should expect to gain between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Women who are overweight and have a high BMI should gain between 15-25 pounds.
X: X-rays should be avoided during pregnancy. If you need to have dental work or medical tests done while pregnant, tell your provider so extra care can be taken.
Y: Your body may experience several changes during pregnancy including your hair, gums and teeth, breasts and skin. These changes are common and women can take steps to alleviate their symptoms to feel more comfortable.
Z: Get your ZZZZZs. Most women are more tired than usual during pregnancy, especially during early and late pregnancy. Get plenty of rest. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try taking a warm shower, napping during the day, going to bed earlier and using pillows to make you comfortable.