Tips for Healthy PregnancyYou’ve been in fertility treatment because so often it works and it has, you’re pregnant. But you also may be a little nervous.

Getting pregnant wasn’t easy and you want to make sure that you do everything that you can to stay pregnant. And do nothing that you shouldn’t to endanger the pregnancy.

While getting pregnant was difficult, maintaining a pregnancy is often a very different aspect– infertility can be expressed as the inability to stay pregnant, but there is absolutely no reason for you to imagine that they will go hand in hand.  Unless you have had a prior experience with pregnancy loss, let’s assume that this pregnancy will proceed and you will have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.

So you are pregnant.  Congratulations!

Now what?

I asked board certified reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) Dr. Mark Leondires what he wants you to know when you’ve gotten that positive pregnancy test after fertility treatment and before you’ve had a chance to see your Obstetrician/Gynecologist. He was kind enough to share what he feels are the most important things that you can do in early pregnancy, what you should avoid, and he adds a few words of reassurance at the end.

Thanks Dr. Leondires! – Lisa Rosenthal

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy, even early pregnancy can be very healthy, physically and emotionally. There are a few things to remember though so that you can exercise, confident that you are making the best possible choices for yourself and your baby.

I advise refraining from any strenuous physical exercise such as high-impact aerobic, and road running.  The following guidelines for exercise in pregnancy are provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

  1. Regular exercise (at least 3 times per week) is preferable to sporadic activity. Competitive activities should be avoided.
  2. Vigorous exercise should not be performed in hot, humid weather or during illness.
  3. Strenuous exercise should not exceed 15 minutes. Additionally, exercise should be preceded by a 5 minute muscle warm-up and followed with a cool down period.
  4. Activities that require jumping or rapid changes in direction should be avoided because of joint instability. Swimming, biking and walking are ideal during pregnancy.
  5. A pregnant woman's heart rate should not exceed 120 beats per minute.
  6. Women should drink fluids before, during and after exercise to prevent dehydration.
  7. High impact activities should be avoided.
  8. Activities such as sitting in a hot tub or sauna should be avoided.

Remember that most pregnancies end up healthy and successful.  Don't let your history of infertility ruin the joy of finally being pregnant.  Talk to your fertility doctor and the Nursing staff at your center and avoid casual advice.  Most of all stay positive and hopeful, and all the best and good luck on your journey.

Remember, questions and concerns in early pregnancy after undergoing fertility treatment is normal. Ask your questions.

We’re here to help.

Topics: pregnancy, Wellness

Mark Leondires, MD
Dr. Mark P. Leondires is Medical Director and Partner in reproductive endocrinology at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) and is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.
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