How to stay healthy during pregnancy

1. Eat well. Try to eat some fruits and vegetables every day. . Eat energy giving foods like rice, yam, and potatoes, and body building foods like meat, chicken, fish and beans regularly. Add cashew nuts and peanuts to your food to make it even healthier. Fruits like oranges, watermelon and pineapples are good. Get lots of them. Try to have 1 extra handful of food with every meal. Do not go without food for too long. Carry some food with you if you have to go somewhere.

2. Get check-ups as early as possible. Ask your healthcare provider how often you need to go. Get your blood and urine tests and blood pressure checks done regularly. These tests help to find problems early. Then you can get treatment and keep yourself and your baby safe.

3. Get tested for HIV. If you are living with HIV, there are medicines to help keep you well and prevent your baby from being born HIV+. If you find out you are not HIV+, you can make sure you stay that way.

4. Take your pregnancy tablets. These tablets help your baby grow well. Ask your healthcare provider if you can get them free.

5. Keep clean. Wash your hands with soap before cooking and eating and after using the toilet

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