Understanding the importance of your health is important when you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Proper prenatal care not only protects your body but also helps the baby develop during pregnancy.

Women's health professionals recommend that you talk to your doctor or nurse about preparing for pregnancy. They say you have to take a prenatal care program after you get pregnant.

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Some foods and medicines, and even lifestyle, can harm the baby before conception. Here are the steps you need to take while pregnant:

1. Eat a balanced diet. You should consume about 300 additional calories per day. It should contain about 70 grams of protein per day. Your calcium needs will remain the same, but you have to get enough.

2. Get regular exercise. This will help the baby's blood flow and reduce your stress levels. For example, walking also keeps your weight regular. You should avoid exercise-induced dehydration.

3. Limit your coffee. The March of Dimes advises women to limit caffeine consumption to less than 200 mg per day, the amount they can get from an 8-ounce cup of strong coffee.

4. Be aware of environmental hazards. Some jobs can be dangerous for you and your developing baby. If you are frequently exposed to chemicals, heavy metals (such as lead or mercury), certain biological agents, or radiation, there are some changes you need to make as soon as possible.