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Genevieve Van Wyden has had two children, both now grown. She enjoyed each pregnancy, with the exception of the preeclampsia she developed with both pregnancies. When she learns that a friend or relative is pregnant, she tries to remind them to eat right, exercise and drink healthy beverages.
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I’m Pregnant, Not Sick!

Pregnant Mama FDP Credit Louisa StokesCongratulations! You’re pregnant and awaiting the birth of a new baby. While you may or may not be experiencing some of the more obvious symptoms, you need to start taking care of your physical and emotional health.

Emotionally, you can begin to cry unexpectedly because of the effects of the pregnancy hormones on your brain. Events or information that didn’t cause you to become weepy or angry before becoming pregnant now cause you to react emotionally.

Physically, because you are now supporting an unborn child who needs high-quality nutrition to grow into a healthy baby, you need to eat fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole-grain foods, low-fat dairy and limited fats and sweets. Participating in certain types of exercise is important for your fitness level and so you can prepare your body for delivery. Certain substances--alcohol, illicit drugs and cigarettes are dangerous for your baby. To learn more about pregnant women, read our Bright Hub guides.

Image: Pregnant Mama FDP Credit Louisa Stokes; http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1722

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