VIDEO: Dr. Barnett On Healthy Pregnancy Habits

With so many changes that come with pregnancy, it’s easy to get discouraged, or confused. When pregnant women visit Panhandle OBGYN, they have lots of questions. In this post, we hope we can provide a helpful resource for pregnant women for those moments when insights and answers are needed.

The following are general rules and suggestions for healthy pregnancy habits for patients without signs of complications.

Dietary Considerations: 

  • Moderation is key to diet during pregnancy.
  • Lysteria can be dangerous, but is very rare.
  • We recommend warming lunch meat to avoid all risk.
  • Use moderation with caffeine.
  • A soda or coffee is fine on occasion, but don’t over-do it.
  • The risk of Mercury poisoning comes with high consumption of fish.
  • Certain fish have more risk of Mercury contamination than others
  • Do some research on types of fish before eating.
  • Try to limit yourself to one serving of fish a week, to be on the safe side.
  • All fish that you consume during pregnancy should be cooked.

Weight-Gain & Exercise:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) is a value derived from the weight and height of an individual.
  • Your estimated weight gain is based on your BMI.
  • Excessive weight gain increases the risk of blood-pressure issues, diabetes and other complications.
  • Pregnancy is not a time to diet, but a time to watch your diet.
  • Maintain exercise regimens, but don’t start anything new and intense.
  • ACOG recommends 30 minutes of exercise 5-6 times a week during pregnancy.


  • It is  strongly recommended to avoid smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

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