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Is it safe to eat tuna?
What should I weigh?
Is a vegetarian diet OK?
How much caffeine can I drink?
Are artificial sweeteners ok?
What are some cures for morning sickness?
Are deli meats OK?
What are the rules for soft cheese?
Can I highlight my hair?
Is my prenatal vitamin enough?
Can I drink herbal tea?
Am I getting enough folic acid?
Is a glass of wine OK?
What are good snack ideas?
Can I take aspirin?
Do I need a calcium supplement?
What exercises are safe to do while I'm pregnant?
Can I keep running?
I'm too tired to exercise.
Is tennis safe?
Are sit-ups OK?
What's good for aching legs?
How can I deal with heartburn?
How can I strengthen my back?

How can I prepare for breastfeeding?
What are my postnatal nutrition needs?
If I am breastfeeding, can I begin to exercise?

Is it safe to eat tuna?
Eating a variety of fish during pregnancy offers preventive health benefits and can promote a higher and healthier birth weight. However, some fish, such as tuna, can have high levels of contaminants that can cross the placenta and be harmful to your baby if consumed in large amounts. Eat about 1-2 (6 ounce) cans of tuna per week. Limit albacore tuna and tuna steak to one serving per month.

Also read:
Playing it Safe: Eating Fish
Casting Your Net on Seafood Safety

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What should I weigh?
Being overweight, underweight, or a desired weight at the beginning of your pregnancy affects your recommended weight gain. Ideally you want to aim for a BMI (body mass index) between 20 and 25. Your BMI is determined by taking your weight (kg) and dividing it by your height (m2) to get your BMI number. Calculate your BMI using your weight before you were pregnant.
BMI (Kg/m2)
Before Pregnancy
Recommended Weight Gain
During Pregnancy
Low (BMI <19.8) 12.5-18 kg (28-40 lb)
Normal (BMI 19.8-26) 11.5-16 kg (25-35 lb)
High (BMI 26-29) 7-11.5 kg (15-25 lb)
Obese (BMI >29) no more than 6 kg (no more than 15 lb)

Generally, little weight is gained during the first trimester (3 or 4 lbs.). The most weight (about 12 to 14 lbs.) is gained during the second trimester. In the third trimester, a woman should expect to gain about 8 to 10 lbs.
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