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Pregnancy health

HSE article for Pregnancy health

Alcohol during pregnancy

Find out the risks to your baby if you drink when pregnant and tips for an alcohol-free pregnancy.

Healthy eating during pregnancy

What to eat to get the nutrients you need when pregnant, and portion sizes and amounts to eat for a balanced diet.

Lifestyle changes and things to avoid during pregnancy

Find out about things to avoid and lifestyle changes that reduce health risks to you and your unborn baby.

  • Why you should sleep on your side during pregnancy

    Sleeping on your side helps keep your baby safe. It is also more comfortable than sleeping on your back. Read more about sleeping when pregnant.

  • Smoking during pregnancy

    Find out why you should stop smoking, and the help and support you can get to help you stop.

  • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

    It is normal to gain some weight during your pregnancy. A healthy weight gain helps your baby to grow. But you should avoid gaining too much weight. Learn about how you can remain at the right weight for you and your baby.

  • Zika virus and pregnancy

    If you are pregnant, the Zika virus may cause serious birth defects. There is no medication to treat Zika so it is important to take precautions if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Read about the Zika virus symptoms.

  • Caffeine during pregnancy

    High levels of caffeine in your diet can cause low birth weight for your unborn baby. It can also increase the chance of miscarriage. Learn about foods and drinks that contain caffeine.

  • Exercise during pregnancy

    Find out why being physically active helps to prevent some health problems in pregnancy and gets your body ready for birth.

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises

    Learn about the muscles that make up your pelvic floor and what they do.

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus, but if you are pregnant and you get CMV, it may be a concern.