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Medical conditions and complications, such as diabetes, epilepsy, and high blood pressure, should be treated and kept under control. Ask your doctor about any medications that may need to be changed or adjusted during pregnancy. If you are currently taking any medications, ask your doctor if it is safe to take them while pregnant. Be sure to discuss any herbs or vitamins you are taking -- they are medicines, too. Discuss with your doctor all medications, both prescribed and over-the-counter, that you are taking.
 
(Click Pregnant With Diabetes for more information.)
 

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Now is the time to baby-proof your home and make it a safer environment for your baby.
 

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Over-the-counter cough and cold remedies may contain alcohol or other ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy. Ask your healthcare provider about prescription or over-the-counter drugs that you are taking or may consider taking while pregnant.
 
(Click Drugs and Pregnancy for a closer look at this topic.)
 

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Physical activity during pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby by lessening discomfort and fatigue, providing a sense of well-being, and increasing the likelihood of early recovery after delivery. Light to moderate exercise during pregnancy strengthens the abdominal and back muscles, which help to improve posture. Yoga, walking, swimming, and cycling on a stationary bicycle are usually safe exercises for pregnant women. However, you should always check with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise, especially during pregnancy.
 
(To learn more, click Exercise During Pregnancy.)
 
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