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Prenatal Care: Nourishing Your Body and Your Baby (March 1)

Pregnancy is an exciting yet nerve-wracking time for many expectant mothers – filled with questions about what to expect and how to give their baby the best possible chance at being born healthy.

Whether you’re a first time mom, or mommy veteran – prenatal care actually starts long before becoming pregnant.

In fact, doctors recommend that women begin preparing three months before getting pregnant. Follow these tips.

·         Make an appointment with your doctor – this could include your primary care doctor, OBGYN and any other specialists you may see for other health conditions.

·         Take 400-800 mg of folic acid daily for three months before getting pregnant.

·         Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

·         Be sure any medical conditions are under control, like asthma, diabetes or high blood pressure.

·         Update your vaccinations.

·         Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter or prescription medicines that you may need to stop taking.

 

Once pregnant, you need to ensure that you and your baby get the proper nutrients.

·         Eat a variety of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.

·         Drink lots of water.

·         Talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin. Iron is particularly important to prevent preterm birth and low birth weight.

 

Avoid:

·         Food-borne illness by washing fruits and vegetables and fully cooking meats or fish. Always handle, clean, cook and clean foots properly,

·         Fish with lots of mercury, like swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish, and

·         Smoking and alcohol.

 

Most importantly, see your doctor early and often before and during your pregnancy.

From prenatal counseling, through labor and delivery and support for new moms – Adventist HealthCare offers comprehensive pregnancy and birth services. Schedule a maternity tour today or view our facilities online today!

 

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose

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