When to prepare for your babies health?

Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life. There are a lot of new emotions, changes and information to understand. The most important aspect of a pregnancy is to have a healthy development for the new baby. Keeping healthy and taking care of yourself while pregnant can give your child a better chance at a long and healthy life.

Get Early Prenatal Care

The first thing a woman must do after she finds out she is expecting is to practice prenatal care with the guidance of a caregiver. Finding the right doctor or midwife could take a while, so start early. In the meantime, let your current physician know you are pregnant.

PregnancyOnce you have chosen an OBGYN, doctor or midwife schedule regular prenatal visits. These professionals will teach you about your pregnancy and screen for any potential risks for you and your baby. Be honest during your visits and ask any questions you have.

  • Every 4 weeks until the 28th week of pregnancy
  • After that every 2 weeks until 36 weeks
  • Then once a week until delivery

 

Between visits with your caregiver will recommend good nutrition, exercise and keeping stress levels at a minimum.

Pregnancy Nutrition

What is Good?

It is vital to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy. The foods you are very important in the development of your unborn baby. Your baby needs certain nutrients to support proper growth. Eat the right foods, such as:

Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, iron, lean meat, beans, cheese, yogurt nuts and low-fat milk. These foods contain calcium, and nutrients, which are needed for proper development. Drink lots of water too. Proper hydration reduces your risk of constipation and hemorrhoids, and can also lower your chance of premature delivery or early labor.
Get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day
Doctors recommend 400 micrograms of folic acid to help reduce the baby’s risk of brain and spinal birth defects by 50 to 70 percent. Consuming folic acid each day from food and/or supplements is the first step you can take to assist your baby’s brain development.

 

What to Avoid

Stay away from harmful substances, as your growing baby may absorb them. Foods such as fish that is high in mercury, raw eggs and undercooked meats. Limit foods that are high in fat, sugar and unhealthy oils. Don’t drink any alcoholic beverages or use any products containing nicotine. Experts recommend eliminating caffeine or limit consumption to one or two cups of coffee a day. Avoid all recreational and street drugs.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

It’s a question many women have. It’s different for all pregnancies, but most women gain about 25 – 30 pounds. This all depends on their physical condition and the diet they follow.
Sleep

It is important to get enough sleep during your pregnancy for yourself as well as your baby. Sleep on your side to encourage proper blood flow throughout the body.


Exercise

It’s often recommended to exercise while you are pregnant to have an easier pregnancy. Experts say that exercising throughout your pregnancy can shorten labor, reduce the risk of complications during delivery and help prevent too much weigh gain.

Do not over exercise or participate in rigorous activities, as this can be dangerous to you and your baby.

Is it okay to have sex while pregnant?

Yes, unless your doctor believes you’re at risk for problems. Don’t be surprised if you’re less or more interested in sex while you are pregnant. As you get larger, you may find you need to try different positions, such as lying on your side or being on top.

Reduce your stress level and take care of your emotional health

Prenatal stress may harmfully effect your unborn baby’s emotional development, and have a negative effect on their overall health. Many pregnant women feel like they’re on an emotional roller coaster at one time or another during pregnancy. Depression is a relatively common condition that can cause mood swings that interfere with daily life. It is very critical to let your caregiver know if you’re in an abusive relationship. Violence puts your health and your baby at risk. Share your feelings with your caregiver so you can get a referral for professional help. Doctors will recommend quitting your job if it’s dangerous to the baby. This could include being exposed to hazards like radiation, mercury or lead, or a job that requires heavy lifting.

 

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Don’t forget about oral health. Yes! oral health during pregnancy is very important. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make the mom more susceptible to gum disease. Increased progesterone and estrogen levels can cause the gums to react differently to the bacteria in plaque, resulting in (gingivitis). See a dentist for a checkup and cleaning if you haven’t had a visit in the last six months.

 

Find a doctor for your baby

The best time to start looking for a pediatrician or family doctor for your baby is midway through your pregnancy. That may seem early, but you’ll want to have plenty of time to find a physician who will be a good fit for your family who is taking new patients and accepts your insurance. Let your OB/GYN be an advocate to help you find a specialist in your area.
Remember every woman is different and every pregnancy is too. It is necessary for a mom-to-be to take care of her body and bring a healthy happy child into the world. Healthy moms and babies promote healthy families.

 

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