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.
· 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