I am the most important person in my baby’s world. How I feel matters and I choose to feel safe…Repeat this mantra in your head several times until you really start believing.
The road you have taken isn’t a smooth one – after all pregnancy isn’t easy on most women. Yet ensuring a safe pregnancy is also as easy as following a few simple steps.
First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! Secondly, follow these steps to ensure it’s a safe and healthy one:
It is important to schedule prenatal visits with your health care provider when learning of your pregnancy. Doctors usually think of pregnancy in three steps:
The first visit is usually before week 12. Why is early prenatal care important? Many nutrients needed for a healthy pregnancy should come from foodbut this isn’t always the case.
Prenatal vitamin supplements are recommended to pregnant women who are often too busy to plan three nutrient filled meals every day. These vitamin supplements amp up on extra nutrition needed by a developing fetus.
What is the best vitamin supplement for women during pregnancy? Folic acid is recommended several weeks prior to pregnancy and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Taking this supplement lowers risk of neural defects in the baby.
This should be common sense but many pregnant women are unaware of the harmful effects of alcohol on developing babies.
Alcohol encompasses every beverage that has alcohol in it including wine, liquor, beer, wine coolers and even fruit sangria (if infused with vodka).
Drinking alcohol while pregnant causes low birth weight, still birth, various defects and even risk of miscarriage.
Your aim should be to have a healthy and safe pregnancy. Smoking cigarettes won’t ensure either health or safety! Ever heard of passive or second hand smoking?
This means if you smoke, so does your baby. Additionally, your baby will have a higher risk of being born with low birth weight if you smoke.
Remember to ask your doctor the following questions on your first visit:
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