Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

What is prenatal care?
This means taking care of your baby’s health before he or she is born. It’s very important to see your doctor if you think you’re pregnant. Go to all of your doctor appointments while you’re pregnant.

Why do I need to see my doctor?
Your doctor will check you and your baby to make sure all is well. The doctor will take your blood pressure and listen to the baby’s heartbeat. Talk with your doctor about all the changes you’re going through. Ask questions about childbirth. The more you know, the less worried you’ll feel.

What else should I do?

  • Take your vitamins. Your doctor will tell you what vitamins and minerals you need. They may include folic acid to help prevent birth defects, and iron. Follow directions carefully. And, don’t forget to take them.
  • Eat healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods are important. They’ll help give your baby a strong start and help you feel good, too. Drink plenty of water each day.
  • Get your calcium. Your vitamin may include calcium. But, you still need to get plenty in your diet. Low-fat milk, cheese and yogurt are good sources.
  • Listen to your doctor about your weight. How much weight should you gain? Your doctor will tell you what’s right for you. This is not the time to diet. Choose healthy low-fat foods to help avoid unwanted pounds.
  • Don’t use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke. If you do, you could put the health of your baby in danger.
  • Before you take any medicine, ask your doctor. This includes over-the-counter medicine.
  • Exercise, if your doctor says it’s OK. You’ll feel better and have more energy. You’ll recover faster after delivery. Drink plenty of water while exercising. Don’t get overheated. Stop to rest when needed.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep. Don’t try to keep up your usual pace if you feel tired. Treat yourself to some extra sleep if possible.

Call your doctor right away if...

  • Your baby is moving less than usual.
  • You’re bleeding or fluid is leaking from your vagina.
  • You have strong cramps, a lasting backache or bellyache.

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