Taking Care of You

You’re bringing a new life into the world, and you might feel like there’s a lot to learn! Take this time to make a difference in your life and the life of your baby.

Ten Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

  1. Get regular check-ups early to stay healthy.

    It’s important to visit your doctor for scheduled check-ups, even if you feel healthy. At a check-up, a doctor will listen to the baby, measure the baby’s growth, and answer any questions you might have. The doctor will also check your health and talk to you about having a healthy pregnancy. Click here to find a doctor near you.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. Try not to stress. It’s bad for you and your baby.

    Take a deep breath. Remember, you’re not alone. One of the programs here can help. High stress can increase your chances of delivering early or having a baby with low birth weight. Hanging out with family, friends and people in your neighborhood who support you is big.

Ten Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

  1. See a dentist before, during, and after your pregnancy.

    Remember that dental care is important too. Not taking care of your teeth during pregnancy can cause problems in your baby. To learn more, click here.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. What you put in your body you put in your baby’s too.

    Make it something good for both of you. While you’re pregnant, your baby is counting on you for the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to be healthy. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. When you’re healthy, your baby’s healthy.

    Exercise can help make it happen. Pregnant moms need at least 30 minutes of safe physical activity every day. Talk to your doctor about what is recommended for your body. Exercise will keep your heart, body, and mind healthy.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. You can think “having a little drink now and then won’t hurt your baby,” but you’d be wrong.

    The truth is, no amount of alcohol is safe to drink while pregnant. Alcohol can slow down your baby’s growth, hurt your baby’s brain, and cause birth defects.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. When you’re turnt up, guess who else is?

    When you use pills and drugs like marijuana, the drugs go into your baby. This puts your baby at risk for problems like stillbirth, low birth weight (a baby weighing less than 5 lbs. 8 oz.), birth defects, behavioral problems, and growth delays. They may also have problems when they grow older.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. One cigarette a day is 1 cigarette too many.

    Every cigarette you smoke reduces your baby’s oxygen supply. Just one or two a day can increase the risk of premature delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight, and other complications. Avoid secondhand smoke as much as possible. Have a smoke-free home and car.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. Knowing what to put in your body is important.
    Knowing what not to put in it is important too.

    Take folic acid. But remember, some prescriptions and over the counter drugs are harmful to you and your baby. Ask your doctor which prescriptions are safe. Click here to learn about what medication you shouldn’t take while pregnant.

Ten Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

  1. Avoid the causes for a low birth weight or a premature baby.

    Pregnant moms who take drugs, drink alcohol or don’t eat well have a higher risk for serious problems like early labor or giving birth to a low birth weight baby. Early labor happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. It’s also called a premature birth. Babies born this early can face serious health problems like not being able to breathe on their own. Low birth weight is when a baby is born weighing less than five pounds, eight ounces. Low birth weight can cause serious health problems for some babies right away and later in life, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

Stress

Some stress during pregnancy is normal, but if it becomes constant, it can affect the health of you and your baby.

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Childbirth Information

By planning early you can ease some of the worry you might have.

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Maternal Mental Health

Many new moms get the “baby blues” after giving birth, and some develop post-partum depression.

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