Just a few changes during your pregnancy can improve your and your baby's health. For example, you probably know that getting enough folic acid is important. But did you know it is just as important to avoid your cat's litter? You probably knew that abdominal x-rays might be harmful to your baby, but did you know some researchers are concerned about electric blankets?
A few of the items listed under "Think Twice" are controversial. Some studies have shown they are dangerous, others not. It's up to you to do the research and decide if the risks outweigh the benefits.
The ideal situation would to be able to plan our pregnancies down to the last dot over the "i". However, life, let alone babies, seldom let us do that. This is why it's so important to be aware about everything that can or will directly affect you and your baby. While we can't plan everything, being prepared and having the tools and knowledge you need really helps! Here are some good reminders about the do's and don'ts for moms and their babies.
Take an Active Part in Your Pregnancy Health Care
Choose a provider that fits your ideal philosophy of care. From midwife to OB/GYN, personality and communication are key ingredients to a great relationship and a healthy pregnancy.
Eat Well and Get Plenty of Exercise
A healthy pregnancy diet focuses on whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of vegetables and fruits. Just 300 extra calories a day! Need to know more? Ask for a referral to a nutritionist.