Anything Special to do During Early Pregnancy?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi. I am 26-years-old and just seven months into my marriage. Much to our great surprise, I found that I am pregnant because I tested positive on a take home test. We were using protection and everything. We are delighted and terrified for all kinds of reasons -- one of which is if we can financially support a baby. Also, I have been enjoying my usual glasses of wine especially on the weekends and through the holiday. I am so worried I have hurt this potential baby. We think I am only about three weeks along. What should I do? Any advice on how to be the most healthy I can be? I do eat well, but what do I need to get more of? My doctor cannot see me until right away, so I have tons of questions. Thank you

ANSWER

First, as you have already figured out, you should not have alcohol. It's still early enough so that there is little chance of damage so far. Next, you should get some over-the-counter prenatal vitamins. Third, keep eating healthy food.

-- Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.