Anything Special to do During Early Pregnancy?

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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