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There is a great deal of information that women need to learn throughout their pregnancy. At The Women's OB/GYN Group, our goal is to provide you with the healthiest pregnancy possible. We're also here to answer any questions you may have.
Following are a few tips from our doctors to help ease your mind and provide you with information during these exciting months of pregnancy:
1. Catch some Zzzz's. Especially in the first several weeks of pregnancy, your body is going through rapid changes and working extra hard to provide a safe environment for your developing baby. Most women experience fatigue, especially in the first trimester. Listen to your body and get plenty of rest!
2. Take your vitamins. Your doctor will prescribe prenatal vitamins which provide essential nutrients and minerals that are important for expectant mothers and developing fetuses. Some women begin taking these vitamins when they are trying to conceive, which is also a good idea. Prenatal vitamins contain additional minerals vital to developing fetuses including folic acid, which has been shown to decrease incidence of neural tube birth defects.
3. Stop smoking and avoid alcohol and drugs. Smoking, alcohol consumption and elicit drugs have damaging effects on a developing fetus. Quit smoking before you get pregnant if possible, but certainly stop once you discover you are pregnant. Smoking during pregnany has been associated with low birth weight, preterm labor, as well as other pregnancy complications.
4. Eat For Two. This doesn't mean over eat, but rather, eat a well balalnced diet rich in folic acid (found in fortified grains, leafy green vegetables such as spinach and prenatal vitamins) fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and calcium. Avoid eating fish that is high in mercury such as swordfish and shark.
5. Stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to cramping, headaches and doesn't help with morning sickness. Stay well hydrated by drinking at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
6. Keep moving. Talk to your doctor about the types of exercises that are right for you and your baby. Low impact exercises such as walking and swimming are typically good choices for expecting mothers to maintain their overall good health throughout pregnancy and as advised by your doctor.
7. Get ready and be prepared. Talk to your doctor about education and support classes available throughout your pregnancy and even after your baby arrives. Saint Agnes Hospital offers a wealth of educational classes and support groups for expecting parents. Learn more HERE.