Staying healthy during Pregnancy : Prenatal Health Care

Once you are pregnant, taking proper care of yourself is of paramount importance. Notwithstanding the reams of advice you will be getting from everyone, it is you on who rests the responsibility of keeping good health.

Prenatal Health CarePrenatal Health Care
Regular prenatal care is crucial to the health of your unborn child, call your consultant and schedule an appointment as soon as you feel you are pregnant. Your first examination should be during the first 6 to 8 weeks of your pregnancy, i.e. when your menstrual period is 2 to 4 weeks due. Your health care provider will work out how long you have been pregnant, at this first visit, based on a physical examination and the date of your last period, and predict a delivery date. In case you are a healthy person, you should be seeing your health care provider every 4th week up until the 28th week, and every two weeks up until the 36th week, and every week for the rest of the time until delivery. In case you need to find a health care provider to treat you during your pregnancy, there are obstetricians/gynecologists, your family doctor, certified nurse-midwives, any of whom is a good choice, if you are in good health and do not expect any complications.

Prenatal Health CareSome Things You Should Avoid :
Alcohol
Alcohol is one of the things you should surely abstain from, as it readily passes to the baby who is ill equipped to cope with it.
Recreational Drugs
Recreational Drugs when used during pregnancy puts you and the baby at a host of risks such as premature birth, birth defects, poor growth and behavioral and learning problems. There is also a risk of congenital addiction for the baby.
Nicotine
If you smoke during pregnancy, it is as if the baby is smoking too. The nicotine and carbon monoxide is being passed to the baby too. The risks include stillbirth, asthma and other respiratory problems, prematurity, low birth weight, and others.
Caffeine
High caffeine consumption has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, so,it’s time to avoid that cup of coffee.
pregnancy weightCertain foods
Some foods to avoid are soft unpasteurized cheeses, unpasteurized milk, raw eggs or food containing raw eggs, raw or undercooked meats, shellfish or raw fish (sushi), processed meats, such as hot dogs, and although fish and shellfish can be extremely healthy for you, you should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish.
Sleep
You must get enough sleep while you are pregnant, as you will be feeling more tired. The most likely position for you to sleep comfortably is probably on your left side with your knees bent.
Over-the-counter Medication
Common over the counter medications should also be avoided for the potential side-effects on the baby.
Cat litter
Avoid contact with cat litter during pregnancy as you might get an infection, known as toxoplasmosis from it, which can cause serious problems like severe eye and brain damage, poor growth and prematurity.

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