Having a Healthy Baby

Your world changes forever the moment you find out you are having a baby. The future of another human being will be in your hands. Once the baby is born, you will be his guide and teacher. You will provide for his many needs. This may seem a bit scary, but with love and knowledge you can be a wonderful and confident parent. You are about to take one of the greatest journeys of your life… the adventure of being a parent.

Remember that your baby is touched by everything you put in your baby during your pregnancy. The following are some helpful tips for having a healthy baby:

  • Do NOT smoke. This is one of the most important things you can do for your baby.
  • Stay away from smoke from other people’s cigarettes. Tell your family, friends and co-workers that the chemicals in the smoke are not good for the baby. They will understand.
  • Do NOT use drugs.
  • Do NOT take any herbs, or “home” remedies unless prescribed by your doctor.
  • Do not drink alcohol. (Alcohol affects cell division and increases the probability of congenital diseases.)
  • As soon as you think you might be pregnant, or once you find out that you are, see a doctor for prenatal care right away. The local public health department can help you to find a health care provider. Get check-ups at least once a month.
  • Be sure to take the prenatal vitamins the doctor recommends. The folic acid (a special B vitamin) in these vitamins helps prevent birth defects.
  • Eat foods that are good for you. Ask your doctor about the best diet for you and your baby.
  • Visit a dentist while you are pregnant. If you have tooth decay or gum disease when you are pregnant, it may cause your baby to be born too early, too small, or both.
  • Gather as much information about your pregnancy as you can to help you make the best decisions for you and your baby. The more you learn, the better your choices.
  • Avoid Stress

Things to Avoid While Pregnant

  • Hot Tubs, Saunas, or Steam Rooms
  • Cat Litter Boxes
  • X-Rays

—- from First5 Advice for New Parents

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