It’s Positive! 5 Things to do Right Now

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Finding out that you are going to have a baby can produce a wave of emotions. The joy can also bring feelings of uncertainty. There are so many things to consider, questions that need to be answered. To get started, here is a countdown to the top five things you should do right now:


number-5Take a prenatal vitamin — You will need to increase your folic acid intake to 600 micrograms (mcg) a day to protect your baby against birth defects. Make sure to review the dose as some brands require two pills a day.

number-4Stop drinking alcohol — There is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. However, you shouldn’t worry about the drink or two you had before you realized that you were pregnant. What is important is the cumulative intake                     of alcohol during your entire pregnancy.

number-3Make yourself a tobacco-free zone — Smoking cigarettes, even second-hand smoke, exposes your baby to harmful chemicals while reducing blood flow. It increases the risk of having complications and birth defects.

number-2Avoid undercooked foods — Sushi, rare steak, deli meat, and undercooked meats may harbor harmful bacteria that can cause dangerous infections resulting in serious eye and brain damage to your developing baby. Food                              should be heated until it is steaming hot to eliminate all potential bacteria.

number-1Choose your healthcare provider and hospital — You can choose from OB/GYNs, midwives, and family practitioners. You may already have a vision as to what your birthing experience should be; therefore, choose a hospital                                with amenities to meet them. You want your provider to listen to you and                                respect your wishes. More importantly, you want to have the peace of mind that                    you will receive the best care possible throughout your pregnancy and                                    after the birth of your baby.

Visit our new website dedicated to your birth experience – ChildBirthandMore.org to learn more.

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