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Autism Awareness Month

By: Spencer
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Did you know that autism affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.? April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to educate ourselves about this fast-growing developmental disorder.

 
Autism, or autism spectrum disorders, refers to a group of neurological developmental disorders that impacts the normal development of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function.

Once pregnant, you need to ensure that you and your baby get the proper nutrients.

 

  • Eat a variety of healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.

  • Drink lots of water.

  • Talk to your doctor about taking a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin. Iron is particularly important to prevent preterm birth and low birth weight.

     

    Avoid:

 

  • Food-borne illness by washing fruits and vegetables and fully cooking meats or fish,

  • Fish with lots of mercury, like swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish, and

  • Smoking and alcohol.

     

    Most importantly, see your doctor early and often before and during your pregnancy.

     

    From prenatal counseling, through labor and delivery and support for new moms – Adventist HealthCare offers comprehensive pregnancy and birth services. Schedule a maternity tour today or view our facilities online today!

         Each Wednesday at 7:40 am, Jerry & Blanca speak with local health professional, Rose Melendez, who offers helpful tips for your health and well-being, brought to you by our friends at Adventist HealthCareFind more Health Tips here.

 

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