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Prenatal care and nutrition

By: Spencer
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Pregnancy is an exciting yet nerve-wracking time for many expectant mothers – filled with questions about what to expect and how to give their baby the best possible chance at being born healthy.


Whether you’re a first time mom, or mommy veteran – prenatal care actually starts long before becoming pregnant.


In fact, doctors recommend that women begin preparing three months before getting pregnant. Follow these tips.

  • Make an appointment with your doctor – this could include your primary care doctor, OBGYN and any other specialists you may see for other health conditions.

  • Take 400-800 mg of folic acid daily for three months before getting pregnant.

  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

  • Be sure any medical conditions are under control, like asthma, diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • Update your vaccinations.

  • Talk to your doctor about any over-the-counter or prescription medicines that you may need to stop taking.


    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.



  • 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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