An obstetrician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Audra Meadows, MD, MPH spends much of her time advising women on how to optimize their health before, during, and after pregnancy to prevent low birth weight and other problems. Here are 12 tips from Dr. Meadows to help you ensure a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
#1 – Eat right
Eating a healthy diet is especially important for pregnant women. Your baby needs healthy food, not sugar and fat. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, calcium-rich foods, and foods low in saturated fat.
#2 – Get your vitamins
Make sure to get plenty of folic acid and calcium. You can get these and other necessary vitamins and minerals from food and a standard multivitamin. Spinach, oranges, broccoli, and kidney beans are rich in folic acid. Milk, yogurt, and spinach are packed with calcium. A daily prenatal multivitamin, however, can help ensure you get the right amount. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin.
#3 – Stay hydrated
A pregnant woman’s body needs more water than normal. Aim for eight or more cups each day.
#4 – Proper prenatal care
Women should get regular prenatal care from a healthcare professional. Mothers who don’t get regular prenatal care are much more likely to have a child with low birth weight. If available, consider group prenatal care. For more information visit Brigham Health Hub
What to do when you feel something isn’t right?
If you are at your prenatal appointment are even after and something just doesn’t feel right with yourself and/are your unborn child, either tell the doctor immediately or call the doctors office and explain what’s going on. If you don’t feel that sense of urgency from your doctor, go to the emergency room and explain to the doctor what’s going on. Advocacy is the key. If that doesn’t work contact us we will fight for you and your unborn child, Advocacy is key to a healthy delivery. The Milford Group http://www.themilfordgroup.org