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Pregnancy & Childbirth Newsletter Monday, September 22, 2014

Spotlight: Before Your Pregnancy

What can you do to prepare yourself and your body for pregnancy ahead of time?

Having a healthy lifestyle is vital to you and your future baby.
Evaluale your daily jabits and take some time to make any necessary changes.
Follow these tips for a healthy pregnancy:
  • Make a pre-pregnancy visit to your physician, midwife or nurse practitioner.
  • Get your daily folic acid (400 micrograms daily).
  • Make healthy eating choices. Don't smoke, drink alcohol or abuse drugs.
  • Start exercising.


Nutrition

The importance of good nutrition during pregnancy

The first cries of a newborn baby are often music to the ears of parents. However, over the next weeks and months this "music" can become grating and painful. This is especially true when all attempts fail to stop the crying.Surprisingly, crying does not produce tears until after the first month or two. Crying is the way babies communicate. They cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue, and even loneliness. Sometimes, cries can easily be answered with food, or a diaper change. Other times, it can be a mystery and crying stops as quickly as it begins. Read More

Older Moms

Pregnancy Over Age 30

Many women today are waiting until later in life to have children. In the United States, birth rates for women in their 30s are at the highest levels in three decades. However, an older mother may be at increased risk for miscarriage, birth defects, and pregnancy complications such as twins, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and difficult labors. Some studies show that while there may be a greater likelihood of pregnancy complications in older women, their babies may not have more problems than babies of younger women. .Read More

Newborns

What are the crying patterns of a newborn?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 300 extra calories are needed daily to maintain a healthy pregnancy. These calories should come from a balanced diet of protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with sweets and fats kept to a minimum. A healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy can also help to minimize some pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and constipation. Read More

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