3 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
January 6th 2015
Get Prenatal Care
Prenatal care is the health care you get while you are pregnant. Take care of yourself and your baby by:
- Getting early prenatal care. If you know you're pregnant, or think you might be, call your doctor to schedule a visit. If you don’t have a doctor, contact RealOptions. We provide 1st and 2nd prenatal care, free of charge.
- Getting regular prenatal care. Your doctor or Nurse Practitioner will schedule you for checkups over the course of your pregnancy. Don't miss any — they are all important.
- Following your doctor's advice.
Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy. Babies of mothers who do not get prenatal care are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.
Doctors can spot health problems early when they see mothers regularly. This allows doctors to treat them early. Early treatment can cure many problems and prevent others. Doctors also can talk to pregnant women about things they can do to give their unborn babies a healthy start to life. (1)
"Never in a woman's life is nutrition so important as when she's pregnant and nursing," says Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, author of Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy. During pregnancy, what you eat and drink is the primary source of nutrition for your baby. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with nutrient-rich foods to ensure you are getting the boost you need during pregnancy, namely -- B6, B12, iron, calcium and folic acid. You should start in the produce section. Bananas and whole grains, rich in vitamin B6, encourage red blood cell formation. Sweet potatoes have vitamin A for growing bones. Spinach and salmon are full of calcium, which helps prevent bone loss during your pregnancy and aids the growth of your developing baby's bones. (2, 3)
Not only is it safe (once you get the "go ahead" from your doctor) to exercise during pregnancy, it's a good idea. A solid 30 minutes of exercise every day can help reduce backaches and constipation -- two common pregnancy complaints. It may also help you sleep better and boost your posture and mood, two things that tend to wane as pregnancy progresses. (3)
RealOptions Pregnancy Medical Clinics offers prenatal care to women in their first and second trimester of pregnancy (up to 24 weeks) who are uninsured. We provide the information you need to apply for Medi-Cal or private insurance and have transfer agreements with local hospitals for high risk patients.
After your limited ultrasound exam qualifying mothers-to-be can schedule their prenatal exams.
Our Nurse Practitioner will educate you on managing a healthy pregnancy and provide you with accurate information on what to expect when pregnant, fetal development and nutrition.
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2) Dove, Laurie L.. "Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy" 22 January 2010. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/pregnancy-and-parenting/pregnancy/issues/10-tips-for-healthy-pregnancy.htm> 11 December 2014.
4) Somer, Elizabeth. WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/top-tips-pregnancy-nutrition?page=3
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