A healthy pregnancy means a steadfast commitment to a lifestyle that will sustain you and your baby throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. For many, it means giving up habits and foods that could harm you and your unborn child.
We Recommend The Following For All Expecting Parents
STAY AWAY FROM SMOKING
If you smoke, it’s not too late to stop. Smoking decreases blood flow to your baby, which means that your baby will get less oxygen. Smoking also increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and sudden infant death syndrome.
DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
Drinking beer, wine, or liquor during pregnancy would harm a developing baby, causing birth defects and, in some cases, lifelong learning problems. Even small amounts of alcohol can hurt brain development.
DON’T USE DRUGS
Using street drugs (such as marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamines) can damage blood vessels and cause premature labor. Babies born to mothers who use these drugs are often irritable with sleeping and feeding problems.
Eating a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains will nourish your baby and improve your overall health. Add lean sources of protein, such as chicken, turkey, or fish.
Caffeine speeds up your heart rate and stimulates your central nervous system. It’s best to limit caffeine to two, 6-ounce cups of coffee, three cups of tea, or two cans of caffeinated soda each day.
It’s important to take note of emerging diseases that could impact your pregnancy.
PRE-REGISTER WITH THE MOTHER BABY CENTER
Taking a few minutes to pre-register for your upcoming stay at The Mother Baby Center will help decrease the stress of rushing to the hospital while in labor.
18 FOODS FOR PREGNANCY
Eating healthy is a huge part of caring for your baby! We have an easy list of 18 foods that will help you plan your meals during your pregnancy.