Pregnancy Care – Protect Your Baby

Optimal Pregnancy Care

Pregnancy CareCongratulations expectant mother! You’ve likely received well-meaning advice concerning pregnancy care from family, friends and perhaps total strangers. But, here is where you will only find correct information.

When you suspect or confirm you are pregnant, it is important to contact your physician to begin prenatal care regime. Throughout your pregnancy you will receive regular health care. Keeping all your appointments is vital. Your blood pressure and weight will be recorded at each visit.

You may expect to have medical tests, such as labs for blood work, urine and ultrasound. However, pregnancy is a team approach and you must carefully do your part to take care of you and your unborn baby’s health.

For more information check out the “To Do’s” and “Cautions” sections in the articles listed below:

  1. First Trimester
  2. Second Trimester
  3. Third Trimester

Let’s go over a few pregnancy care tips:


Because it is not possible to determine a safe amount of alcohol that may be consumed while pregnant, the wise woman will avoid alcohol completely. Binging (5 or more drinks on one occasion) is especially harmful to the baby’s development.


Scientific studies have determined that smoking heightens risks for miscarriage. It is shocking to realize toxins, such as nicotine, arsenic, carbon monoxide and lead transfer to the placenta. The placenta eliminates wastes and supplies baby with oxygen and nutrition. Poisonous substances in the placenta prevent baby from receiving correct amounts of nutrition and oxygen.

We urge you to try with all your might to quit. Otherwise, your child will be at greater risk for learning disabilities, respiratory problems and even problems with physical growth.


Limit daily intake of caffeine-containing drinks, such as sodas, tea or coffee. Medical experts recommend no more than five cups of tea or three cups of coffee in a day.

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Prenatal Supplements

Remember to take your daily prenatal supplement. Ensure that the multivitamin contains 600 mcg of folic acid for prevention of birth defects of the spinal cord and/or brain.

Iron is contained in prenatal vitamins to lower risks of babies with low birth weight or premature birth. Iron also guards against anemia.

If you do not obtain adequate calcium in your diet, your body diverts calcium from your bones to the unborn baby. Calcium is also in your prenatal supplements.

Finally, docosahexaenoic acid, a.k.a. DHA is one of the Omega-3 fatty acids, which support correct development of your unborn baby’s eyes and brain.

Note: check the ingredients list on your prenatal vitamins as some manufacturers do not include DHA in their product.

Interestingly, eggs are now available that are super-rich in Omega-3s. Read the ingredient labels to find a brand of your choice.

Toxoplasmosis originates from parasites found in cat feces. If you are a cat parent, delegate litter duties to someone else. If toxoplasmosis isn’t diagnosed and treated, birth defects can result.

Eating Right

Basically, you should consume daily:

  • 4-5 servings of veggies
  • 3-4 servings of fruit
  • 3 servings of meat, eggs, nuts, fish, beans or poultry,
  • 10 servings of whole grain bread, pasta or rice
  • 3 servings of dairy products

Consume fewer empty calories from sweets, processed foods, etc.

Remember to exercise!
Exercising sensibly and regularly during your pregnancy can lead to an easier labor.

Optimal pregnancy care plus healthy you equals healthy baby!

2 Responses to “Pregnancy Care – Protect Your Baby”

  1. Lucinda says:

    I was still smoking cigarettes and drinking way too much coffee and coca cola when I found out I was pregnant (an unplanned pregnancy). I’ve quit the bad habits but now I’m worried. Do you think I could have harmed my unborn baby? Lucinda

    • Anne says:

      Hi Lucinda, You’ve quit smoking…well done! The important thing now is that you are leading a healthier lifestyle. Perhaps you could have a talk with your Physician who will be able to provide more qualified information than I can. I’m sure everything will be alright.

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