The healthcare you receive during pregnancy is important for the overall well-being of you and your baby. Expecting mothers who follow prenatal care guidelines supplied by their healthcare providers often deliver healthier babies. Some guidelines for prenatal care:
- Schedule an appointment with your obstetrician/gynecologist for an overall exam.
- Talk with your doctor about prenatal vitamins.
- Choose comfortable, loose-fitting maternity clothes and buy as you grow. Cotton is most comfortable. Purchase a well-fitting, supportive bra.
- Eat well-balanced, nourishing meals and drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids daily.
- Exercise in the first and second trimesters as directed by your doctor. Keep your heart rate below 140 beats per minute.
- Pay attention to your body posture and proper body mechanics.
- Rest as much as possible. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques.
- See your dentist. Be sure to inform him/her of your pregnancy.
- Carry your doctor’s telephone number with you at all times.
- Study your family history for any high-risk health factors you may have.
For more information on prenatal care available at the Family BirthPlace at Saint Francis Medical Center, call 877–231-BABY (2229).