Prenatal Care Tips No One Ever Told You

Prenatal Care Tips No One Ever Told You

While many new parents welcome advice on the best way to feed, diaper, and swaddle their baby, tips on how to survive and thrive during pregnancy may also be appreciated.

Whether you're having a baby, seeking preventive care, or addressing a health issue, Dr. Thomas Hatchett and Britteny Barron, our midwife nurse practitioner, at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, can help. We provide women of all ages top-notch care using the latest technology and a personalized touch for the best possible experience.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy typically lasts about 40 weeks and includes three trimesters full of different milestones — and challenges. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to make the process easier and healthier.

Vitamins

While eating a healthy diet during pregnancy is obviously important, be sure to take a prenatal vitamin as well. It should contain 0.4 mg of folic acid and can even be started before conception.

Eating habits

Many moms-to-be hear about eating for two but in reality this is not true. About 300 extra calories per day is all you and your baby will need.

 Some women may suffer from heartburn during pregnancy. If this happens, try eating more and smaller meals throughout the day instead of three main ones.

Exercise

Don't be afraid to exercise while you're pregnant as long as the doctor says it's okay. Plan for 150 minutes per week of low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and yoga.

Dangerous foods

Avoid alcohol while pregnant, as it can affect the baby's development and result in lasting problems. It can also increase the chance of having a miscarriage or the baby being born prematurely and at a low birthweight. 

Do not eat cheeses made from raw or unpasteurized milk, which often includes feta, brie, and others, as they may contain the bacteria Listeria. If eaten, they could cause a miscarriage, premature birth, serious illness, or death.

Litter box

Cats may become infected with toxoplasmosis and the parasite can be passed on to people through contact with the animal's feces. An infection during pregnancy can cause significant health problems for the baby at birth or later in life, so moms-to-be should avoid scooping the litter box and always wear gloves when gardening.

Dental visits

Women who are pregnant are at higher risk for gum disease which can affect their — and their baby's — health. Be sure to stay up to date on dental check ups and tell the dentist about the pregnancy.

 In addition to trying to live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, it is important to have regular prenatal visits and learn about different birthing options, so when the big day comes, everything is ready. If you're looking for personalized care or just want to learn more about what we do and how we can help, call our office at 706-229-4718 for an appointment today or book one online.

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