During pregnancy, your baby is growing, your body is changing and so is your life. Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for the two of you.
HealthONE and the March of Dimes are partnering to educate women on how to give their babies the healthiest start in life through proper prenatal care and lifestyle choices. Talk to your doctor about these key points and how they fit into your pregnancy.
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Receive prenatal care
Regular prenatal care helps keep you and baby healthy. Your provider will give you prenatal tests to make sure your baby is growing healthy and monitor you for any problems or signs of preterm labor. Use this time to ask your provider questions about pregnancy and your baby. Call your health care provider right away if you think are having preterm labor or any other concerns.
Being active is healthy and safe for most pregnant women. It can help your body get ready to give birth. Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity on most days.
During pregnancy, your baby counts on you for the nutrients she needs to grow healthy and strong. Even if you eat healthy every day, you may need some extra help from supplements to make up for certain nutrients, like vitamin C, iron or folic acid, that you don’t get enough of in the foods you eat.
Your growing baby depends on you to keep him healthy. So keep both of you safe by staying away from things that can be harmful during pregnancy like alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes. It is never too late to change your behaviors and protect the health of your baby.
Getting to at least 39 weeks gives your baby the time he needs to grow. If there are problems with your pregnancy or your baby's health, you may need to have your baby early. But if you have a choice and you're planning to schedule your baby's birth, wait until at least 39 weeks. Visit worththewaitcolorado.com to learn more.