How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy
The best thing you can do is to begin taking care of your baby before it is born. * Make an appointment with your healthcare provider and begin prenatal care early. * Make sure you don’t drink alcohol or take drugs. If you smoke, quit right away. * Talk with your healthcare provider (HCP) about what medications are safe to take during your pregnancy. Be honest and tell your HCP if you have used or abused drugs in the past or present. Be sure to tell your HCP about ANY medication you take - including herbs or over-the-counter medicine. Certain drugs can cause birth defects. * Take the prenatal vitamins that your HCP has prescribed. * Talk to your guidance counselor at school about your pregnancy, and find out about ways you can attend classes and finish your education. Many schools have special programs for teen parents. * Eat nutritious food. Teens need extra calories. Your body is still growing so while you are pregnant, you’ll need more calories from nutritious food to keep you and your baby strong and healthy. Your baby depends on you for food and water. Ask your HCP if you can meet with a nutritionist (a person who is trained to give advice on how to eat healthy). * Stay active and keep moving. Don’t be a couch potato. Unless your HCP has told you otherwise, you can participate in activities such as walking, running, swimming, dancing, etc. Exercise will keep your body strong and flexible, but avoid risky physical activities such as contact sports, downhill skiing, and amusement park rides. * Drink plenty of water - 6-8 glasses a day.
* Brush your teeth after meals and take care of your gums every day. * Rest whenever you can. Pregnancy takes a lot of energy! There will be times when you feel tired. Resting will help. * Keep a diary or blog of your pregnancy; reflect on your thoughts and feelings. * Stay away from chemicals that could be harmful to you or your baby, such as certain strong...
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